May 19, 2008
Album Review: Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros
Written by: Graham Clarke
Frank Carillo first made his mark in the music business by adding his distinctive guitar style to a couple of Peter Frampton's early '70s albums. He formed the band Doc Holiday not long after that and later toured as a solo with the J. Geils Band, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, and Van Halen. He's also written songs for Carly Simon, Joan Jett, and the British model/singer/actress Twiggy. In the '90s, Carillo teamed up with singer Annie Golden and created the duo Golden Carillo, which recorded two albums and toured extensively overseas.
Most recently, Carillo formed a new band called Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros, which features Carillo on guitar, harmonica, laud (a 12-string guitar from Spain), and vocals, along with Norman DelTufo (percussion/backing vocals), Eddie Seville (drums/backing vocals), Karl Allweier (upright bass/backing vocals), and Carillo's brother Andrew on guitar. Their second release for Jezebel Records, Someday, is a powerful mix of blues, roots-rock, and folk.
Carillo writes compelling songs, such as the opener, "Roll The Bones," "Gotta Be You," "The Way Out," and the cool track, "Eastern Time." The title track has a swamp blues feel to it, as does the eerie "Darkness Everywhere." He has a strong Springsteen quality to his vocals, and his guitar work is superlative. The band provides stellar support and legendary Texas keyboard player Augie Meyers (Bob Dylan, Texas Tornadoes, Sir Douglas Quintet, John Hammond) joins in on four tracks.
If you like your blues mixed with a healthy dose of heartland roots-rock, Frank Carillo & the Bandoleros' Someday will fit you like a glove.
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