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Jerry Castle is an American singer-songwriter from the small Appalachian Mountain town of Abingdon, Virginia.  He’s completely crazy and completely sane, funny but tormented. He’s a whole lot a rock n roll wrapped in a whole lot a country.  Castle, a 14 year resident of Nashville, TN, has become best known for his country-rock songwriting about heartbreak, hard living, and lessons learned from a colorful life both at home and on the road.  He still believes that songwriting should be magical, not contrived and his forthcoming 2013 release, 'Desperate Parade', is a perfect manifestation of that theory. 

When Jerry headed to the studio in the fall of 2011 with Dexter Green (Collective Soul, Cory Chisel), little did he know that it would take 18-months to complete that album ‘Desperate Parade’.  Along the way, several stand-out musicians lent their talents to the record including saxophonist Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton), Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Peter Frampton), and backing vocalist Regina McCrary (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder) just to name a few.

Once primarily a hard-charging rocker, Castle displays increasing songwriting depth on ‘Desperate Parade’.  Even though ‘Desperate Parade’ has a lot of similar subject matters as his 2010 release ‘Don’t Even Ask’ or his 2004 release ‘Back Side Of Down’, there is something noticeably different about the songs of ‘Desperate Parade’.  There is more light and there is more hope in songs like ‘Be the One’, ‘Precious Time’ and ‘Calm’ than any songs on his previous releases.

Castle’s musical history dates to the mid-1990s, when he began playing music on the campus of what is now the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a group called The Stumble Biscuits.  The musician’s aspirations eventually grew into Toast, a jam band formed with a bunch of buddies from Abingdon.  Touring regularly, Toast developed a loyal following on the strength of its two albums –1997’s “Game Called Life” and its follow-up; the more polished “Simple Pleasures.”


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