Albert Castiglia

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Albert Castiglia

Markey Blue Band

Friday May 26, 2017

9:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$15.00 - $30.00 General Admission $20.00 Day of Show (Under 21 + $10 at the door)

Albert Castiglia
Albert Castiglia
Big Dog will confirm that Albert Castiglia is a different breed from the lightweights and arrivistes who dominate the modern music scene. After five acclaimed albums and decades of blazing blues-rock shows, you might argue that youve already made his acquaintance. But by the Florida bandleaders own admission, Big Dog is the first release to truly get under his skin. I just wanted to make a record that best represented who I am, as a musician, singer, guitarist and live artist, explains Albert. With every release, Ive come close, but this time, producer Mike Zito helped me nail it. He and label boss Thomas Ruf wanted me to make a raw, rocking blues record. Thats what Im about- thats who I am.

At 46, hes slugged his way into contention the old-fashioned way: writing from his heart, bleeding into his performances, eating up the road. I have no illusions about what kind of guitar player and singer I am, he states. My style is raw, unadulterated, crude and heavy. I dont have the technical proficiency of other players, but I play whats in my heart and what I feel at that moment. When I write songs, they have to mean something.

Recorded at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, theres not an ounce of fat on Big Dogs eleven tracks, with Albert darting between self-penned originals, cherished covers and co-writes with some of his closest compadres. You could smell the mojo in the sweet Southern air, reflects Albert, and you could feel the mojo in the recording studio. We had a studio-savvy band with an incredible amount of soul, and Mikes role as producer was the wildcard.

Albert describes Big Dog as a driving along the highway with the top down kind of record, and Let The Big Dog Eat sets the pace (complete with breakneck riffing and improvised barks). Other foot-down cuts include the call-and-response Dont Let Them Fool Ya, the searing Where The Devil Makes His Deals (written with Graham Wood Drout) and the observational wit of Get Your Ass In The Van. That song was a response to all the poor, pampered souls, grins Albert, who think that music is one big American Idol episode.

Some songs cut deeper. Co-written with label mate and Royal Southern Brotherhoods Cyril Neville Somehow addresses the plight of the homeless and displaced in modern America. The poor are commonly used as tag lines in speeches by politicians seeking public office, points out Albert, but when the cameras are off, they are often ignored and scorned. The song reflects a sadness, yet hopefulness, on how we as a society treat these people.

Another poignant moment is Where Did I Go Wrong. A soul-drenched slow-blues with harp from Johnny Sansone, its taken from the iconic Junior Wells Youre Tuff Enough album, and in many ways, brings Alberts story full-circle. Born on August 12th, 1969, in New York before moving to Florida aged five Albert made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar after Wells invited the young bluesman into his solo band for several world tours. It was an incredible adventure, remembers Albert. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Chicago bluesman. Junior opened the door for me to do that. He recorded his last studio album, Come On In This House, at Dockside Studios. What a sign!

The gig was a shop-window, and though Wells died in 1998, there was no stopping Albert, whether he was joining the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall for national tours in the late-90s, or holding his own in onstage jams with everyone from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer. Nobodys sideman, his own triumphant solo career began with 2002s Burn, followed up by 2006s A Stones Throw, 2010s Keepin On and 2012s Living The Dream.

In 2014, Ruf debut Solid Ground was declared smoldering and intense by blues critics. Now, Big Dog ups the ante, offering eleven new songs to get your teeth into, and supported by a full international tour that promises bark and bite.

If you thought you knew Albert Castiglia, you dont know the half of it. I think this album is a major game-changer for me, he says. No matter what happens after Big Dogs release, Ill always be proud of it. When we tour this album, you can expect a balls to the wall, rockin blues show. Expect to get what Ive always given you my 100%.
Markey Blue Band
Markey Blue Band
When the duo Markey Blue was first formed to “write a few songs” and do “a few club dates” this musical pair had no idea what a fast riding journey it would become.

The Nashville based duo of Markey and Ric Latina have a combined performing/touring history that reads like a “who’s who” in the entertainment industry. In late 2012 while both performing with other artists as “side men”, they found themselves booked on the same show at a small theater in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After the show Latina reached out to Markey and suggested they join forces and possibly write a few songs for an EP to sell at venues. The Ric Latina Trio consisted of several different “top of the list” touring musicians and Markey jumped at the chance to work with such accomplished performers.

Soon it was apparent this was fast becoming more than a weekend project and the Markey Blue band was formed. The duo soon landed a small booking agent and started to gather a local following. It was when Latina and Markey started to write their first song, they knew they were on to something. Markey says, “It’s a rare thing to find, but the writing process comes so easily for us. The ideas just flow.” And they kept flowing until Markey and Latina completed the raw material for their first album Hey Hey. Randy Chortkoff, CEO of Delta Groove Records, signed Markey Blue as its first project to their new artist promotion department.

Hey Hey was released at #1 on the Debut Blues Chart, reached #1 on both the Tennessee Roots Music Chart and Blues 411, held Top 10 on National Roots Music Chart and Top 25 on the Living Blues Chart. The band was named one of the Top 10 Emerging Blues Artists to Watch in 2015; Markey was named One of the Top 10 Blues Women to Soar in 2014. The album was nominated for the Blues Blast Awards Best Blues Debut Artist, the NIMA Awards Best Blues Artist and Best Live Performance, and was featured in blues/roots magazines world-wide. The Duo was signed to both a national booking agency, Blues Pros Talent, and signed a TV/Multimedia Publishing deal for song placement in movies and television.

With three songs picked up for TV placement from the new album, The Blues are Knockin’, Markey Blue takes a diving approach into the different worlds of Blues. The album explores Delta, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, Rock and a touch of Soul Blues. The creativity and craftsmanship of this duo shines throughout this entire musical journey. The Blues are Knockin’ has something to offer even the most discriminating blues pallet. From the swampy Delta slide work of Ric Latina on “I’ll Wait for You”, to the traditional Kansas City slow blues of “Worries” and featuring the only track that was recorded live at Ocean Way Recording Studio Nashville, the rockin’ blues song “That Ain’t Good Enough”, this compilation keeps you waiting for what’s around the next blues corner. The album includes two tribute songs written for two Blues masters that have passed on. “Lay Down Lucille” was written for Mr. B.B. King and his beloved guitar, Lucille, and “Be My Train” in honor of Little Milton. Markey Blue takes a more serious approach with a song titled “Nobody’s Fool” that reflects the growing unrest we have all been watching unfold on TV during the morning news.

Even apart, Markey and Latina have impressive resumes. Markey had accumulated a wealth of experience performing before she became a songwriter. Her career ignited as a showgirl in Las Vegas, which led to appearances around the world. Next, she turned to acting in film and television before embracing stand-up comedy. By the time Markey turned to music as her full-time artistic outlet, she had become one of the country’s top female impressionists and received the honor of accepting for Gracie Allen when The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. The down-to-earth songstress was on a small Country label when she relocated to Nashville. Once on the Blues path, Markey quickly became a rising talent in the roots music world — performing with Taj Mahal, Candye Kane, Walter Trout, Delbert McClinton, Anson Funderburgh and Bobby “Blue” Bland — before joining with Latina to form Markey Blue.

Latina has a longstanding reputation as an inspired studio and stage guitarist, as well as a songwriter and studio craftsman. Besides his session credits, his extensive history of performing with and touring includes Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams III, Clint Black, Collin Raye, Suzy Bogguss, Billy Dean, John Berry, Vern Gosdin, Kirk Whalum, Sherrié Austin, Gary Puckett and Rhonda Vincent to name a few.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432