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Chris Castle (born January 29, 1976 in Sandusky, Ohiomarker) is a folk/Americana singer-songwriter. Cleveland Magazine has described his writing as an "authentic connection to the world-weary soul of American roots music"., while The New London Day's Rick Koster calls Castle "a visionary songwriter"..

Early life

Born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1976, Castle's family moved to the village of New London, Ohiomarker around the time he was four. His parents had migrated to Ohiomarker from eastern Kentuckymarker in the late sixties, and Castle was exposed to Appalachianmarker Music from a very early age. His father (a Vietnam War veteran) committed suicide when Castle was nine years old; a theme that would later inspire Castle's first official single and video, Both Ends of A Gun, produced by Brown Dog Films (whose credits include Ween, Sound of Urchin and the Infamous Stringdusters).

Career

Castle spent his teen years as a staff-writer in Nashville, Tennesseemarker, working under such notable writers as; Casey Kelly (The Cowboy Rides Away), Wood Newton (Bobbie Sue), and Earl Bud Lee (Friends in Low Places). At twenty-one, he would leave Music Row, to perform in bars and coffeehouses throughout the U.S.

Castle's 2007 release, Hollow Bones in Monotone, received solid reviews, and established Castle as an accepted player in the modern folk scene. His 2008 follow-up, Crazy Wind, was recorded at Levon Helm Studios (in Woodstock, New Yorkmarker) by Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip.

In July 2007, Castle was named featured artist at Folk Alley , in addition to being a finalist in the Granite State Songwriting Contest, in Newmarket, New Hampshiremarker. Castle has shared stages with such acts as: Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Uncle Monk (with Tommy Ramone), Jimmy Webb, Radney Foster, Richard Shindell, Jonathan Edwards, Junior Brown, Amy Speace, Tommy Womack, the Wood Brothers, Eilen Jewell, Will Kimbrough, The Everybodyfields, Peter Case, Jim White, Fiona McBain (of Ollabelle), Jenny Owen Youngs, and Jeff Black.

References

  1. Jim Vickers, Cleveland Magazine (Cleveland, Ohio) May, 2008
  2. Rick Koster, The Day (New London, Connecticut), August 7, 2008
  3. dirtsandwich.com accessdate=10-01-2008
  4. Adam Mastroianni, Norwalk Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio) July 31, 2007
  5. coolcleveland.com accessdate=10-01-08
  6. Rick Koster, The Day (New London, Connecticut) August 7, 2008
  7. folkalley.com
  8. Granite State Songwriting Contest at MySpace, accessdate=10-01-2008


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