The Carnivaleros

Tallsome Tales


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"Delicious, infectious music, especially through those magnificent arrangements. An absolute must." – Holly Moors, Moors Magazine, The Netherlands, 2018

Tallsome Tales is comprised of 9 songs of bad luck and love along with 3 instrumentals, all penned by songwriter and bandleader Gary Mackender. Musicians who contributed their talents to this project are Karl Hoffmann, Joe Fanning, Les Merrihew, Björgvin Benediktsson, Catherine Zavala, Mitzi Cowell, Carla Brownlee, Ed DeLucia, Michael Oliver, Mike Coyle, Heather Hardy, and Don Armstrong along with horn charts by Greg Mackender.

And if you're curious about the stories behind the songs and the recording process, click on the podcast link above!

Here are a couple cuts from Tallsome Tales to check out...

Previous Releases


Dreams Are Strange | 2016

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"Dreams are Strange is the band’s fifth release, and every Carnivaleros CD is excellent, that much goes without saying, an intoxicating mixture of roots musics of all brands: zydeco, folk, Appalachian, Tex-Mex, swing, and, yep, even waltzes, though Big Louie and the Versailles Court would never recognize the lattermost incarnation here, I’m pretty damn sure. More, each disc is better than what preceded it. That alone should supply the band with ample reason to…cut it the hell out!! This is Earth, we’re allowed only just so much above our station, and then have to shuffle off the coil, so don’t force the envelope! The listener is advised to afterwards listen to The Osmonds, The Archies, or The Bangles as penance for having tasted of Eden and the apple."

- Mark S. Tucker, VERITAS VAMPIRUS, Issue 1,196, April, 2016

Strictly Tabu | 2014

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Happy Homestead | 2009

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Lost In the Graveyard | 2006

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