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ALBERT CASTIGLIA


BIO: Albert Castiglia (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”) was born on August 12, 1969 in New York. At the age of 5, his family moved to Miami. With a Cuban mother and an Italian father, he is an example of the melting pot of culture that is Miami. He learned to play guitar at the age of 12 and soon realized that the passions in his heart were expressed best by his music. Castiglia has a blues history. In 1990, he joined The Miami Blues Authority and later on won "Best Blues Guitarist" from New Times magazine in 1997. The legendary Junior Wells discovered Castiglia and immediately hired him as his own guitarist/vocalist on several world tours. After Wells' passing, Castiglia toured with Atlanta blues singer Sandra Hall, then ventured out on a solo career and released his debut album in 2002, Burn, working with his longtime friend, Graham Wood Drout of Iko-Iko. In 2006, he released his second album (and first for Blues Leaf Records), A Stone's Throw, which included two more insightful Drout songs, “Big Toe” and “Ghosts Of Mississippi.” Castiglia and Drout also released a live collaboration titled The Bittersweet Sessions in 2005, which focused on a more acoustic-oriented, intimate feel Now Castiglia comes back full-bore with a blistering new album on Blues Leaf Records, These are the Days, which perfectly showcases both his incendiary electric and slide guitar work and soulful vocals, which recall Van Morrison. These are the Days contains five Castiglia originals, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues”. The material is varied, with songs from Bob Dylan (“Catfish’), Nappy Brown (“Night Time is the Right Time”) and Fenton Robinson (“Somebody Loan me a Dime”). Once again, Graham Wood Drout contributes another outstanding song, “Celebration,” to add to the string of compositions he’s written on each of Castiglia’s albums. Until now, “Somebody Loan Me a Dime” and Little Willie John’s “Need Your Love So Bad” were attention grabbers in Castiglia’s live shows; but through the insistence of Blues Leaf president Joe Morabia, Albert captures that magic on this album. In addition to the solid blues songs throughout These are the Days, Castiglia generates some dance floor energy with “Bad Year Blues” and “Twister,” two jumping tunes sure to become live show favorites. This is the album that says “These Are Albert Castiglia’s Days.”

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Gulf Coast Records Artists The Proven Ones, Billy Price, Albert Castiglia Nominated F Photo Gulf Coast Records Artists The Proven Ones, Billy Price, Albert Castiglia Nominated For 2020 Blues Blast Music Awards
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2020

Gulf Coast Records continues to build one of the strongest rosters of Blues, Roots, and Americana artists. The music industry has noticed, with three GCR recording artists - The Proven Ones, Billy Price, and Albert Castiglia - nominated for 2020 Blues Blast Music Awards. ...
Cristina Morrison Launches First Galapagos Music Fest Photo Cristina Morrison Launches First Galapagos Music Fest
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2020

New York based American - Ecuadorean singer & actor Cristina Morrison, went back to Ecuador in December to spend some time there and develop new projects but since March she has been caught living under a strict Covid 19 country lockdown installed by the government, including a curfew which starts d...
Albert Castiglia's 'Masterpiece' Wins 'Blues Rock Album' At 2020 Virtual Blues Music Photo Albert Castiglia's 'Masterpiece' Wins 'Blues Rock Album' At 2020 Virtual Blues Music Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 04, 2020

Gulf Coast Records recording artist Albert Castiglia took home 'Blues Rock Album' for his acclaimed 2019 release 'Masterpiece' at the 2020 Virtual Blues Music Awards held online yesterday, Sunday, May 3....
BWW Interview: Albert Castiglia Releases Live Album, 'Wild and Free' Photo BWW Interview: Albert Castiglia Releases Live Album, 'Wild and Free'
by Tory Gates - April 15, 2020

'I think everybody just needs to do what's in their heart and play what they need to play. I don't think the blues has to go any particular direction; I think everybody who creates in this genre need to do it their own way.' -- Albert Castiglia, on the future of the blues......
Albert Castiglia to Release Live Album WILD AND FREE Photo Albert Castiglia to Release Live Album WILD AND FREE
by TV News Desk - March 24, 2020

The new album by the Albert Castiglia Band, Wild and Free, was recorded live at The Funky Biscuit live in Boca Raton, Florida. This in-your-face live performance captures the energy and guitar mastery that Castiglia shares with his audiences each time he takes the stage. With special guests Mike Zit...
Mike Zito Embarks on His ROCK N' ROLL WORLD TOUR 2020 Photo Mike Zito Embarks on His ROCK N' ROLL WORLD TOUR 2020
by TV News Desk - January 29, 2020

Acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Mike Zito embarks on his 'Rock N' Roll World Tour 2020' (named for his recently-released Ruf Records album) with a local performance as the Mike Zito & Friends: A Tribute To Chuck Berry at Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd., Saturday, February 8. Showtime: 8:00pm. Tickets:...
Mike Zito's Rock n' Roll World Tour Comes to Cafe Eleven Photo Mike Zito's Rock n' Roll World Tour Comes to Cafe Eleven
by TV News Desk - October 31, 2019

Acclaimed guitarist Mike Zito kicks off his 'Rock N' Roll World Tour' (named for his brand new album on Ruf Records) with a local performance in St. Augustine at Cafe Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., Tuesday, November 12. Showtime: 8pm. Tickets: $20. (advance), $25. (door). Info: (904) 460-9311 or visit...
Shaw Davis & The Black Ties Summer 2019 'Tales From The West' Tour, Comes To JV's in Photo Shaw Davis & The Black Ties Summer 2019 'Tales From The West' Tour, Comes To JV's in Falls Church
by BWW News Desk - July 16, 2019

Powerhouse blues-rock trio, Shaw Davis and The Black Ties, launch their 'Tales From The West' Summer 2019 Tour, supporting their recent album of the same name, with a local performance....
Shaw Davis & The Black Ties to Perform at Six Springs Tavern Photo Shaw Davis & The Black Ties to Perform at Six Springs Tavern
by TV News Desk - February 14, 2019

Powerhouse blues-rock trio, Shaw Davis and the Black Ties, are currently on their 'Tales From The West' 2019 U.S. Tour, supporting their new album of the same name, with a performance locally at Six Springs Tavern, 147 N. Plano St., Friday, March 1. Showtime: 8:00pm. Tickets: $7.-$15. Info: (469) 91...
JP Soars Nominated in Blues Rock Artist Category of 40th Annual Blues Music Awards Photo JP Soars Nominated in Blues Rock Artist Category of 40th Annual Blues Music Awards
by BWW News Desk - January 16, 2019

Florida-based guitarist-vocalist JP Soars is nominated in the Blues Rock Artist category for the (2019) 40th Annual Blues Music Awards (BMA), taking place Thursday, May 9 at Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Tickets/Info: (901) 527-2583 or visit www.bluesorg....
Mike Zito Announces FIRST CLASS LIFE Tour, Record Release Concert at Atomic Cowboy Pa Photo Mike Zito Announces FIRST CLASS LIFE Tour, Record Release Concert at Atomic Cowboy Pavillion
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2018

Both Zito - who resided in St. Louis for 32 years - and Johnson, who produced Zito's new album, are from the city famously known as the Gateway To The West. 'A double shot of St. Louis musical heritage,' is how Ruf Records' founder, Thomas Ruf, refers to this unique double-billing of Zito and Johnso...
Trampled Under Foot Reunites for 2016 BLUES FROM THE TOP Festival This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - June 25, 2016

This year's 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival features its finest music lineup yet, with a reunion by renowned Blues-Americana group, Trampled Under Foot!...
Trampled Under Foot to Reunite for 2016 BLUES FROM THE TOP Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 04, 2016

This year's 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival features its finest music lineup yet, with a reunion by renowned Blues-Americana group, Trampled Under Foot!...