Albert Castiglia review…October 14, 2017….

ALBERT CASTIGLIA

UP ALL NIGHT

RUF RECORDS  CD 1249

HOODOO ON ME–I BEEN UP ALL NIGHT–THREE LEGGED DOG–95 SOUTH–KNOCKED DOWN LOADED–QUIT YOUR BITCHING–WOMAN DON’T LIE–UNHAPPY HOUSE OF BLUES–DELILAH–CHASE HER AROUND THE HOUSE–YOU GOT ME TO THAT PLACE

Over the course of his storied career, South Florida-based bluesman Albert Castiglia has hoodooed on stage with the ol’ Hoodoo Man himself, Junior Wells, gone waaay past those “Bad Year Blues,” and, on his last album, told all of us to “Get Yer @$$ In The Van” for the next gig!  A perennial road dog, he’s back with what will likely prove to be his strongest album to date.  Yup–“Up All Night” has got everything his fans love best about him–blistering solos, that soul-man’s vocal delivery, tunes about life on the road, relationships, both good and bad, with everything aided and abetted by that keen sense of humor.

Want some pure Sixties’ psychedelia?  Then, get yer wah-wah’s out for the title cut, where Albert, in trouble with a lover, sings, “I Been Up All Night, rollin’ joints as big ’round as my thumb!”  “Knocked Down Loaded” will take many of us back to our youth, when we all believed we were ten feet tall and bulletproof, especially when “Jack, black,” and “wine spo-de-o-de” gets involved!  Albert closes the set on a quieter, acoustic note, a cool ode to that special lover who “Got Me To That Place where I want to be!”

Not all the girls herein are on the up and up, tho.  Check out the pure evil of the leadoff lady who “Put The Hoodoo On Me,” and the constant fussing and fighting has him ready to blow an “Unhappy House Of Blues.”  Written by Cyril Neville, Albert relates to the “graveyard love” therein, and it also features harp from Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone.

We had two favorites, too.  Sonny Landreth adds his signature slide licks to the roadhouse boogie of  “95 South,” tracing Albert’s road trip from “DC to SoFlo” and trying to outrun a hurricane!  And, when you’ve been on the road for “a month and 14 days,” when you get home, you want to grab your lover and “Chase Her Around The House,” where the only real choice is whether it’s “the bedroom or the kitchen floor.”

Albert Castiglia has done it again with “Up All Night.”  He left everything the same from his last album, as this one also was laid down at Dockside Studios with the honorable Mike Zito producing.  The only changes were the band members, this time with Jimmy Pritchard on bass, and Brian Menendez on drums.  Everybody played their collective butts off, too.  Mama Esther, you gotta be proud of your son Albert and this stellar set of contemporary blues!  Love to all…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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