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Albert Castiglia / Blog

Albert #1 RMR Charts W/E 8/3/2012

W LW Artist CD Title Label 1 8 ALBERT CASTIGLIA LIVING THE DREAM BLUES LEAF 2 4 RICK ESTRIN AND THE NIGHTCATS ONE WRONG TURN ALLIGATOR 3 1 LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS JUMP START ALLIGATOR 4 7 TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND LIVE -- EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' SONY MASTERWORKS 5 9 OMAR & THE HOWLERS I'M GONE BIG GUITAR MUSIC 6 2 CURTIS SALGADO SOUL SHOT ALLIGATOR 7 6 CHRIS SMITHER HUNDRED DOLLAR VALENTINE SIGNATURE SOUNDS 8 5 PETER KARP & SUE FOLEY BEYOND THE CROSSROADS BLIND PIG 9 10 DEBBIE DAVIES AFTER THE FALL MC 10 3 DR. JOHN LOCKED DOWN WARNER / NONESUCH 11 33 LIZ MANDEVILLE CLARKSDALE BLUE KITTY MUSIC 12 18 JOE BONAMASSA DRIVING TOWARDS THE DAYLIGHT J&R ADVENTURES 13 24 ZAC HARMON MUSIC IS MEDICINE URBAN EAGLE 14 15 JOHNNIE BASSETT I CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN MACK AVENUE / SKYDOG 15 14 JOAN OSBORNE BRING IT ON HOME SAGUARO ROAD RECORDS 16 17 WALTER TROUT BLUES FOR THE MODERN DAZE PROVOGUE 17 20 ENRICO CRIVELLARO FREEWHEELIN' ELECTRO-FI 18 12 LITTLE FEAT ROOSTER RAG ROUNDER / CONCORD 19 16 RORY BLOCK I BELONG TO THE BAND - A TRIBUTE TO REV. GARY DAVIS STONY PLAIN 20 0 POPA CHUBBY BACK TO NEW YORK CITY PROVOGUE 21 31 BILLY BOY ARNOLD SINGS BIG BILL BROONZY ELECTRO-FI 22 0 MARION JAMES NORTHSIDE SOUL ELLERSOUL 23 29 LURRIE BELL THE DEVIL AIN'T GOT NO MUSIC ARIA B.G. 24 0 DENNIS JONES MY KINDA BLUES BLUES ROCK 25 45 GUITAR MIKEY AND THE REAL THING OUT OF THE BOX EARWIG 26 27 CEE CEE JAMES BLOOD RED BLUES FWG RECORDS 27 43 NICO WAYNE TOUSSAINT LONELY NUMBER IGUANE RECORDS 28 38 JANIVA MAGNESS STRONGER FOR IT ALLIGATOR 29 0 THE CHRIS O'LEARY BAND WAITING FOR THE PHONE TO RING FIDELLIS / VIZZTONE 30 13 CATFISH KEITH PUT ON A BUZZ FISH TAIL 31 44 ERIC BIBB DEEPER IN THE WELL STONY PLAIN 32 25 WARREN HAYNES BAND LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER STAX / CONCORD 33 0 MR. NICK & THE DIRTY TRICKS OH WOW! JELLY ROLL 34 0 TERRY QUIETT BAND A NIGHT AT THE ORPHEUM LUCKY BAG 35 0 MEENA TRY ME RUF 36 0 A B C & D OF BOOGIE WOOGIE LIVE IN PARIS EAGLE RECORDS 37 46 LLOYD JONES DOIN' WHAT IT TAKES REFERENCE RECORDINGS 38 0 B.B. KING ANTHOLOGY MCA 39 0 CLIMAX BLUES BAND PLAYS ON PLUM 40 36 JOHNNY SANSONE THE LORD IS WAITING AND THE DEVIL IS TOO SHORTSTACK RECORDS 41 30 GRADY CHAMPION SHANACHIE DAYS GRADY SHADY MUSIC 42 0 ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD RUF 43 50 JUKE JOINT JONNY PURE AND SIMPLE BLUE LEAF RECORDS 44 11 ANDERS OSBORNE BLACK EYE GALAXY ALLIGATOR 45 22 MILTON HOPKINS & JEWEL BROWN MILTON HOPKINS & JEWEL BROWN DIALTONE 46 0 THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER CHECKERED PAST SELF 47 0 NATHAN JAMES & THE RHYTHM SCRATCHERS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT DELTA GROOVE 48 0 PINETOP PERKINS HEAVEN BLIND PIG 49 0 POPPA DAWG WHAT YOU GOT SELF 50 48 TOMMY MCCOY LATE IN THE LONELY NIGHT EARWIG

Albert #8 June 2012 Living Blues Charts

Living Blues Radio Chart for June 2012 (Compiled 7/1/12)

1. Li'l Ed & The Blues Imperials, Jump Start, Alligator

2. Mannish Boys, Double Dynamite, Delta Groove

3. Rory Block, I Belong To The Band: Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis, Stony Plain

4. R.J. Mischo, Make It Good, Delta Groove

5. Johnny Rawls, Soul Survivor, Catfood

6. Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Boy Sings Big Bill Broonzy, Electro-Fi

7. Gary Primich With Omar Dykes, Just A Little Bit More..., Old Pal

8. Albert Castiglia, Living The Dream, Blues Leaf

9. Curtis Salgado, Soul Shot, Alligator

10. Liz Mandeville, Clarksdale, Blue Kitty Music

11. Quintus McCormick, Still Called The Blues, Delmark

12. Phantom Blues Band, Inside Out, Vizztone

13. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Everybody's Talkin': Live, Sony

14. Rockin' Johnny, Grim Reaper, Delmark

15. Johnnie Bassett, I Can Make That Happen, Sly Dog

16. Nighthawks, Damn Good Time!, Severn

17. Li'l Ronnie And The Grand Dukes, Gotta Strange Feeling, EllerSoul

18. Chuck Leavell, Back To The Woods: Tribute To The Pioneers..., Evergreen Arts

19. Catfish Keith, Put On A Buzz, Fishtail

20. Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Beyond The Crossroads, Blind Pig

21. Pinetop Perkins, Heaven, Blind Pig

22. Bill “Howl ‘N’ Madd” Perry, Clarksdale Sessions, MS. Delta Blues

23. Paul Rishell, Talking Guitar, Mojo Rodeo

24. Mud Morganfield, Son Of The Seventh Son, Severn

25. Shakura S'Aida, Time..., Electro-Fi

Show Review From Nashville

Albert Castiglia at B. B. King’s, Nashville, July 22 2012… Posted July 24, 2012 by dvcrow56 in Uncategorized. Leave a Comment

On this warm midsummer’s Sunday evening at B. B. King’s in downtown Nashville, Albert Castiglia and his band left no notes unplayed during an incendiary set in front of a very appreciative crowd hungry for the dazzling fretwork of this great young bluesman.

Several of us hardcore fans sat right down front, urging him on, but he needed no help from us. Starting off with two fiery instrumentals, he then broke into the slow blues of “Somebody Loan Me A Dime,” which was more in line with Boz Scaggs’ version than Fenton Robinson’s original. After that, he sped things up with “Just A Little Bit,” and, at our request, broke out the slide for a rousing “Bad Year Blues.” He then paid tribute to his old boss, Junior Wells, with an amped-up “Messin’ With The Kid,” and then smoked the joint with our favorite, a slow-burning “somebody done hoodooed the Hoodoo Man.” A request from another fan down front, “Big Toe,’ closed the first set.

Those of us who stuck around were treated to more brilliant guitar work with Albert “going to Detroit Michigan” on the “Cadillac Assembly Line,” and another cut from his latest album, “Living The Dream,’ Little Milton’s “Walkin’ The Backstreets And Cryin.’

Albert Castiglia can stand toe-to-toe with any guitarist in contemporary blues today. This blazing evening of blues was a fine testament to the his boundless energy and talent! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

http://donandsherylsbluesblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/albert-castiglia-at-b-b-kings-nashville-july-22-2012

CD Review - BluesWax

://bluesrevue.com/2012/07/albert-castiglia-living-the-dream-7-13-12/# Albert Castiglia Living The Dream Blues Leaf Records BluesWax Rating: 9

Still Keepin’ On In 1996 Junior Wells phoned Albert Castiglia and asked him to be his lead guitarist, a position once held by Buddy Guy. For the next two years Castiglia toured both the U.S. and Europe with Wells. In 1998, after Wells passed on, Castiglia became the lead guitarist in Atlanta blueswoman Sandra Hall’s band. His first album was the self-produced Burn in 2002. In 2005 Castiglia released The Bittersweet Sessions with Graham Wood Drout of the Florida-based Iko-Iko. In 2006 he signed with Blues Leaf records and released Stone’s Throw. Two years later, Castiglia received a Blues Music Award nomination for Song of the Year for “Bad Year Blues,” the lead track off his 2008 album These Are The Days. In 2010 Castiglia released Keepin’ On and it received rave reviews. It seems like he gets better with every recording.

Such is the case with his fourth album for Blues Leaf and it is aptly titled Living The Dream. Castiglia performs as a trio with Bob Amsel on drums and A.J. Kelly on bass. However his trio is not a “power” trio. Castiglia’s music is anchored in the blues and the lessons he learned apprenticing are reflected in his music. Castiglia’s guitar playing and vocals are modulated and his rapport with his audience is an essential part of his performance. No two performances are alike. Keyboardist John Ginty, percussionist Emedin Rivera, harp player Sandy Mack, and guitarist Jonny Rizzo guest on this recording.

Castiglia covers some of his influences. There is Paul Butterfield’s “Lovin Cup” with Mack on harp, Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm,” Little Richard’s “Direct from My Heart To You,” Albert King’s “Walk The Backstreets,” and Freddie King’s “Freddie’s Boogie.”

Castiglia strips down to just emotion on the title track, “Living The Dream,” the first of six originals. He gets topical on “The Man” and then tells the story of how he was arrested in “Public Enemy #9.” On “I Want Her For Myself,” Mack is again on harp, while Rizzo is added on slide. “Sometimes You Win” was written by the recently hospitalized Graham Wood Drout. Albert has become an interpreter of Drout’s songs and their friendship is well documented. Online donations can be made to help with Drout’s medical bills. The recording is lovingly produced by Joe Morabia.

There are few blues artists that connect with his audience like Castiglia. He is real, a jewel in the rough.

Richard Ludmerer is a contributing editor at BluesWax.

CD Review - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Albert Castiglia is "Living the Dream" MONDAY, 09 JULY 2012 00:00 WRITTEN BY JIM WHITE Albert Castiglia is a Florida blues guy who sort of started out at the top, playing lead guitar with the Junior Wells band from 1996 to Wells' death in 1998. Although he did play with a local blues band in Miami in the early '90s. He makes Fort Lauderdale his base now.

Since then, he's been performing and recording regularly, with his latest CD, "Living the Dream" (Blues Leaf Records) our subject for today.

Castiglia plays a mean guitar, writes interesting lyrics, and isn't afraid to move around blues styles, which he does easily.

He can lean into a tough blues rocker, like the title track that actually opens the album. It's lean and fierce; with an energetic solo midway. Then there's "The Man," with a bit of Latin flair, but lyrically aimed at the heart of current economic issues -- "...break out the buckets and bust out the pans, we're all doin' cleanup for the man."

Castiglia has written or co-written five of the tracks here, including the two already mentioned. But he pulls some fine music from some covers that are worth covering, like Freddie King's "Freddie's Boogie," and one of the my favorite cuts, a very unusual cover of "Directly From Heart to You," an old doo-woppy kind of thing written by Himself, Little Richard, who recorded it with the Johnny Otis band.

Another favorite thing here is Albert's facility with three fine acoustic blues, the mournful "Sometimes You Win," a shuffling original "I Want Her For Myself" and the very bluesy "Call Me When You Need Me." An album full of this kind of material might be an interesting idea.

There's also a very stinging and torchy "Walk the Backstreets," in a classic blues framework, crying over classic blues heartbreak. The set closes with another unusual choice, a driving version of Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm."

I've seen Castiglia a couple of times, and heard some of his earlier albums. He seems to be getting better and better, especially with his musical choices and original work here.

http://communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/arts-entertainment-living/blue-notes/33625-albert-castiglia-is-qliving-the-dreamq

CD Review from Parc Bench Com

Fans of traditional (yet completely contemporary) blues take note — Albert Castiglia has released an album that will have you singing anything but the blues. The album, titled Living the Dream, is a dream collection of solid blues tunes, performed with a relaxed, smoldering intensity by the electric bluesman.

Living the Dream, Castiglia’s fifth solo album, opens with three momentum building, rockin’ tracks. The interplay between guitar and organ on the third song,“Freddie’s Boogie,” is as good as it gets. Things change tempo on the fourth song, “Directly From My Heart To You” (my favorite cut on the album). From this point on, Castiglia proves there’s little he cannot do. Song after song, we are treated to variations on blues styles that are examples of the diversity of sounds within the blues genre. There are acoustic songs, swampy delta blues songs and red-hot Chicago blues numbers.

Albert Castiglia is supported on the album by Bob Amsel (drums) and A.J. Kelly (bass), with guest appearances by John Ginty (keyboard), Sandy Mack (blues harp), Johnny Rizzo (acoustic slide) and Emedin Rivera (percussion). Together, these musicians do more than just play music — they create and sustain a vibe that is exactly what you are looking for if contemporary blues are your desire

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/living-the-dream/id538178378

http://www.parcbench.com/2012/07/09/bluesman-albert-castiglias-new-album-living-the-dream

CD Review from the Crossroads Blues Society

Living the Dream Albert Castiglia Blues Leaf Records AlbertCastiglia.com 12 tracks Albert Castiglia is the real deal. If you have not heard what this guy can make a guitar do, then this is the opportunity to find out. His vocals and songwriting are also up to snuff and he presents a nice mix of originals and covers in this new CD that will get your bloodflowing! The CD opens with the title cut and from the start we can see this is going to be a really fun ride. Catchy lyrics tell a good story and the stratospheric guitar solos get you primed for a super CD. He follows that up with another original, “The Man,”where he gives us a tale about how the country was taken hostage by a handful of suits. Well done musically and from making a statement. “Freddie’s Boogie” lightens the tone and moves at lightning speed. Organ work by John Ginty along with Castiglia’s guitar really sell this one well. Castiglia finally gives us a rest with the slower “Directly from My Heart to You”; again we get some nice work by Ginty (on piano this time) and soulful vocals by Albert. “Public Enemy#9” features a shift to acoustic guitar and it is a nice original cut. Paul Butterfield’s “Loving Cup” gets a loving treatment and we are only half way through. Space precludes comment on all tracks, but suffice it to say that he plies though slow and fastcuts with equal aplomb. I really think this is a well crafted album–Castiglia impresses me with his tone andprowess. His trio includes Bob Amsel on drums and A.J. Kelly on bass. Sandy Mack on harp, Juke Joint Johnny Rizzo and Emedin Rivera are featured on “I Want Her for Myself”, another nice original cut. His fans will eat this up and newbies will get a great intro– recommended! Reviewed by Steve Jones

CD review from Phoenix Blues Society

ALBERT CASTIGLIA – LIVING THE DREAM – BLUES LEAF RECORDS

Former Junior Wells bandleader Albert Castiglia continues to knock listeners’ socks off with his incredible guitar work and his continuing development as a songwriter with his latest Blue Leaf Records release, Living the Dream. Consisting of twelve songs, five written by Castiglia, this is a masterful set of blues that is sure to please longtime fans and impress newcomers.

To get the picture of Castiglia’s prowess as a guitarist, you really need to look at two cuts. The scorching Freddie King instrumental, “Freddie’s Boogie,” which is really a nearly five-minute free-for-all between Castiglia and keyboardist John Ginty, is one extreme. The opposite end is the nine-minute epic version of the blues standard, “Walk the Backstreets.” He can rock the house when needed, but can also bring it down to a slow burn when required.

That doesn’t mean you should disregard the rest of the disc. Castiglia’s originals include the winning title cut that opens the disc, one dealing with modern subject matter (“The Man”), a blazing instrumental (“Fat Cat”), an old school blues rocker (“Public Enemy #9), and “I Want Her For Myself.” The other covers are also well done, particularly Little Richard’s “Directly From My Heart To You,” Paul Butterfield’s “Lovin’ Cup,” Shakey Jake’s “Call Me When You Need Me” (a solo acoustic track), and a electrifying version of Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm “ that closes the disc in excellent fashion.

In addition to Castiglia’s regular rhythm section (Bob Amsel – drums, A. J. Kelly – bass), Castiglia gets support from Ginty (piano, B3), Sandy Mack (harmonica), Juke Joint Jonny Rizzo (acoustic guitar), and Emedin Rivera (percussion). However, they give Castiglia plenty of room to nearly set fire to his strings on most of these songs with blistering solo after solo.

Living the Dream is another fine addition to Albert Castiglia’s catalog. If you’re a fan of modern blues guitar done well, look no further than this release. – Graham Clarke

Albert hits #1 on The RMR Charts W/E 6/29/2012

RMR Charts W/E 6/29/2012

TW LW Artist CD Title Label 1 6 ALBERT CASTIGLIA LIVING THE DREAM BLUES LEAF 2 1 DR. JOHN LOCKED DOWN WARNER / NONESUCH 3 8 LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS JUMP START ALLIGATOR 4 3 TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND LIVE -- EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' SONY MASTERWORKS 5 4 ANDERS OSBORNE BLACK EYE GALAXY ALLIGATOR 6 13 WALTER TROUT BLUES FOR THE MODERN DAZE PROVOGUE 7 12 JOE BONAMASSA DRIVING TOWARDS THE DAYLIGHT J&R ADVENTURES 8 7 CHUCK LEAVELL BACK TO THE WOODS -- A TRIBUTE TO THE PIONEERS OF BLUES PIANO EVERGREEN ARTS 9 5 PETER KARP & SUE FOLEY BEYOND THE CROSSROADS BLIND PIG 10 0 LITTLE FEAT ROOSTER RAG ROUNDER / CONCORD 11 0 RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS ONE WRONG TURN ALLIGATOR 12 28 GUITAR MIKEY AND THE REAL THING OUT OF THE BOX EARWIG 13 22 WARREN HAYNES BAND LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER STAX / CONCORD 14 31 CHRIS SMITHER HUNDRED DOLLAR VALENTINE SIGNATURE SOUNDS 15 16 ENRICO CRIVELLARO FREEWHEELIN' ELECTRO-FI 16 9 RORY BLOCK I BELONG TO THE BAND - A TRIBUTE TO REV. GARY DAVIS STONY PLAIN 17 0 STEVE STRONGMAN A NATURAL FACT SELF 18 24 CEE CEE JAMES BLOOD RED BLUES FWG RECORDS 19 21 EDDIE C. CAMPBELL SPIDER EATING PREACHER DELMARK 20 0 LISA BIALES JUST LIKE HONEY BIG SONG MUSIC 21 18 JOAN OSBORNE BRING IT ON HOME SAGUARO ROAD RECORDS 22 2 CURTIS SALGADO SOUL SHOT ALLIGATOR 23 14 THE MANNISH BOYS DOUBLE DYNAMITE DELTA GROOVE 24 0 A B C & D OF BOOGIE WOOGIE LIVE IN PARIS EAGLE RECORDS 25 25 BACKTRACK BLUES BAND CAPTURED ALIVE TRUE TONE 26 0 TIM 'TOO SLIM' LANGFORD BROKEN HALO UNDERWORLD 27 23 INDIGENOUS INDIGENOUS BLUES BUREAU 28 0 CATFISH KEITH PUT ON A BUZZ FISH TAIL 29 0 JOHNNY BOOTS ALL OR NOTHING BOOT IN YUR EAR 30 30 ALBERT BASHOR COTTON FIELD OF DREAMS EARWIG 31 41 LIZ MANDEVILLE CLARKSDALE BLUE KITTY MUSIC 32 0 PETER NOVELLI BAND LOUISIANA ROOTS & BLUES CHALET 33 0 CHUCK BERRY THE ANTHOLOGY MCA 34 0 BLUES PROJECT ANTHOLOGY POLYDOR / CHRONICLES 35 44 RICHARD CARR TELL EVERYBODY IGUANE RECORDS 36 0 NICO WAYNE TOUSSAINT LONELY NUMBER IGUANE RECORDS 37 27 SHAKURA S'AIDA TIME ELECTRO-FI 38 29 ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD RUF 39 43 OMAR & THE HOWLERS I'M GONE BIG GUITAR MAN 40 17 JOHNNIE BASSETT I CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN MACK AVENUE / SKYDOG 41 0 LI'L RONNIE AND THE GRAND DUKES GOTTA STRANGE FEELING ELLER SOUL RECORDS 42 10 JUKE JOINT JONNY PURE AND SIMPLE BLUE LEAF RECORDS 43 38 JOHNNY RAWLS SOUL SURVIVOR CATFOOD 44 40 TOMMY MCCOY LATE IN THE LONELY NIGHT EARWIG 45 26 JANIVA MAGNESS STRONGER FOR IT ALLIGATOR 46 15 PHANTOM BLUES BAND INSIDE OUT VIZZTONE 47 0 GRADY CHAMPION SHANACHIE DAYS GRADY SHADY MUSIC 48 0 THE 44'S AMERICANA RIP CAT RECORDS 49 19 DELTA MOON BLACK CAT OIL RED PARLOR 50 0 BILL 'HOWL-N-MADD' PERRY THE CLARKSDALE SESSIONS MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES For the Week of June, 29 2012 All data entered online direct to the RMR database by member stations

Radio Feature on Albert

Listen to Albert on Community Radio Hamilton in New Zealand Episode 336, 27 June 2012 1. Albert Castiglia - Freddie's Boogie (Instrumental) 2. Albert Castiglia - Hoo Doo Man Blues 3. Albert Castiglia and Graham Wood Drout - Ghosts of Mississippi 4. Albert Castiglia - Catfish 5. Albert Castiglia - Fat Cat (Instrumental) 6. Albert Castiglia - Livin' The Dream 7. Albert Castiglia - Public Enemy #9 8. Albert Castiglia - Lovin' Cup 9. Albert Castiglia - Walk The Back Streets 10. Joe Louis Walker and Bonnie Raitt - Low Down Dirty Blues

listen/download this episode by right clicking on this link ALBERT and selecting 'save target as' from the drop down menu. http://thebluesroom.blogspot.com/2012/06/blues-room-336-new-blues-from-albert.html