“Saying that Los plays music would be understating it. He feels the music. He becomes the music...”
Music has always fascinated Los Castro. He uaed to hide behind the sofa while his father watched spaghetti westerns only to stand slack jawed with eyes closed as he breathed Sergio Leone soundtracks in the way other boys would take nervous drags from their first cigarette.Fuzzed out spanish guitars transported and called out to him, and when he fell on an old guitar in the back of his grandmother's closet, it would be more literal than surprise. His love of the blues came unexpectedly during the "shredder 80's when he watched Stevie Ray Vaughan blow the spandex off the competition on Austin City Limits. Los was hooked!
He had wanted a strat but, none-the-less his countless hours of guitar practice were rewarded when he inherited a '72 Martin D-35 from a retired bluegrass pro, and then to top it all off, he found himself under the tutelage of some of SoCal's finest studio musicians during his restless stints with R&B, rock and pop bands while the dust from grunge rock settled. Even though the music business has seen its share of tough times, Los gratefully credits his teachers and mentors for helping him endure the changes by fostering and nurturing his love of ALL good music, it served him well during his tenure as a side man.
Since relocating to Portland, Oregon from California, Los co-founded Acoustic Anything with Bellow Bridge's Phil Hitt, and fronted the power trio Los & Found. Los is now focused on writing his own material, and as more than three decades of musical immersion and the reality of life have transpired, Los' lyrics now paint a portrait of a complex mind with a simple heart. Though primarily a blues guitarist with a penchant for flamenco, Los also sketches at the boundaries of genres as diverse as Latin, soul, funk, jazz, world, rock, and pop. It displays depth, range, and perhaps even provides a glimpse of both his romantic Latin heritage, and the optimistic exuberance of his youth.
“Love has memory, everlasting history, I will always love you...even when I’m gone”
— "Because of Love" * (excerpt)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Putting family first, he is now free to play music. He has played with and guested with many great bands around the Portland metro area ranging from celtic, to polynesian and acoustic to electric. Meanwhile, he has been writing songs prolifically, material he hopes will be for an album that he feels can showcase his versatility, while remaining cohesive.
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