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Pistoleros started out as Mill Avenue mainstays, The Chimeras. The legendary Doug Hopkins - formerly of the Gin Blossoms - formed the group with Mark and Lawrence Zubia, Scott Andrews and Mark Riggs. The Chimeras quickly exploded on the local scene, but Riggs and Hopkins departed the group soon after.

Ultimately, Thomas Laufenberg and Gary Smith replaced Hopkins and Riggs and the crew forged onward landing major label deals with Hollywood Records and EMI Publishing. Changing its moniker to The Pistoleros, the group released its Hollywood effort, "Hang on to Nothing", which included the single "My Guardian Angel", written by Hopkins and Mark Zubia. "Hang on to Nothing" also featured songwriting collaborations with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Mark Perlman, Radney Foster and The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio.

The band furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort - "Pistoleros" - which included co-writes with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms and producer Marty Frederickson.

The guys marked their 10th anniversary with the concert collection "Pistoleros: Bars and Guitars". In 2012, to celebrate 20 years together, they re-released their first LP "Mistaken for Granted".

In 2014, Pistoleros signed with Fervor Records, leading to the 2015 release of "Shine," their first new studio album under their new label, yielding new instant Pistoleros classics like "I'm Concerned," and "Yo No Se."

By early 2017, original drummer Mark Riggs had re-joined the band, and the group headed back into the studio to record their second release for Fervor Records: "Silver," released in November 2017. Audiences were treated to an early release and music video of the album's debut single, "Did You Wake Up All Alone," and were introduced to the staples "You're Not Alone," "NYC Queen," among many others.

In 2018, the group received the news that Pistoleros had earned their place in the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, with their formal induction coming in July. As Pistoleros join a circle of legendary musical predecessors and contemporaries, the band holds its legacy and loyal following with abundant love and gratitude, while keeping their sights set on evolving in their art and embracing the future.