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The best kept secret in music


"Thumbs Up from The Underground Garage"

“ (Instro-mania is) a great CD – it’s our pleasure to play it.”
- Dan Neer, executive producer of Steven Van Zandt’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” radio show
- Dan Neer - Executive Producer

"Monsters of Roots-Rock"

“The Dillengers have long displayed the integrity to be standard-bearers of the South Florida roots-music scene… (their live show) can include anything from George Jones to the Ramones, punctuated by goofy original tunes and stoked with hipster attitude…Upon hearing their live CD and guitarist Rick Rossano's superlative picking, especially his muscular yet delicate slide guitar, the national music magazine GuitarOne named him one of America's ten best guitarists.”
- Bill Meredith, New Times - New Times Magazine

"How Can A Band This Good Stay Unknown?"

“ of Florida's best-kept and best-loved musical secrets.. the trio has been burning up the blacktop and building a burgeoning fan base with its crazy-good, lounge-a-riffic sound.. a huge sense of fun and superb skill.. (The Dillengers) can switch from surging surf rock to classic country a la George Jones to Ramones-era punk to Elvis classics to speed-metal polkas.. catch guitarist Rick Rossano's incendiary fretwork.”
- Kati Schardl,

"Critics' Choice '04 - Best Band"

“..guitarist Rick Rossano blows minds with surf-punkabilly trio The Dillengers, leaving a number of jaws dangling about knee-level… no one in South Florida bends a string or works a toggle switch like this guy… bad, bad, bad.”
– Jake Cline, City Link
- City Link

"The Dillengers Bring The Heat Every Time"

“..a blistering live set included the themes from the movie “Goldfinger” and The Monkees TV show, a Patsy Cline cover, an avalanche of surf music, and an original song about sighting a naked Elvis at the zoo with a three-foot Slim Jim… the humor and theatrics of The Dillengers disguises a serious commitment to American Music.”
– Scott Messmore, Boynton Times
- Boynton Times

"Greatness In Our Own Backyard"

“..wonderful, throat-lumping… their original material brilliantly captures the band’s irreverent sense of humor, intelligence, and most of all, cojones.”
– Bob Weinberg, Miami Herald
- Miami Herald


The Dillengers - Live At Elwoods (self-released) - airplay on KZSU, various other college radio

The Dillengers - Instro-Mania (Favored Nations) - airplay on NPR, Little Steven's Underground Garage, WFMU, KZSU, etc

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Feeling a bit camera shy


Recently, Rick Rossano from The Dillengers was named one of the Top Ten Unknown Guitarists in the USA by Guitar One Magazine. By no surprise,
Steve Vai, fellow monster guitarist also agreed, calling Rick “a master of roots guitar”. He recently signed The Dillengers to his record label Favored Nations.

Consistently named best band in South Florida magazines & polls, The Dillengers have gained that recognition by continuously playing clubs and concerts with people like The Dixie Chicks, Little Richard, Los Straitjackets, NRBQ, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood, The Turtles, Marshall Crenshaw, Link Wray and The Red Elvises.

Although renown in the Southeast U.S., they have yet to break into the world…until now. The Dillengers just released their new album “Instro-Mania” on Favored Nations. It’s a sincere tribute to Essential Instrumental Classics that includes unique re-interpretations of the themes from the movies "Goldfinger" and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, a tidal wave of tradition-based surf music executed with an electrifying urgency, and new original material that fits in seamlessly.

Their live show includes a thrilling mix of traditional & contemporary blues, Country classics, punk, pop, jazz, and rockabilly, all delivered with three part harmonies, sweat and buckets of humor.