The Daniel Castro Band
Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist.
Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements.Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, The Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Daniel grew up in the L.A. area and was heavily influenced by the blues greats Albert King, B.B. King and Albert Collins. As a kid, Daniel would hang outside clubs like the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach to hear these blues legends perform and wait for a glimpse of them through the curtains. After cutting his teeth in South Central L.A. blues clubs with “Loud Mouth” Delmar Evans, who worked with the Johnny Otis Show, Castro backed other great artists from Otis’ band, including Pee Wee Crayton and Little Ester Phillips. He also recorded and toured with many other artists including legendary Small Faces singer-bassist Ronnie Lane.
In 2013 Daniel released his third CD “Desperate Rain” along with bassist Johnny Yu and David Perper. The CD consists of thirteen original songs written by Daniel and his wife Julie Castro. Recorded at studio D in Sausalito, CA and co produced by Joel Jae, the CD displays the strong song-writing maturity of Daniel & Julie. A highlight on the CD is "Johhny Nitro", a loving tribute to the late North Beach, San Francisco blues legend Johnny Nitro.
“Daniel Castro is one of the most dynamic blues guitarists performing in the West Coast.” - Willie Brown, President,
Sacramento Blues Society
“He’s got that real deal feel. Daniel Castro is a great musician and entertainer.” - Elvin Bishop
“Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins he has added the three T’s taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and wellchosen covers.” - Dave Rubin, Guitar Player Magazine.