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04/03/2014 8:17 am

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It is with a very heavy heart that we are saddened to announce that our founding bassist and brother, Albert Besteiro, has decided to step down from his bass duties in Del Castillo to play more electric
guitar. Everyone who truly knows Albert knows that he is an AMAZING guitarist as well as a great bass player. He will be pursuing his passion for playing guitar full-time with many of his side projects that he has formed over the years. As with Alex, we hope you continue to support Albert’s musicalendeavors and wish him only the best in what the future holds for him.  The love and light that Albert brought to Del Castillo and those around him can never be replaced and we will miss him dearly.   If you have not had the pleasure to see him play guitar, we hope that when youdo, you will better understand his decision to play more guitar.
For all Del Castillo fans, please understand that there isn’t any animosityor ill-will between Albert and the members of Del Castillo that led to this decision. We have nothing but respect and love for Albert and thank
him for all the positive energy he contributed to Del Castillo.

Albert’s Official Statement:

“This endeavor would not be possible without the support and encouragement of my brothers in Del Castillo ….I am still 100% behind the band. The upcoming CD is loaded with great songs …..lets keep supporting this great group of musicians ….. Mike, Mark, Rick, Danny and Jason …..Peace …love ..and Latin Music …..Bert”

Del Castillo has no plans, as of yet, to be auditioning new full-time bass players.We have some great friends and amazing bassists scheduled to fill in on future shows until further notice.

Check out Mark & Rick jam “Heartache & Pain” with Ray at his CD Release Party at the State Theater February 27th in Austin, Texas!!

Ray Benson’s new Solo CD titled “A Little Piece” is now available thru iTunes for download!  The CD features a track that showcases Mark & Rick Del Castillo’s guitar playing!!  Click the link above to go to iTunes and download it!  Here’s what Ray said about working with Mark & Rick to American Songwriter Magazine:

American Songwriter: “Who are those guys on “Heartache and Pain?”  I never heard guitar (like that) – it’s not quite flamenco.”

Ray Benson: “Oh yeah, they’re called the Del Castillo Brothers. It’s flamenco rock. It’s just these two guys, they’re in town. I produced a record of them and Willie Nelson doing “I Never Cared For You.”  I had written a song that was very angry, flamenco, and I just started playing it. I play the intro lick you know and I could’ve played, but I went, no man, they’re good friends of mine and this is just right up their alley. Yeah, Mark and Rick, the Del Castillo Brothers, they have a band called Del Castillo and that’s what they do.”

Or if you prefer to order a physical CD, go to http://raybenson.com/

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Be on the lookout for Mark & Rick del Castillo in episodes of Robert Rodriguez’s new “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” which premieres March 11th at 9 pm on the El Rey Network!

01/14/2014 11:53 am

DC On ABC TV!!

Del Castillo was featured Tuesday, January 14th, in a party scene for the Brand New ABC TV Show, Killer Women!  In the scene, we performed

Las Seis Cuerdas de Tony Montuno“!

Many of you were unable to watch it so HERE IT IS!!!

Thank you for all the love and support!

NEW HATS AND BEANIES NOW AVAILABLE!!

Fall special!  Buy $30 worth of merchandise and receive a free Del Castillo CREW Tee

(please specify M or L).

**while supplies last!

 Happy Shopping!!

Check out the Mobile App by Del Castillo. This free Mobile App lets you listen to music, check out photos and videos, read blog posts and get exclusive push notifications straight to your mobile device.

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Pick up a copy of this month’s Guitar Player Magazine for an article on the Ellnora Guitar Festival that Del Castillo played on September 6th!

Also, CLICK HERE to go to a link on Guitar Player’s website featuring Del Castillo!

Here’s what Associate Editor Matt Blackett had to say in his September 16th online blog about Del Castillo:

“I wasn’t aware of these guys prior to Ellnora, but a shuttle ride to the venue where we discovered our mutual love of Jason Becker forged an instant bond. Watching brothers Rick and Mark del Castillo take the stage and throw down dazzling nylon-string runs, in unison and in harmony, made me a big fan. Think of them as Los Hermanos Allmans, playing infectious Latin rhythms with mind-boggling solos. They whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

 
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Mark del Castillo playing so fast it made him blurry.”

Both Mark and Rick Del Castillo will be playing guitar for Robert Rodriguez’s new movie, “Machete Kills” which is in theaters now!  Mark plays all the guitar on the opening credits song while Rick adds the music for the “Space Trailer” scene!  Check it out!

10/07/2013 2:48 pm

NEW DC MERCHANDISE!!

CHECK OUT THE NEW LINE OF DC APPAREL IN THE ONLINE STORE!!

SPECIAL

FREE CREW TEE!!!!

Fall special!  Buy $30 worth of merchandise and receive a free Del Castillo CREW Tee (please specify M or L).

*through October 31, 2013 or while supplies last

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO STORE!

 

Del Castillo sent “Las Seis Cuerdas de Tony Montuno” off to be tested for radio and the results are very promising!  Anything over 7 out of 10 stars is considered “Radio Ready”  and reviewers gave the song a 7.6/10 rating!

Here are just a couple of things fans are saying about the song:

“The opening had instruments that were very upbeat and fun. Made me want to start dancing from the start. Has a wonderful rhythm to it that would make anyone want to dance around. The instruments are smooth and consistent with their harmonies. Very talented artists playing this piece. Could see this being used for dancing, commercials, or anything that would need a highly upbeat, fun song to keep people entertained. From start to finish you want to keep moving. Its very fun and fresh.”

“The mood of this song is very exciting and makes me want to dance. I love the latin taste to this song. I love latin music a lot and I really hope to hear this song around! Definitely would consider to buy this song! It just sounds really cool! I give this a big 10 ! Instrumental balance sounds great and this artist has huge talent!”

“This song has a good energetic beat that is perfect to dance to. There is also a romantic quality to the melody. It is very sensual and would be perfect to dance a flamenco or tango to. The guitarist is very skilled and the production sounds very professional. The sound quality is good. The song is a good length. I could see this being played on World Beat stations with a lot of success.”

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