Keepin’ On

On his aptly titled fourth album, Castiglia, a Cuban-American guitar slinger, walks the line between traditional treatments and contemporary reinvention. His back-to-basics approach follows in the footsteps of those who fostered the blues in the Mississippi Delta and the smoky late-night haunts of Chicago. Castiglia’s muscular style is reflected in the fluid fretwork of “Cadillac Assembly Line,” the guttural growl of “Keep On Keepin’ On,” the brash boogie of “Goin’ Upstairs” and the bottleneck blues of his own “Sweet Southern Angel.” Five of the songs are credited to Castiglia—others come courtesy of Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Peter Green—but the artist asserts his authenticity and authority throughout Keepin’ On.

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