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The Guitar Buzz - Albert Castiglia – Keepin On – CD Released

http://theguitarbuzz.com/cds-dvds/albert-castiglia-keepin-on/ Albert Castiglia – Keepin On – CD Released! Blues guitarist Albert Castiglia released his 5th CD,Keepin On, last month. Keepin On features five new original tunes, which display Albert’s continued growth as a songwriter and guitarist, plus his unique take on songs by John Lee Hooker (“I’m Goin’ Upstairs”), Mack Rice (“Cadillac Assembly Line”), T-Bone Walker (“My Baby Is Now on My Mind”), Robert Nighthawk (“Murderin’ Blues”) and Bob Dylan (“Till I Fell in Love with You”). Albert Castiglia (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”), began playing guitar at the age of 12. In 1990, he became a member of The Miami Blues Authority and was later voted “Best Blues Guitarist” by New Times magazine in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he was spotted by legendary blues singer/harmonica player Junior Wells, who asked Castiglia to join his band as a guitarist and singer. With Wells as his mentor, Albert performed at clubs and festivals across America, as well as in Canada and Europe. During that time, he also got the opportunity to play and jam with many other blues stars, including Pinetop Perkins, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, Lurrie Bell, Jerry Portnoy, Eddy Clearwater and Otis Clay. After Junior Wells passed away, Castiglia toured with Atlanta blues singer Sandra Hall. Castiglia is poised on the edge of a major breakout in the blues world. A soulful vocalist that reminds listeners of Van Morrison, a skilled instrumentalist, and a still-maturing songwriter that has gotten better with each album, Keepin On is the album that may make Albert Castiglia a household name among blues fans. [Listen to the hard driving first track: "Cadillac Assemble Line"] http://theguitarbuzz.com/cds-dvds/albert-castiglia-keepin-on/

Castiglia Brings Miami Heat Mainstream

Lee County Courier Tupelo, Mississippi Castiglia brings Miami heat mainstream When I think of Miami I think of hot temperatures, sandy beaches, palm trees and lots of young folks living the dream. Getting the blues doesn’t really come to mind. But thankfully my friend, Mark Pucci thought better and sent Miami native Albert Castiglia’s (pronounced "ka-STEEL-ya") latest CD Keepin’ On. Some play the blues. Some actually melt into the music and become part of it. Albert is the later. He was named the Best Blues Guitarist locally when he worked with his first band - The Miami Blues Authority. His style didn’t go unnoticed. Junior Wells got caught up in his sound in 1996, and asked Albert to play lead guitar for him. They toured all across the U.S. and Europe until Junior was dianosed with cancer in 1997, and would eventually pass in 1998. From there Albert hooked up with Sandra Hall "The Empress of the Blues." By 2002 he felt comfortable enough to release his first solo CD Burn and has been "keepin’ on" ever since. The disc is packed with five originals and some neat covers of songs like "Till I Fall in Love With You" by Bob Dylan and an early Peter Green tune "Cound Not Ask For More." I also really like the cover of Robert Nighthawk’s "Murderin’ Blues" where world reknown dobro player, Toby Walker, joins in. "I did two acoustic songs and enlisted dobro genius Toby Walker for them," Albert said. "I can honestly sum up those two tunes (the other being ‘Sweet Southern Angel’) with one word ‘magic.’ He did a great job and I hope we get to work together again." For more, go to www.albertcastiglia.com

Albert Castiglia's Keepin On Tops at Blues Radio

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/albert-castiglias-keepin-on-tops-at/ Part of: Blues Power Rankings Author: Josh Hathaway — Published: Oct 02, 2010 at 4:36 Congratulations go out to Albert Castiglia this week for reaching #1 on the Blues Power Rankings. Keepin On is ferocious, aggressive blues record that climbed the blues radio charts for several weeks. It has been in the upper reaches of the chart for some time but hadn't gathered enough steam to get to the top until this week. The big debut in this week's chart comes from one of the legends of blues harps, James Cotton. Cotton is indeed a giant in the blues story and Giant, his latest, debuts in the Top 10. The new disc just came out this week and I got to spend some time listening to it. It is near the top of my "to review" list and I hope to have something ready for us all to discuss really soon. One of the many things I love about the blues is the sense of history that comes with the music and fans' willingness to embrace the continued work of giants and grizzled veterans who helped shape and define the music. "Superharp" still has something to offer and it's great to have him still here with us, still playing, and fans lapping it up. Another great harp stylist who hasn't been at it quite as long as Cotton but is no rookie, Bob Corritore, has his Harmonica Blues making another nice surge this week. Other notable names in the Top 10 are Charlie Musselwhite, who is out touring in earnest to promote his The Well and Robin Rogers' Back In The Fire. Here is this week's Blues Power Rankings, the hottest albums and artists at blues radio. 1 Albert Castiglia - Keepin On 2 Elvin Bishop - Red Dog Speaks 3 Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire 4 Charlie Musselwhite - The Well 5 Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love 6 Bob Corritore & Friends - Harmonica Blues 7 James Cotton - Giant 8 Jimmie Vaughan - Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites 9 The Robert Cray Band - Cookin' In Mobile 10 Dr. John And The Lower 911 - Tribal 11 JJ Grey & Mofro - Georgia Warhorse 12 Davis Coen - Jukebox Classic 13 Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax - 100 Miles To Go 14 Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Spread The Love 15 Duke Robillard - Passport To The Blues 16 Gary U.S. Bonds - Let Them Talk 17 The Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs 18 Eddie Turner - Miracles & Demons 19 Karen Lovely - Still The Rain 20 Walter Trout - Common Ground 21 Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Have Blues, Will Travel 22 Steve Miller Band - Bingo! 23 The Blues Masters Featuring 'Big Al' Carson - 3 Phat Catz And 1 Skinny Dogg 24 Dave Specter - Spectified 25 Jay Gaunt - Harmonicopia

Living Blues Charts Albert #7 August 2010

Living Blues Charts August 2010 #7 Albert Castiglia "Keepin On" Living Blues Radio Charts Living Blues Radio Chart For August 2010 (Compiled 09/01/10) 1. Elvin Bishop, Red Dog Speaks, Delta Groove 2. Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Joined At The Hip, Telarc/Blues 3. Charlie Musselwhite, The Well, Alligator 4. Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Gonna Boogie Anyway, Earwig 5. Bob Corritore & Friends, Harmonica Blues, Delta Groove 6. Mitch Kashmar & The Pontiax, 100 Miles To Go, Delta Groove 7. Albert Castiglia, Keepin' On, Blues Leaf 8. Davis Coen, Jukebox Classic, Soundview 9. John Lee Hooker Jr., Live In Istanbul Turkey, Steppin' Stone 10. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Have Blues Will Travel, Alligator 11. Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Raising The Bar, Blind Pig 12. Various Artists, Jimmy Dawkins Presents The Leric Story, Delmark 13. Rob Stone, Back Around Here, Earwig 14. Eddie Turner, Miracles & Demons, NorthernBlues 15. Daddy Mack Blues Band, Bluesfinger, Inside Sounds 16. Travis “Moonchild” Haddix, A Dozen Times, Benevolent Blues 17. Steve Miller, Bingo!, Roadrunner 18. John Nemeth, Name The Day, Blind Pig 19. James Day, Firecracker, Neon Blue 20. Mississippi Heat, Let's Live It Up!, Delmark 21. Walter Trout, Common Ground, Provogue 22. Piano Red, Lost Atlanta Tapes, Landslide 23. J.J. Grey & Mofro, Georgia Warhorse, Alligator 24. Janiva Magness, The Devil Is An Angel Too, Alligator 25. Mitch Woods, Gumbo Blues, Club 88/Vizztone

Albert Castiglia #3 Weekly Blues Roots Charts W/E 9/3/2010

For the Week of September 03, 2010

TW LW Artist CD Title Label 1 3 ELVIN BISHOP RED DOG SPEAKS DELTA GROOVE 2 7 CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE THE WELL ALLIGATOR 3 4 ALBERT CASTIGLIA KEEPIN ON BLUES LEAF 4 20 LES COPELAND DON'T LET THE DEVIL IN EARWIG 5 5 MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS RAISING THE BAR BLIND PIG 6 17 JIMMIE VAUGHAN PLAYS BLUES, BALLADS & FAVORITES SHOUT FACTORY! 7 14 JJ GREY & MOFRO GEORGIA WARHORSE ALLIGATOR 8 8 SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL ALLIGATOR 9 2 JANIVA MAGNESS THE DEVIL IS AN ANGEL, TOO ALLIGATOR 10 6 JOHN NEMETH NAME THE DAY! BLIND PIG 11 15 THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND ROADSONGS SONY 12 10 WALTER TROUT COMMON GROUND PROVOGUE 13 30 KAREN LOVELY STILL THE RAIN PRETTY PEAR 14 19 BETTYE LAVETTE INTERPRETATIONS - THE BRITISH ROCK SONGBOOK ANTI- 15 45 TRAVIS 'MOONCHILD' HADDIX A DOZEN TIMES BENEVOLENT BLUES 16 12 STEVE MILLER BAND BINGO! ROADRUNNER 17 18 DAVIS COEN JUKEBOX CLASSIC SOUNDVIEW 18 13 DR. JOHN AND THE LOWER 911 TRIBAL 429 19 34 ALABAMA MIKE TAILOR MADE BLUES JUKEHOUSE 20 22 OTIS TAYLOR CLOVIS PEOPLE, VOL. 3 TELARC 21 29 MITCH KASHMAR & THE PONTIAX 100 MILES TO GO DELTA GROOVE 22 0 ERIC GALES RELENTLESS BLUES BUREAU INTERNATIONAL 23 11 TIM WOODS THE BLUES SESSIONS EARWIG 24 0 HOLMSTROM, LOGAN, HODGES TWIST-O-LETTZ MOCOMBO 25 21 MISSISSIPPI HEAT LET'S LIVE IT UP DELMARK 26 46 ERIC LINDELL BETWEEN MOTION AND REST SPARCO 27 23 BOB CORRITORE & FRIENDS HARMONICA BLUES DELTA GROOVE 28 0 JAMES DAY FIRECRACKER NEON BLUE 29 0 JW-JONES MIDNIGHT MEMPHIS SUN RUF 30 36 ROBERT CRAY COOKIN' IN MOBILE VANGUARD 31 26 ANDERS OSBORNE AMERICAN PATCHWORK ALLIGATOR 32 9 PETER PARCEK THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE VIZZTONE / REDSTAR ENTERTAINMENT 33 33 MITCH WOODS GUMBO BLUES CLUB 88 RECORDS 34 28 EDDIE TURNER MIRACLES & DEMONS NORTHERN BLUES 35 37 VARIOUS ARTIST THIS IS THE BLUES VOLUME THREE EAGLE 36 31 GRADY CHAMPION BACK IN MISSISSIPPI LIVE AT THE 930 BLUES CAFE EARWIG 37 0 OLI BROWN HEADS I WIN TAILS YOU LOSE RUF 38 0 GARY U.S. BONDS LET THEM TALK 101 DISTRIBUTION 39 0 BIG RAY & CHICAGO'S MOST WANTED TRAVELIN' LITE BIGMELLA PRODUCTIONS 40 32 JOHN LEE HOOKER JR LIVE IN ISTANBUL TURKEY CC ENT / COPYCATS 41 35 CEE CEE JAMES SERIOUSLY RAW - LIVE AT SUNBANKS FWG 42 1 PINETOP PERKINS / WILLIE 'BIG EYES' SMITH JOINED AT THE HIP TELARC 43 38 TORONZO CANNON MY WOMAN TA RECORDS 44 0 SWISSISSIPPI CHRIS HARPER FOUR ACES AND A HARP SWISSISSIPPI 45 0 ERIC BIBB BOOKER'S GUITAR TELARC 46 0 ANNI PIPER CHASIN' TAIL BLUES LEAF 47 44 ARSEN SHOMAKHOV ON THE MOVE BLUES LEAF 48 0 MARK ROBINSON QUIT YOUR JOB - PLAY GUITAR BLIND CHIHUAHUA 49 0 DON RAY BAND LONESOME RIDER MARGDON 50 0 RICK DERRINGER THREE KINGS BLUES BUREAU For the Week of September 03, 2010

Evansville, Indiana's News4U magazine - CD Review - Albert Castiglia - Keepin On

Albert Castiglia – Keepin On (Blues Leaf Records) 4.5 out of 5 stars The latest, highly anticipated release from Albert Castiglia is a great Electric Blues record with shining moments of acoustic mastery. Castiglia told me in June that he felt the album is the best he’s ever done. Listening to the work that he and the band put in on Keepin On, I’m not inclined to disagree. Castiglia set out to record Keepin On with the fewest number of overdubs possible, opting to see what grew out of the organic, live in the studio sessions. He brought in AJ Kelly on bass and Bob Amsel on drums for the record, and enlisted the help of some fantastic guests like Toby Walker and label mate Sandy Mack. Things kick off strong with “Cadillac Assembly Line,” a Mack Rice penned song at one time done up Funky by the great Albert King, but performed here at a blistering pace. Castiglia has really mastered his version of this tune since first recording it on his self-released 2002 CD Burn. Bill “Mighty” Quinn’s B3 Organ provides a great sonic backdrop to Bob Dylan’s “Till I Fell In Love With You.” Of the 12 songs on Keepin On, seven are covers. If I had one complaint about the disc, it’s that I enjoy Albert’s original music so much that I would have loved for more of it to appear here. He has a wonderful ability to select covers, though, and more often than not, tailors them into his own unique versions. Other covers on Keepin On include music from T-Bone Walker, Peter Green, Robert Nighthawk, and John Lee Hooker. “Do You Love Me?” was written by Iowa guitarist Jack Fickel, and features fellow Blues Leaf Records artist Nicole Hart singing backup. The Funky instrumental “Mojo 305” is the first of five original tunes on the album. The song has an almost Latin element to it, no doubt inspired by Castiglia’s Miami, Florida home. Emedin Rivera guests on congas for the track, and returns later in the album for “Do You Love Me?” Sandy Mack lends his amazing talent on the harmonica for “Could Not Ask For More,” a Slow Blues that clocks in at seven-and-a-half minutes. There’s also a great solo from Bill Quinn on piano here. “Keep On Keepin’ On,” the song that this album takes its name from, is an inspired track that features scathing social commentary about the current economic climate. It’s some of Albert Castiglia’s best songwriting work, and you can hear the emotion in both his vocals and his playing. Castiglia’s songwriting gets stronger with each album he puts out, and that’s evident when you listen to songs like “Keep On Keepin’ On,” and the terrific ballad “Getting’ By.” The Albert Castiglia penned “Closing Time” is another song pulled off of that 2002 release Burn. It’s grown over the years, going from a four-minute acoustic number to an electric, more than seven-minute Stone Cold Blues masterpiece. Dobro master Toby Walker sat in with Albert on two tracks, the wonderful original “Sweet Southern Angel,” and Robert Nighthawk’s “Murderin’ Blues.” The pair create some great music together in the acoustic setting, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time we get to hear the product of this great new partnership. -- "Johnny Full-Time” John Luttrell 'Johnny Full-Time' John LuttrellHost/Exec. ProducerFull-Time Blues http://www.fulltimeblues.com/ "I'd suggest you buy as many blues albums as you can." - 'Joliet' Jake Blues Listen to "Full-Time Blues Radio"Saturdays from 12:00-2:00pm During "A Case of the Blues"91.5 WUEV-FM Online at: http://www.wuev.org/ 2010 Cutting Edge Music Business Conference Panelist 2010 W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Emcee

Rambles Net - CD Review - Albert Castiglia - Keepin On

http://www.rambles.net/castiglia_keep10.html Albert Castiglia, Keepin On (Blues Leaf, 2010) South Florida guitarist Albert Castiglia (ka-steel-ya) plays fat, tough, heavily amped chords in his version of late-model blues. Nothing unusual about that, of course. It's the lingua franca of a genre that, at least on its electric side, sounds these days as much like a kind of rooted rock -- those roots sometimes no deeper than 1970s Southern rock-and-boogie bands -- as the sort of downhome folk music that blues used to be. You can hold the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix ultimately responsible in a good way or in a bad way, depending on how you feel about these things, but they were bound to happen regardless, and we live with them. The question before us now is how effectively they're accomplished.

The answer on Keepin On, happily, is well indeed. No blues pretender, Castiglia knows the music intimately, and so he knows when to ramp it down. He ramps it down, too, on more than just a couple of nicely executed acoustic tunes, which include his own romantic "Sweet Southern Angel" (which contains a brief but surprising lyrical allusion to the traditional "900 Miles") and Robert Nighthawk's not quite so loving "Murderin' Blues," played and sung with sufficient authority that one can almost imagine them on a mid-century Alan Lomax field recording.

Not quite everything on the electrical side is on full throttle, and even when it is, Castiglia isn't wasting a whole lot of notes, which is where the artist gets separated from the annoyer. His masterly readings of T-Bone Walker's "My Baby is Now on My Mind," John Lee Hooker's "Goin' Upstairs" and Peter Green's "Could Not Ask for More" will warm any blues-lover, even a thin-skinned one. He's an engagingly gritty singer, too. Fundamentally, Keepin On succeeds because of Castiglia's manifest musical/literary intelligence and his imposing taste in material. The album kicks off with the hard-driving "Cadillac Assembly Line," composed by Mack Rice, a working man's tale of woe as soulful as Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" (which is not a blues, by the way). He revisits the theme on his own original title song three cuts later. Unlike many of its modern-blues contemporaries, the CD usually feels more grounded, where real blues ought to be, than atmospheric.

Castiglia also reminds me that Bob Dylan once wrote something called "Till I Fell in Love With You," which frankly I'd forgotten. (It's on his 1997 Time Out of Mind.) Castiglia makes it his own, causing this listener to reflect that the man has drawn all the right blues lessons from Dylan. There isn't much about Dylan one could call "under-appreciated," but if there is, it's his skills as a bluesman. Castiglia is among the relative few to have picked up on that, just one more of his unexpected virtues.

Albert Castiglia #4 Weekly Blues Root Charts W/E Aug 27, 2010

W LW Artist CD Title Label

1 5 PINETOP PERKINS / WILLIE 'BIG EYES' SMITH JOINED AT THE HIP TELARC

2 7 JANIVA MAGNESS THE DEVIL IS AN ANGEL, TOO ALLIGATOR

3 1 ELVIN BISHOP RED DOG SPEAKS DELTA GROOVE

4 11 ALBERT CASTIGLIA KEEPIN ON BLUES LEAF

5 4 MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS RAISING THE BAR BLIND PIG

6 2 JOHN NEMETH NAME THE DAY! BLIND PIG

7 0 CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE THE WELL ALLIGATOR

8 3 SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL ALLIGATOR

9 23 PETER PARCEK THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE VIZZTONE / REDSTAR ENTERTAINMENT

10 8 WALTER TROUT COMMON GROUND PROVOGUE

11 14 TIM WOODS THE BLUES SESSIONS EARWIG

12 15 STEVE MILLER BAND BINGO! ROADRUNNER

13 19 DR. JOHN AND THE LOWER 911 TRIBAL 429

14 25 JJ GREY & MOFRO GEORGIA WARHORSE ALLIGATOR

15 6 THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND ROADSONGS SONY

16 38 FOGHAT LAST TRAIN HOME FOGHAT RECORDS

17 17 JIMMIE VAUGHAN PLAYS BLUES, BALLADS & FAVORITES SHOUT FACTORY!

18 16 DAVIS COEN JUKEBOX CLASSIC SOUNDVIEW

19 20 BETTYE LAVETTE INTERPRETATIONS - THE BRITISH ROCK SONGBOOK ANTI-

20 21 LES COPELAND DON'T LET THE DEVIL IN EARWIG

21 29 MISSISSIPPI HEAT LET'S LIVE IT UP DELMARK

22 13 OTIS TAYLOR CLOVIS PEOPLE, VOL. 3 TELARC

23 9 BOB CORRITORE & FRIENDS HARMONICA BLUES DELTA GROOVE

24 0 SHAKURA S'AIDA BROWN SUGAR RUF

25 24 MORELAND & ARBUCKLE FLOOD TELARC

26 37 ANDERS OSBORNE AMERICAN PATCHWORK ALLIGATOR

27 0 CHRIS JAMES & PATRICK RYNN GONNA BOOGIE ANYWAY EARWIG

28 10 EDDIE TURNER MIRACLES & DEMONS NORTHERN BLUES

29 12 MITCH KASHMAR & THE PONTIAX 100 MILES TO GO DELTA GROOVE

30 26 KAREN LOVELY STILL THE RAIN PRETTY PEAR

31 27 GRADY CHAMPION BACK IN MISSISSIPPI LIVE AT THE 930 BLUES CAFE EARWIG

32 42 JOHN LEE HOOKER JR LIVE IN ISTANBUL TURKEY CC ENT / COPYCATS

33 30 MITCH WOODS GUMBO BLUES CLUB 88 RECORDS

34 0 ALABAMA MIKE TAILOR MADE BLUES JUKEHOUSE

35 32 CEE CEE JAMES SERIOUSLY RAW - LIVE AT SUNBANKS FWG

36 22 ROBERT CRAY COOKIN' IN MOBILE VANGUARD

37 47 VARIOUS ARTIST THIS IS THE BLUES VOLUME THREE EAGLE

38 31 TORONZO CANNON MY WOMAN TA RECORDS

39 43 HARPER STAND TOGETHER BLIND PIG

40 0 JIMMY BOWSKILL LIVE SELF

41 0 VARIOUS ARTIST BIG BLUES EXTRAVAGANZA! - THE BEST OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS COLUMBIA / LEGACY

42 0 JOHNNY WINTER THE PROGRESSIVE BLUES EXPERIMENT CAPITOL / EMI

43 0 CATHY LEMONS & JOHNNY ACE LEMONACE VIZZTONE

44 35 ARSEN SHOMAKHOV ON THE MOVE BLUES LEAF

45 33 TRAVIS 'MOONCHILD' HADDIX A DOZEN TIMES BENEVOLENT BLUES

46 0 ERIC LINDELL BETWEEN MOTION AND REST SPARCO

47 45 RON HACKER AND THE HACKSAWS BURNIN' BLUE SKUNK

48 0 BLIND WILLY WILLING TO CRAWL SPEC

49 0 KID AND NIC SHOW GOIN' DOWNTOWN SELF

50 0 ROOT WHAT I LIKE ROOTETOOT

Crossroads Blues Society Newsletter - CD Review - Keepin On - Albert Castiglia

Blues Leaf Records's Notes (0)Notes About Blues Leaf Records (0)Blues Leaf Records's Drafts (0)Browse Notes Friends' Notes (0)Pages' Notes (0)My Notes (0)My Drafts (0)Notes About Me (0)Tagged Albert Castiglia Albert Castiglia Bill Quinn Toby WalkerSubscribe Blues Leaf Records's NotesEdit import settings ReportEditCrossroads Blues Society Newsletter - CD Review - Keepin On - Albert Castigliaby Blues Leaf Records on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 2:31pm Keepin' On Albert Castiglia Blue Leaf Records ww.albertcastiglia.com/ 12 Tracks Albert Castiglia began his music career in Miami, Florida in 1990 with a group called The Miami Blues Authority, winning local competition as "Best Blues Guitarist." In 1996 he met Junior Wells and became his lead guitar player until Well's death in 1998. Having toured with Junior, he ended up in Chicago and started touring with Sandra Hall. Albert has also performed and jammed with blues greats Pinetop Perkins, Aron Burton, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sugar Blue, Melvin Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Billie Boy Arnold, Phil Guy, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Jerry Portnoy, Larry McCray, Lee Oskar, Michael Coleman, J.W. Williams, Little Mack Simmons, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Burns and Otis Clay. Since opening for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, he's quickly becoming a popular performer across the country. During a recent Midwest tour, I had the pleasure of seeing Albert perform in Sterling, Illinois at Starlight's Theatre and Lounge along with Dave Gross on bass. I now understand why he has become so popular after the stellar performance he gave that summer night. The release of his 5th cd Keepin' On includes five new original songs, plus other covers by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, TBone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan. The cd opens with a Mack Rice tune "Cadillac Assembly Line" and the Bob Dylan song "Till I Fell In Love" displaying Albert's blues-rock side quite well. An original Albert Castiglia tune "Mojo 305" opens with a great bass intro and continues with a solid guitar instrumental. He follows with an orignial swamp boogie title "Keep On Keepin' On". It is then time to slow things down with a TBone Walker tune "My Baby is On My Mind". With the next title, "Do You Love Me" Castiglia keeps a funky rhythm in the begining before taking a high-energy blues solo on guitar. A Peter Green song "Could Not Ask For More" features a piano solo from Bill "Mighty" Quinn and another great guitar solo from Albert as he delivers with the fire we would expect. With the support of Toby Walker on the dobro guitar, Albert's original tune "Sweet Southern Angel" searches back into the roots of blues with this acoustic showcase. Castiglia continues some down home acoustic guitar with Robert Nighthawk's "Murderin' Blues". The next selection is a John Lee Hooker tune "Goin' Upstairs" done with that swamp boogie groove. The cd is concluded with a soulful original "Gettin' By" and an original masterpiece "Closing Time" delivered with the Albert Castiglia guitar style that is becoming so popular in the blues world today. This cd is a good collection of the past and present presented by, in my estimation, one of the best blues performers today. Albert Castiglia continues the blues tradition as a great representative of the next generation of blues artists.

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