The new album by the Albert Castiglia Band, Wild and Free, was recorded live at The Funky Biscuit 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 Zito, John Ginty, and Lewis Stephens this is the live album Castiglia fans have been waiting for!
Wild and Free has everything… great songs …guitar virtuosity… and the raw power and emotion behind Castiglia’s live performances. The Miami-raised musician served an apprenticeship while backing legendary blues musician Junior Wells. He later went on to work with singer Sandra Hall. Never content to allow himself to be conﬁned to any particular category, he embarked on a solo career that’s yielded nine critically acclaimed albums and consist kudos for his exceptional instrumental prowess, his searing vocals, and live performances that have dazzled audiences from coast to coast.
Wild and Free is not just a “live” album, it is raw and powerful, full of emotion and the passion for music that people want, it draws you in and if you close your eyes you feel that you are there, front row center and the main floor and if you reach out you can feel the heat from the stage lights. Albert Castiglia brings you into his world and gives you the desire to move in and stay. From the first track to last it is a wild rollercoaster of Blues with a little bit of rock and a whole lot of soul. My favorite tracks are HooDoo On Me, Let The Big Dog Eat, Lovin’ Cup, Keep On Swinging and I’ve Been Up All Night.
It’s little wonder that Miami’s New Times lauded him as South Florida’s “Best Blues Guitarist” or that USA Today was inspired to remark “It’s a revelation to discover the thrilling retro-electric blues from this astonishing young guitarist.” Likewise, BluesAbout.com called Castiglia “one of those mid-tier artists that is just one album away from breaking big and becoming a household word in the blues world.” Or, as Music & Musicians once noted, “His back-to-basics approach follows in the footsteps of those who fostered the blues in the Mississippi Delta and the smoky late-night haunts of Chicago.” After the highly successful and critically acclaimed release of Masterpiece on Gulf Coast Records, Castiglia has been nominated for two Blues Music Awards in the categories of Blues Rock Album of the Year and Blues Rock Artist and will definitely get more as time rolls on.
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