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Friday, April 24, 2020

Gulf Coast Records artist: Albert Castiglia - Wild and Free (Live) - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Wild and Free (Live), from Albert Castiglia and it's a powerful blues rocker. Opening with Big Dog, Castiglia opens the doors and lets the dog off the leash right from the start. This is one guy that I haven't seen in concert that I'd really like to see and he is smoking! Castiglia on lead vocal and lead guitar, is backed by Justine Tompkins on bass, Ephrain Lowell on drums, Lewis Stephens on B3 and piano. One thing that I was really conscious about on Hoodoo on Me is the terrific guitar tome that Castiglia is getting on his rhythm part. Powered by his guitar and Stephens on B3, this track keeps the heavy drive going. With a firm bass line by Tompkins and fluid guitar lead, this track is another killer. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Get Your Ass In the Van and features some terrific slide work from Castiglia. Cool piano work by Stephens and solid vocals make this a hard track not to love. Searching The Desert For The Blues has a thunderous opening with bass, B3, drums and rhythm guitar. Castiglia really has a take no prisoners approach to his show which pins you back in your seat. His lead guitar work is imposing and inspired. Very nice. Mike Zito and John Ginty join Castiglia on Johnny Winter's Too Much Seconal. Adopting a bit of Winters swagger vocally and stinging guitar riffs, and with the addition of Ginty on keys this is pure 70's style blues rock at it's best. Wrapping the release is hard paced Boogie Funk with it's driving bass line and thrashing guitar lead. This is a great release, head to toe. You want to rock (blues style)? Get this cd! Excellent!!!

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