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, 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:

“This is a really awesome album, reminding me of the great late ’70s melodic rock…” Janne Stark /

“Resurrecting the power, dynamic and earthy vibe of ’70s rock, American Mafia knocks it out of the ballpark with Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine.” Todd K. Smith /

“Hard rock along the lines of Zeppelin or Bad Company at their best.” Steve Rosen / Journalist

“American Mafia have the songs and then some, from start to finish, this is a sure fire Rock N’ Roll Hit Machine.” Steve Reid /

“A stellar slice of classic rock that feels both familiar and refreshingly new.” Derric Miller /

“A hearty dose of classic, blues-soaked hard rock that brings back memories of Montrose, Led Zep, Robin Trower, etc.” Tony /[linkedin]