The Carnivaleros


“A guaranteed party starter that hails from Tucson but extends its sonic tendrils to New Orleans and Beyond.” – Fred Mills, Blurt Online, 2018

The songs on Tallsome Tales cover a spectrum of grooves and feels, just as you've come to expect with this outfit; songs of bad luck and love mixed in with strains of what could be western film soundtracks. Bandleader Gary Mackender incorporates the liberal use of accordions, banjos, mandolins, guitars, baritones, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones along with an always strong rhythm section of bass and drums.

Mackender plays accordion and sings and the band is comprised of his long-time friend and formidable bassist Karl Hoffmann, multi-instrumentalist Joe Fanning on electric and acoustic guitars, baritone, and mandolin, Seattle's own Les Merrihew on the drums, and our most recent addition to the band, Björgvin Benediktsson on electric and acoustic guitars, and vocals. They form the core of the band now playing and recording as The Carnivaleros.

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L-R: Joe Fanning, Björgvin Benediktsson, Gary Mackender, Karl Hoffmann, and Les Merrihew

CD History

Dreams Are Strange | 2016
Strictly Tabu | 2014
Happy Homestead | 2009
Lost In the Graveyard | 2006