Monday, May 5, 2008


NEW YORK, NY – Jezebel Records announces a May 6 release date for Someday, the new album from singer/songwriter/guitarist Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros.

Someday features 14 original songs, all written or co-written by Carillo, and showcases Frank’s talent for writing solid blue-collar roots rock, with touches of blues and roadhouse country laced throughout. The CD is fueled by the double-barrel attack of Carillo’s soulful vocals (which at times recall both Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott and Bruce Springsteen), and the meaty tone of his rock-sold guitar playing. The album was produced engineered and mixed by Paul Orofino, who also produced the band’s last CD (Bad Out There), and recorded at Millbrook Studios in upstate New York. Legendary Texas keyboard player Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, Bob Dylan), who Carillo met when the two were in John Hammond’s band, adds his distinctive keyboard work to four songs on the new CD.

Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros formed in 2004, and in addition to Frank on lead guitar and vocals the band includes Norman DelTufo on percussion/backing vocals, Eddie Seville on drums/backing vocals, Karl Allweier on upright bass/backing vocals and Frank’s brother Andrew Carillo on guitar.

The band’s debut CD, Bad Out There, was released in 2005 and resulted in rave critical reviews, extensive airplay on Triple A, Americana and Roots radio stations (including top 10 on XM Satellite Radio) and exposure throughout a number of retail outlets across the country such as Starbucks, TGI Friday’s, Hooters and Eddie Bauer. The album was also featured on several major airlines. “Red Queen,” a single off the album, was also warmly received at country radio.

A veteran triple threat as a singer, songwriter and guitar player, Frank Carillo’s distinctive guitar sound has been heard on record going back to impressive performances on Peter Frampton’s seminal albums, Wind of Change (`1972) and Frampton’s Camel (1973). Among his many other guitar credits are work on Carly Simon’s acclaimed Spy album (Carillo also co-wrote the song, “Pure Sin” with Simon on that record), plus tours of North America and Europe as a member of John Hammond’s band and on the bluesman’s album, Ready for Love.

Frank Carillo’s songwriting skills have also been employed on numerous albums in a wide assortment of music genres from rock and blues, to pop and country. He co-wrote “Play That Song Again” for Joan Jett’s multi-platinum album, Up Your Alley; as a duo with singer Annie Golden he recorded two albums in the early 1990s including the song, “Waiting for Someone,” which they performed on-screen in the film Prelude to a Kiss, as well as on the movie’s soundtrack; and he co-wrote seven songs on Golden Earring’s 2003 release, Millbrook, USA.

Carillo’s prior own projects included the band Doc Holliday, whose first album was produced by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones), and two solo albums for Atlantic Records: Rings Around the Moon (1978) and Street of Dreams (1979). Rings Around the Moon featured backing vocals by Yvonne Elliman, who sang on Eric Clapton’s hit single, “I Shot the Sheriff,” and on the Jesus Chris Superstar soundtrack; while Street of Dreams included a then-unknown singer named Michael Bolton on backing vocals.

During this time, Frank Carillo and his band toured extensively all over the world, opening for such artists as the J. Geils Band, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Bad Company. The Bad Company tour was particularly amazing, with 64 shows played before packed houses throughout the U.S., which generated many encores and standing ovations for Carillo and his band.

Over the years, Frank Carillo has developed an especially strong following in Europe dating back to his early tours, both in his own band and as a member of other groups. Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros embarked on their first headline tour of Holland and Germany in 2006, resulting in sold-out shows and several encores each night. With the release of Someday both in the U.S. and Europe, that fan base is expected to increase significantly, and the band expects to tour overseas as well as in the U.S. in support of the new CD.

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