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Albert Castiglia, Lil' ed and the Blues Imperials, Bridget Kelly Band | Gainesville, FL | High Dive | December 10, 2017
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Bridget Kelly Band is an electric blues band that rocks the house with their unique blend of hot smokin' blues. Look for their pending CD "Bone Rattler" which will be released in May 2017! "Outta of the Blues" 2016 hit the charts hard and was #1 Electric Blues on RMR! It is currently #1 on Blues 411!!! The CD has global airplay and in on the consideration list for a possible Grammy nomination...wish us luck! Forever in Blues was released in June 2014. Forever in Blues was picked by Hit-Tracks Top l00 - 26 TIPS FOR HIT-TRACKS TOP 100! It was played on Bluesville, Sirius Radio along with airplay around the world! Charlie Boyer from JazzandBlues Magazine says, "The CD Gods have been very, very good to us lately! The Bridget Kelly Band are going to put themselves on the map with this one. Great tunes, production, and delivery - on every single cut! And, no doubt about it... they are ALL the blues." http://www.reverbnation.com/bridgetkellyband
Their CD Back in the Blues, released in March of 2013 (Alpha Sun Records),contained all original blues songs couched in styles that range from Chicago and Memphis blues to Texas Blues. The Bridget Kelly Band has global airplay! The group performs at a wide variety of music venues -- clubs, concerts, and festivals across Florida and the US; and have shared the stage with numerous recording and touring blues artists including Albert Castiglia, Willie Green, Jeff Jensen, Brandon Santini, Biscuit Miller, & Victor Wainwright. Bridget Kelly fronts the band with sultry blues vocals and Tim Fik smokes a thrilling blues guitar. The Bridget Kelly Band were semifinalists in the International Blues Challenge 2015 and 2016!. Bridget Kelly Band was chosen top 4 by the IBBA for August 2014 and also Top IBBA pick for 2014 Best Albums. The bands music has been gaining International recognition, and is regularly featured around the world on many radio shows including Tony Colters Bluesville on Sirius Radio, Vinny Marini - Yes! They sat on the couch and are now couch kids! Cleve Baker - Confessing the Blues, Kevin Black's "Women in the Blues and "Black on Blues" show (U.K.), Tony T.C. Corners Blues Corner radio show (U.K.), and many others! The BKB earned Best of 2013 CDs on John Hammers Hammered by the Blues show. The group continues to perform at festivals and live entertainment clubs/venues throughout the USA. The Bridget Kelly Band is a featured artist at the Women in Blues Showcase Memphis and is proud to support Women in Blues! Recent dates have included performances at the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta,International Blues Challenge, Bradenton Blues Festival Appetizer Kickoff Concert, Buckingham Blues Bar, Vetfest and Bikefest (Thunder Music Park,Hampton, FL), St. John's River Blues Festival, Florida's Azalea Festival, The High Dive (Gainesville, FL) with Albert The Kid Castiglia, The Dirty Martini Bar (Gainesville,FL), The Thomas Center (Gainesville, FL), Billy's Downtown Blues Bar (Palatka, FL)with Victor Wainwright, Roberts Hall (Lynn Haven, FL), Skipper's Smokehouse (Tampa, FL), Topsail Hill State Park's "Red, White & Blues" Concert (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Ellie Ray's (Branford, FL), Bradfordville Blues Club (Tallahassee, FL), Florida Folk Festival and Florida's Blue Crab Festival... just to name a few. Bridget Kelly Band's "Back in the Blues" CD (2013) won the North Central Florida Blues Societys regional entrant into the IBC's Best Independently Produced CD for 2013.
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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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210 SW 2nd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601 (usa)

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