In 1991, Castro set out on his own and has been padding his press kit with impressive accomplishments ever since. His achievements include a pair of Bammys (music awards given to Bay Area musicians) for Blues Album (Exception to the Rule), Blues Musician of the Year in 1997 and successive opening slots in 2001 and 2002 for B.B.
King (who invited Castro to join him for the finale of each show).
Castro’s 2001 album Guilty of Love was notable for featuring the last recording session of legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker, and his 2007 album Painkiller was voted Album of the Year in a reader’s poll by noted Web mag BluesWax and took the 2008 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Castro also nabbed a BMA for Entertainer of the Year that year.
After three decades of playing professionally, 2009 might well stand as one of the best years of Castro’s career. He signed to Alligator Records this year and released the blistering Hard Believer, which has deservedly garnered some of the best reviews in Castro’s dozen-album catalog. Melding his incendiary guitar playing to an amalgamation of the styles he loves best (Soul, R&B, Southern Rock and every kind of Blues), he's poised to become a 30-year overnight sensation any day now.
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