AMERICAN MAFIA is the brainchild of guitarist Tom Jude and bassist Freddy Villano, and their debut CD, Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine, is forged from the same sonic template as their ’70s forefathers, specifically, Foreigner, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and early Whitesnake, to name but a few. According to Steve Reid at seaoftranguility.org, American Mafia “craft an assured slice of various ’70s rock that drips with authenticity.”
Jude and Villano formed American Mafia after the demise of their previous band, Holy Water, a result of lead singer David Knight’s untimely death early in 2014. Together with drummer Bobby Marks, Jude and Villano decided to honor Knight’s legacy by enlisting a world class line-up of singers to help complete the record they’d started together. The names should be familiar to just about any hard rock aficionado: Don Chaffin, (VOX/Red Lamb), John West (Royal Hunt/Artension), Jimmy Kunes (Cactus), Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan) and Ed Terry (Rondinelli).
They re-branded this union of rock and roll rogues American Mafia and released Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine on August 25th, 2014 on Grooveyard Records. Produced by Villano, the record is already receiving accolades for its straight-up, hard rock approach.
Here is the band's new video for their second single "Death and Satisfaction" that was released on August 25th:
Freddy Villano is an accomplished bassist, producer and songwriter. In his professional career he has held down the low-end on tour with internationally acclaimed artists such as Quiet Riot, Widowmaker (w/Dee Snider of Twisted Sister) and Dee Snider and the SMFs, with whom he headlined Sweden Rock Festival in 2001. He has co-written, produced and played bass on countless independent records by original bands including Geezer (Ripple Music), Awaken (Mausoleum), Holy Water (Perris), Sugar Love Honey (Manic), gaggle of cocks (Sliptrick) and Redline (Retrospect), to name but a few. In 2013 he teamed up with a stellar ensemble of musicians to record the debut from Outliers. The band features guitarists Earl Slick (David Bowie/John Lennon) and Reeves Gabrels (The Cure/Tin Machine), drummer Sterling Campbell (The B-52s/David Bowie) and vocalist Michael Houghton (Noel Redding and Friends), among others. Villano also recorded Slick’s yet-to-be-released solo/instrumental record, Fistful of Devils, in 2013 as well.
Learn more about American Mafia here: americanmafiaband.com
Grab their debut album, Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine, here: grooveyardrecords.com
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