http://truefire.com/blog/100-gifted-guitarists Albert Castiglia With the release of Castiglia’s 5th CD Keepin On, Albert is doing exactly what the title of the CD suggests. Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, he’s quickly becoming a favorite high energy performer across the country. In 1990 he played in a local Miami Band, The Miami Blues Authority, and won awards locally for “Best Blues Guitarist.” He got a big break after meeting the legendary Junior Wells in 1996, and became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. Afterwards he was touring again with Sandra Hall. In 2006, he released A Stone’s Throw, his first release for Blues Leaf Records, which included two of Graham Wood Drout’s insightful songs, “Big Toe” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Castiglia and Drout also released a live CD together, titled The Bittersweet Sessions, in 2005. His 2008 CD, These are the Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.” Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and this time walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.” Most of his new CD release, Keepin On, was recorded live with very few overdubs. It features five new original tunes, plus other covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, T-Bone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan. Official Website: www.AlbertCastiglia.com
MIDWEST RECORD – CHICAGO, IL – JULY 16, 2010 BLUES LEAF ALBERT CASTIGLIA/Keepin' On: He might have only been with Junior Wells for two years before Wells died, but it was enough to power the rocket fuel that zinged him out of his Florida blues cocoon and into the high octane of power trio blues that’s a throw back to the Chicago punch press industrial blues with a load of today mixed in. Just the kind of cat you would expect to open for ZZ Top, Castiglia and his two merry men stir it up as well as they tear it up. Hard core, electric blues that would make Mike Bloomfield smile and know he did good with what he left behind. This guy is a winner and he’s got the awards to prove it. – Chris Spector
BLUES IN BRITAIN Albert Castiglia – Keepin’ On Blues Leaf Records BL9846 Albert Castiglia is one of the “younger” new generation of blues performers who have learned their trade playing with older generation artists – in Castiglia’s case the great Junior Wells. It is significant that the title of this set is “Keepin’ On,” as Castiglia delivers a set that reflects Wells’ penchant for funky blues – and one which I am sure the great man would be proud of. Castiglia is backed by AJ Kelly (bass) and Bob Amsel (drums) with guest appearances by Bill “Mighty” Quinn (keyboards), Emedin Rivera (congas/cyclone shaker) and acoustic maestro Toby Walker (dobro), as he delivers a pungent mix of well chosen covers and well crafted originals. He opens with a wild and funky rendition of Sir Mack Rice’s “Cadillac Assembly Line” that brings to mind elements of both Hendrix and Cream – maintaining the mood and feel on Bob Dylan’s “Till I Fell In Love With You”. “Mojo 305” is a funky instrumental grinder that allows Castiglia to stretch out and demonstrate his guitar virtuosity – “Keep On Keepin’ On” with it’s robust vocals, wailing guitar and shimmering slide slows down the tempo followed by T-Bone Walker’s “My Baby Is Now On My Mind,” replete with anguished vocals and superb guitar (still with those Hendrix/Cream influences). “Do You Love Me?” returns to the funk with it’s percolating B3 and wonderful Rivera percussion – Peter Green’s “Could Not Ask For More” with it’s mellifluous piano and moaning guitar is a real “killer” – whilst the relaxed country swing of “Sweet Southern Angel” is a sheer delight, totally enhanced by Walker’s dobro and Castiglia’s fine guitar picking. “Murderin’ Blues” is a wonderful tribute to slide meister Robert Nighthawk – Hooker’s “Goin’ Upstairs” is inevitably a relentless boogie (as it should be) – whilst “Getting’ By” is a fine example of vintage rock’n’roll balladry permeated with shades of Guitar Slim. As I said earlier – Junior would be proud of this set – enough said! (www.bluesleaf.com) Rating 8 Mick Rainsford
http://blues411.com/?p=607 CD Reviews – Albert Castiglia Posted on October 20th, 2010 Over the last few years we have been blessed with a talented outcropping of fine young blues players from all over the world. The list of names is as long as their combined tour schedules, but Albert Castiglia (Ka-STEEL-Ya), and JW-Jones will be featured on these pages today. Both of these young men appear to be poised for a major breakout in the blues world as evidenced by their latest releases. Keepin’ On (Blues Leaf Records) is the latest release and may make Albert Castiglia a household name. I have enjoyed all of Albert’s releases – especially his previous one, A Stone’s Throw – but this release shows a new level of maturity both as a guitarist and as a song writer. With five of his original songs contained herein, Albert has shown steady progress in how to craft a song and relate it to his audience on ‘vinyl’. My pick of his entrees is ‘Sweet Southern Angel’ in which Dobro master, Toby Walker sits in with him. I am especially fond of this because of the acoustic sound and wonderful interplay between artists. You can view this session here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLPmxmcoCS4. Albert covers songs by Bob Dylan (Till I Fell In Love With You), T-Bone Walker (My Baby Is Now On My Mind), Robert Nighthawk (Murderin’ Blues), Mack Rice (Cadillac Assembly Line), John Lee Hooker (Goin’ Upstairs) and Peter Green (Could Not Ask For More). But these are not just standard covers as Albert infuses them all with his personal feel for the songs and how they relate to him. His voice may well be the most underrated aspects of his talent and on these songs he features it in a sparkling array of styles and tones. Quite possibly my other fav might be “Could Not Ask For More”, which has Albert exploding on guitar solos, and some serious give and take with Bill Quinn on keyboards. Other guest artists on Keepin On include vocalist Nicole Hart, and percussionist Emedin Rivera. As well as the aforementioned Toby Walker and Bill ‘Mighty’ Quinn (so what did they nickname people named Quinn before ‘the mighty’) ? So folks, if you haven’t hipped yourself to Albert Castiglia yet, do so now because this guy is going to be huge, I tell ya, Huge !
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The results are in for The House of Blues Radio Hour's Top 10 Blues Albums of 2010 -- as voted by you!
#10 Cyndi Lauper- Memphis Blues #9 JJ Grey and Mofro - Georgia Warhorse #8 Kenny Wayne Shepherd- Live! In Chicago #7 Janiva Magness- The Devil is an Angel Too #6 Charlie Musselwhite- The Well #5 Albert Castiglia- Keepin' On #4 Eric Clapton- Clapton #3 Jimi Hendrix- Valleys of Neptune #2 Joe Bonamassa- Black Rock #1 Buddy Guy- Living Proof
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1 PINETOP PERKINS / WILLIE 'BIG EYES' SMITH JOINED AT THE HIP TELARC 2 ERIC BIBB BOOKER'S GUITAR TELARC 3 JANIVA MAGNESS THE DEVIL IS AN ANGEL, TOO ALLIGATOR 4 PETER KARP / SUE FOLEY HE SAID SHE SAID BLIND PIG 5 THE HOLMES BROTHERS FEED MY SOUL ALLIGATOR 6 JAMES COTTON GIANT ALLIGATOR 7 ELVIN BISHOP RED DOG SPEAKS DELTA GROOVE 8 CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE THE WELL ALLIGATOR 9 GUITAR SHORTY BARE KNUCKLE ALLIGATOR 10 MAGIC SLIM & THE TEARDROPS RAISING THE BAR BLIND PIG 11 ROBIN ROGERS BACK IN THE FIRE BLIND PIG 12 LITTLE JOE MCLERRAN BELIEVE I'LL MAKE A CHANGE ROOTS BLUES REBORN 13 JOHN NEMETH NAME THE DAY! BLIND PIG 14 BUDDY GUY LIVING PROOF JIVE 15 ALBERT CASTIGLIA KEEPIN ON BLUES LEAF 16 HARRISON KENNEDY ONE DOG BARKIN' ELECTRO-FI 17 VARIOUS ARTIST THINGS ABOUT COMIN' MY WAY - A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF THE MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS BLACK HEN 18 MARIA MULDAUR MARIA MULDAUR & HER GARDEN OF JOY - GOOD TIME MUSIC FOR HARD TIMES STONY PLAIN 19 THE ROLLING STONES GET YER YA YA'S OUT! 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET ABKCO 20 SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING HAVE BLUES, WILL TRAVEL ALLIGATOR 21 JOE LOUIS WALKER BETWEEN A ROCK AND THE BLUES STONY PLAIN 22 MORELAND & ARBUCKLE FLOOD TELARC 23 DEBBIE DAVIES HOLDIN' COURT VIZZTONE 24 TINSLEY ELLIS SPEAK NO EVIL ALLIGATOR 25 ARSEN SHOMAKHOV ON THE MOVE BLUES LEAF
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B.B. KING’S BLUESVILLE PICKS TO CLICK FOR THE WEEK OF NOV. 13, 2010 1 Charlie Musselwhite The Well Alligator Records 2 Albert Castiglia Keepin On Blues Leaf Records 3 Dr John - Tribal - 429 Records 4 Eden Brent - Ain't Got No Trouble - Yellow Dog 5 Chrissie O’Dell/One Hot Mess - If I Had A Dime Dime Time productions 6 Vincent Hayes Project - Reclamation - North61 Records 7 Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire - Blind Pig 8 Stevie Paige - Welcome To The Big Time - Self 9 Kenny Neal - Hooked On Your Love - Blind Pig 10 Dave Spector - Spectified - Fret 12 Productions 11 Eddie Turner - Miracles & Demons - Northern Blues 12 Rev. Payton’s Big Damned Band - The Wages SideOneDummy 13 Chris O'Leary - Mr. Used To Be - Vizztone 14 Robert Cray - Cookin’ In Mobile Nozzle Records 15 Bryan Lee - My Lady Don’t Love My Lady - Justin Time Records
Albert Castiglia - CD Review - Elmore magazine Albert Castiglia Keepin On (Blues Leaf) Holy Smoke! Where did this guy come from ? Southern Florida apparently, and his playing is just as hot. If you are the type of guy or gal who loves a badass guitarist that can play the heck out of heavy blues, Albert Castiglia is your man. On Keepin On. Castiglia uses his vintage Stratocaster sound on a variety of tunes,including Peter Green's "Could Not Ask For More",a smooth blues with a great harp intro followed by a jazzy electric piano and a wailing, precise guitar solo. "Cadillac Aseemnly Line" is a rhythmic, fuzz-toned tune with a searing solo. The title tune is a swampy thing, a la Creedence, complete with a heavy duty reverb. Castiglia also puts his stamp on a John Lee Hooker boogie and a little-known Bob Dylan tune. This extraordinary album ends with "Closing Time,"a 12 bar blues number(about drinking at the bar after losing his gal) that moves into overdrive with a solo that will knock you off your stool. If you are looking for a fresh, up an coming guitar hero, get into Albert Castiglia's Keepin On.