“I did two acoustic songs and enlisted dobro genius Toby Walker for them,” says Castiglia about the new CD. “Toby is world renowned and has even taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio, a number of times. Toby came in originally to play on a song I wrote called ‘Sweet Southern Angel.’ That went so well and quickly, that we wound up doing another number for the hell of it, Robert Nighthawk’s ‘Murderin’ Blues.’ I can honestly sum up those two tunes with one word, ‘Magic.’ He did a great job and I hope we get to work together again.”
We met Castiglia during one of his many tours in the Florida Keys, when he played to packed rooms at Marathon’s Hurricane Grille and Key West’s historic Green Parrot Bar. Daytona area blues fans (and the hundreds of others who plan to travel here for the Blues Festival) are in for a real treat. Nobody does the blues like Albert Castiglia.
As October approaches, the Daytona Blues Festival keeps getting better. The latest addition to the star-studded, award-winning lineup of national blues acts is South Florida’s own Albert Castilgia, and he’s going to do an acoustic set at the October 8 – 10 event in Daytona Beach.
Albert Castiglia (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”) has opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, and he’s become a favorite and sought-after performer at blues festivals across the country. Castiglia’s roots begin at his home town of Miami, Florida, going back to 1990 when 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 soon became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. He returned to South Florida to launch his solo career and not long after that released his first CD, “Burn” in 2002.
His latest (5th) CD is “Keepin On” on Blues Leaf Records. Most of this new CD was recorded live with very few overdubs. He enlisted five session musicians for the project, including harmonica master Sandy Mack, who played on “I Could Not Ask for More,” a Peter Green song. Mack had played on”Ghosts of Mississippi,” a track from Albert’s “A Stones Throw” album. According to Castiglia,”He kicked butt then and he picked up where left off on this session.” Keepin On features five new original tunes, plus other covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, T-Bone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan.