May 19, 2008
Album Review: Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros
Written by: Don Crow
Guitarist and songwriter Frank Carillo has lent his considerable skills to albums by Peter Frampton and John Hammond, and has opened for the likes of Tom Petty and J. Geils. He and his Bandoleros have just released "Someday," fourteen cuts of Americana-roots-blues-rock that serves as a fine showcase for Frank's excellent musicianship and well-crafted tunes. Frank supplies vocals, guitars, and B-3, and is backed by brother Andrew on guitars, Karl Allweier on bass, Eddie Seville on drums, and Norman Deltufo on percussion.
Frank Carillo's vocal delivery might remind some of Bruce Springsteen, while his lyrical looks at life and what goes into it leans toward that of Tom Waits. Many of Frank's songs have nefarious character references throughout, given his love for British folk music, where there always seemed to be an element of danger in the songs. Check out an excellent example of this in the leadoff cut, "Roll The Bones," full of betrayals, graveyards, and "bags of money." The title cut is a swampy taste of acoustic blues, featuring Frank's harp, and slide and background vocals from Eddie Seville. Ex-Sir Douglas Quintet keyboard man Augie Myers kicks off "Gotta Be You" with a monster piano riff that rocks throughout the song, and again has harp from Frank, and slide from brother Andrew. A stone rockin' party anthem shows up, too, in "Don't Get Sammy Started."
For us, there were two favorites. A person who's reached the end of their rope is the subject of "Lucky If You Can Breathe," again with Augie Myers on keys. And, another song full of intrigue is "Eastern Time," with its characters seemingly always one step ahead of the law, "slipping Immigration" for meetings in "alleys in old Kowloon." This one plays out like "The Maltese Falcon" set to music.
Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros have come up with a set that captures their swagger, spirit, and knack for a good story. For a taste of blue-collar blues-rock at its best, enjoy "Someday!!!" Until next time....Sheryl and Don Crow.
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