BIO & REVIEWS
"A tunesmith of almost scary vision, narrative acumen and hooky instinct... writing songs is utterly programmed into his DNA"
- Rick Koster, The New London (CT) Day
"A rising Americana stand-out (his songs are) packed full of imagery and interesting chord progressions, all layered over some close harmonies and rhythms that are sometimes textbook country and sometimes a little more funky.”
- Folk Alley
"A multi-faceted diamond in a Kentucky coal mine. Chris Castle is a hidden gem that shines with diverse life experience. Great songs, great singing - deeply connected to the earth in which he was formed.”
- Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm)
"Hollow Bones in Monotone was the best Folk album of 2007. The Drenched Earth Tour was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life."
- Shawn Henderson (106.1 fm WSCA)
"His songs are so well-written, they never seem sparse, despite their minimal production."
- The Cleveland Free Times
"A broken 'cotton leather pouch bucket guitarist' — that’s folk for genius."
- The Erie Wire
"Chris Castle sings his unique songs of depth and beauty with a voice well textured by life's experiences."
- Tommy Ramone (The Ramones)
"The Ohio Troubadour writes and sings in a style that combines elements of rock, country and folk with a literary slant that recalls the best work of Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Buddy Miller."
- No Depression
Chris Castle builds the kind of songs that three generations of America grew up with. His music is an homage to the archetypal elements found in the past century of popular music, drawing from classic Country, early Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, and traditional Pop. Castle’s ability to seamlessly blend these genres is a testament to his deep love and understanding of the tapestry of American music.
It's no surprise then, that he has found himself at home alongside some of the godfathers of modern Americana music. Castle has shared stages and studios with legendary artists like Garth Hudson (the Band), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), Tommy Ramone (the Ramones), and Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson). His 2012 release, Last Bird Home, was recorded at the storied Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and broke the top 20 on multiple roots radio charts.
Castle is currently collaborating on a new album with three-time Grammy winning engineer Justin Guip (the Black Crowes, Hot Tuna), co-writer Josh Devaney, and producer Larry Campbell - set to release in 2024.