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Audio Interview Nov 2013 - Midnight Circus

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CD Review - From Marsh Towers

Solid Ground - Albert Castiglia - Ruf Records http://marshtowers.blogspot.com/2014/03/albert-castiglia-solid-ground.html The new album from Albert Castiglia presents 14 meaty slices of blues rock. Triflin' starts off the album as it means to go on: infectious guitar riff, pounding drums and no-nonsense lyrics expressing a growing intolerance of people who trifle with one's time. That's not to say Solid Ground is one-trick pony; indeed, although all of the songs reside firmly within the blues rock genre there are several changes of house style along the way. Have You No Shame drops the tempo for an effective heartbreaker, while Put Some Stank On It swerves to dip a toe or two into rockabilly territory. There's one or two surprises along the way too, with Sway - yes, the Rolling Stones classic from Sticky Fingers - being tackled in ambitious fashion. I had my doubts about the wisdom of such a cover when I first saw the track list, but Albert - with deep blues voice well to the fore and firing off guitar licks left, right and centre - pulls it off in impressive fashion. There's clearly been a lot of effort put into this album, as confirmed by Albert himself: ''Solid Ground is my best album to date. I put more time, love, blood, sweat and tears into this recording than any of the others, and it shows. I love every song on it and I'm sure there'll be something for everyone to like.'' For the latest news and tour dates, head over to Albert's official website http://albertcastiglia.net/ and the GFI Promotions site. http://www.gfi-promotions.com/ Posted by Sean Marsh

CD Review - Tone Monkey

Albert Castiglia - Solid Ground - CD Review Tone Monkey While there’s a huge amount of blues based music being released at the moment, and some of it very good indeed, there isn’t in fact all that much straight ahead blues. People seem to be reticent to produce music that holds hard to the traditions, for fear they will seem old fashioned, and they make music that is different solely for the sake of being different. That can’t be said of Albert Castiglia, who’s new record Solid Ground, proves, without a doubt, that it’s possible to still produce inventive, original and exciting traditional blues. He does it by making songs about universal truths, troubles in love are not tied to a specific time period, and by eschewing imagery that holds no relevance to the modern world. That, combined with some superb music, makes for something that is truly fresh feeling. It isn’t like other, contemporary, blues albums, it isn’t consciously rock based, and riff driven, it isn’t the music of a bluesy acoustic singer songwriter. It is packed with old school, funky shuffles that get your head nodding and hips sliding, snarly guitar lines and a punchy band. It is also entirely refreshing. He’s not at odds with bringing in some musical hints from other genres, but thats something he again shares with the originators, Gatemouth Brown definitely heard, and was informed by, western swing. Here Albert draws some clues from soul and country, without deliberately making a soul tune or a country song, but by taking elements and weaving them into the fabric of his blues. It’s a hint in a backing vocal, a twist to a beat that carries a hint of something outside straight blues, without stopping it being straight blues. What we have here is a great record, proof positive that if people keep playing the blues we will keep seeing great music created. Albert has made something that makes me smile from ear to ear, with a degree of groove and funk unmatched by contemporary releases. The blues isn’t dead, and it’s finding it’s way out from under the rock that’s buried it. http://tonemonkey.tumblr.com/

Review From Blues Rock Com

March 24th, 2014 Albert Castiglia: Solid Ground Review http://bluesrockreview.com/2014/03/albert-castiglia-solid-ground-review.html Solid Ground Albert Castiglia’s latest studio album, Solid Ground, takes form as a focused and soulful record that could easily be considered his best work. Recorded at Fat Rabbit Studios in Glen Ridge in New Jersey, this album is tattered with gritty electric blues and poignant melodies. Castiglia and his band, Matt Schuler (bass/vocals), Bob Amsel (drums), Jeremy Baum (B3/piano/wurlitzer), Lou Bevere (guitar/vocals), Debbie Davies (guitar/vocals) and Dave Gross (multi-instrumentation/production), create a dynamic sound expressed by 14 buzz-worthy ballads. The album opener, “Triflin’,” sets the tone of the record with an electrifying pulse brought to light by Castiglia’s spectacular riffing. It becomes immediately clear this man is well trained in the art of the blues. It’s almost as if he created a self fulfilling prophesy on “Searching the Desert for the Blues” when he sings “there’s always someone out there…” Castiglia explores more soulful territory on tracks like “Sleepless Nights” and “Hard Time,” and crafts some scorching guitar solos around these smooth melodies. “Going Down Slow” proves the proficiency of Castiglia’s band, showcasing a brilliant solo on the keyboard. One of the most spectacular cuts from this album, “Little Havana Blues (Arroz Con Mango),” creates space in Santana-like rhythms to fashion a modern blues treasure. As a guitarist, Castiglia is out of this world. Even on acoustic cuts like “Just Like Jesus,” Castiglia makes his talents evident. Overall, Solid Ground is a dynamic, well-produced record that maintains a stunning representation of modern blues rock. Undoubtedly, the next couple years look promising for Castiglia. The Review: 8/10 Can’t Miss Tracks - Triflin’ - Sleepless Nights - Searching the Desert for the Blues - Little Havana Blues (Arroz Con Mango) - Going Down Slow The Big Hit - Little Havana Blues (Arroz Con Mango) Review by Ryan Artmann

CD Review - Solid Ground

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CD Review - Solid Ground

Solid Ground CD review from R2 Magazine Posted by David James Innes on February 22, 2014 at 16:30 www.albertcastiglia.net

A new name to many, no doubt, Albert Castiglia has been quietly amassing a reputation as a bluesman among the cognoscenti. Spells backing Junior Wells and Sandra Hall are on his CV, illustrating his pedigree.

Solid Ground is his major label opportunity, and over fourteen tracks where the quality never dips, he seems to have made the most of it, displaying remarkable versatility, striding confidently and sure-footedly into musical territory that will make the genre police shudder. Good man. Having said that, it’s a straight good time 12-bar blues that jockeys for position as the album’s top track. ‘Put Some Stank On It’ barrels along without ever becoming self-indulgent and is bound to be an energetic high point of Castiglia live shows.

Its rival for top billing displays Castiglia’s versatility. ‘Have You No Shame’ is late-night adult soul, gorgeous in its world-weariness and featuring an emotional Debbie Davies backing vocal. Likewise ‘Love One Another’ recalls Curtis Mayfield in its effortless subtle emotional funk and conciliatory theme.

Simplicity is key, and temptation to self-indulgence tempered. ‘Hard Time’ is a country blues with Castiglia’s resonator buttressed by Dave Gross’s upright bass, and Solid Ground closes with ‘Just Like Jesus’, where an acoustic guitar and voice are all that Castiglia needs to articulate his resignation to ill-luck.

Half-Cuban, Castiglia nods to this Latin lineage in the instrumental ‘Little Havana Blues (Arroz Con Mango)’, displaying yet again the versatility and dexterity that impresses throughout Solid Ground.

David James Innes

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CD Review - Solid Ground

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CD Review Solid Ground

http://www.60minuten.net/?p=7873 Albert Has put out his debut album for Ruf Records, and I believe it will be a great hit. He and his band have laid down 14 great tracks and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to them several times. From the throbbing drive of the opening track, to the outstanding acoustical closing track this CD is Quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I found every song to have a unique feel to it. Even the classic blues cover of Jimmy Oden's Going Down Slow, Which search greats as Howlin 'Wolf and Bobby Blue Bland have taken to the charts. Albert and his band have taken this and made it Their Own. One of my personal favorites is track 9, Celebration . If You Could take a Bob Seger song with all its passion and feeling, and set it to a similar melody: such as Paul McCartney's soundcheck piano piece, this would be it. It is a simply beautiful song and I love it. They also have some great throw-down, old gritty blues pieces: such as Hard Time and Bath Avenue. Both are great foot tapping, soul searching tunes, as well as a fun bluesy instrumental tango did is just sultry and sexy. Over all this CD is a great start with Ruf Records and I believe this blues man from Miami Has put out a CD did he and his band should be very proud of

CD Review

Solid Ground - Albert Castiglia - Ruf Records http://marshtowers.blogspot.com/2014/03/albert-castiglia-solid-ground.html The new album from Albert Castiglia presents 14 meaty slices of blues rock. Triflin' starts off the album as it means to go on: infectious guitar riff, pounding drums and no-nonsense lyrics expressing a growing intolerance of people who trifle with one's time. That's not to say Solid Ground is one-trick pony; indeed, although all of the songs reside firmly within the blues rock genre there are several changes of house style along the way. Have You No Shame drops the tempo for an effective heartbreaker, while Put Some Stank On It swerves to dip a toe or two into rockabilly territory.

There's one or two surprises along the way too, with Sway - yes, the Rolling Stones classic from Sticky Fingers - being tackled in ambitious fashion. I had my doubts about the wisdom of such a cover when I first saw the track list, but Albert - with deep blues voice well to the fore and firing off guitar licks left, right and centre - pulls it off in impressive fashion.

There's clearly been a lot of effort put into this album, as confirmed by Albert himself: ''Solid Ground is my best album to date. I put more time, love, blood, sweat and tears into this recording than any of the others, and it shows. I love every song on it and I'm sure there'll be something for everyone to like.''

For the latest news and tour dates, head over to Albert's official website http://albertcastiglia.net/ and the GFI Promotions site. http://www.gfi-promotions.com/