"The lead single, ‘Write My Own Ending’, seems to sum up this mission statement in a manner that is both succinct and profound. Yearning to break out of the confines of a middle America existence, it surrounds itself with a traditional country sound in wailing but heartfelt vocals, a swaying beat and a mix characterized by the opposites of sweet fiddle and deep bass lines. " -For The Country Record by Vickeye
"Refreshing and genuine with true American grit."
"His songs stand apart from all of the bullshit that comes from the speakers of most mainstream country radio"
"Original songwriting with a touch of defiant underdog attitude but for a guy who's familiar with industry-outsider grounds, he's got pretty great pop chops"
"One of East Nashville's the Top Artists in East Nashville right now"
“A longtime troubadour is finally speaking in his authentic voice with subtly honed melodies and lyrics. Castle has some edges on his voice and he surrounds himself with professional players (including Bobby Keys)"”
"The musician’s country-rock style of songwriting is filled with emotion"
"I long ago lost what little patience I had for cookie-cutter country music cliché. This is a good dose of sustenance for country music fans looking for something more earthy than what typically plays on country radio. His voice is slightly growly and refreshingly unprocessed."
“Nashville’s Jerry Castle has a brand new album out and it is a killer. The album has many things in its favor, not the least of which is Castle’s voice. Clever writing and original arrangements help to make this an album that should garner plenty of attention.”
“Like Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Jerry Castle artfully blends rock and country in a way that neither genre dominates but both are present.”
“Todd Snider sang, “There isn’t nothing wrong with Nashville” a couple of albums ago. Unfortunately all too often when I am forced to listen to country radio I have to disagree. Then a record like Jerry Castle’s Don’t Even Ask is released and I am completely floored. Castle delivers what I would just simply call a great record!”
“Castle proves a winning performer of his own material. He can write a heartfelt tribute to his daughter ("Rainbows for Ava") or reflect sadly on a marriage gone wrong ("Bend"), though his usual subject is a kind of self-referential support system in which he bucks himself up to face life's challenges. He sings in a relaxed low tenor with a pronounced Southern twang, only occasionally adopting a somewhat more biting tone in the manner of, say, Steve Earle ("Charades"), singing over conventional country-pop arrangements.”
“Don't Even Ask is a strong album, where the messages rule supreme. The album is a real mix of genres. Country, folk, rock, bluegrass and western swing all have smaller or larger parts to play.”
“Castle's music wanders the rockier side of country (the side that has wah-wah pedals, for instance), his Appalachian roots filtered through an East Nashville lens — an influence evidenced by the album's backing musicians, a who's who of East Side royalty: guitarists Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt) and Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Dixie Chicks), drummer Fred Eltringham (The Wallflowers) and bassist James “Hags” Haggerty (Josh Rouse), to name just a few. Highlights include “Rainbows for Ava” (which morphs from a Lanois-esque verse into an anthemic country-radio chorus) and “Charades,” whose heartsick yearning bears faint echoes of Buddy Miller and Lucinda. And if there is any significance to the stormy premonitions of his cover art, at least you can take solace in the hopeful strains of “Life Gets Better.””
“Once primarily a hard-charging rocker, Castle displays increasing depth with “Don’t Even Ask.” It’s a work that any fan of his bands Toast or The World Outside would appreciate. But this record is also just as likely to attract new fans, warmed by the musician’s fresh take on the bonds of friendship and family – all wrapped in an inviting mix of rock and country.”
““Life Gets Better” is a hopeful highlight of this 11-track country disc. “Rainbows for Ava” and “Write My Own Ending” resonate with their knowing midlife vantage point of roads wisely and foolishly taken and journeys survived. Suggested for fans of Billy Vera, Gary Nicholson and Clint Black.”
“Charades,” is a countrified slant on Devendra Banhart and Zeppelin, which obviously has no relation whatsoever to Brooks & Dunn’s forced twanging and beer-gut BS. Like Gary Allan, the hooks are simple and don’t need racks of processors to get their points across.”