The musicians in Los Pistoleros had played together many times before they became an institution. They met playing in groups in and around London and at recording sessions for TV adverts, film sound tracks and other people’s records. With a mutual respect and enjoyment in each other’s musicianship it was only a matter of time before they got together.
They have been called Britain's super-star Americana band and the UK answer to the Mavericks but they are not really “country” players. Over the years they have worked separately and severally with some of the top names in pop and rock music. The music they play encompasses the best elements of the Americana that they love including: R’n’B, Tex-Mex, Rock’n’Roll, Country and Swing.
Bobby Valentino first carved his reputation as a renegade virtuoso during the punk era as a founder member of The Fabulous Poodles but is most often recognised as the violinist and co-writer of the smash No.1 hit “Young at Heart” by the Bluebells. His inspirational violin playing has gone on to be heard working with artists as varied as Bob Dylan; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Alabama 3 & Shania Twain.
BJ Cole is best known as the sonic terrorist of the pedal steel and over the last 30 years has succeeded in pushing the barriers of the instrument to uncharted territories. He has worked alongside artists of the caliber of: Marc Bolan; Sting; Pet Shop Boys; Pink Floyd; Elton John; REM; Elvis Costello; The Verve; Robbie Williams and Dolly Parton.
Martin Belmont started his playing career in the classic 70's pub-rock band Ducks Deluxe. He later went on to become a founder member of Graham Parker & the Rumour, Nick Lowe’s Cowboy Outfit and Carlene Carter’s CC Riders. But the role he is most proud of is being the hands of Eddie Grundy in the “Archers” on BBC Radio 4 - whenever Eddie ‘plays’ guitar, it is Martin!
The word ’bass’ seems too small for what Kevin Foster brings to Los Pistoleros. Not only does he have the uncanny ability to marshal the group's musical telepathy but also, unlike his compadres he sees little need to name-drop. If persuaded he will, however, admit to day-trips with Hank Wangford and Jackie Leven and Doll By Doll.
Jim Russell has has worked for producers of the calibre of Martin Rushent (Human League, Stranglers, etc) and Langer & Winstanley (Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Elvis Costello, etc), he ended up as “The League’s” drummer. He is was drummer of choice for Scotty Moore, and fact fans he is the drummer on Stretch’s “Why Did You Do It”. These days, he is also a regular with Paul Young.