Los Castro’s fondest memories involve music. His mother's family all sang, and he has vivid memories of being transported by the smokey sounds of fuzzed out spanish guitars on spaghetti western soundtracks, sounds that would later inform his guitar playing style. Music was such a given that by the time he stumbled onto an old guitar in the back of his grandma's closet, it was more literal than surprise. His love of the blues deepened during the "shredder 80's when he watched a mariachi-samourai clad Stevie Ray Vaughan combine Albert King licks with Jimi Hendrix’s fiery chops. 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 while the dust from the grunge rock music settled, he found himself under the tutelage of some of SoCal's finest studio musicians during restless stints with Pop and R&B bands, 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.
With his children gone, he relocated to Portland, Oregon to seek a creative outlet. He met the love of his life and, Los co-founded Acoustic Anything with Bellow Bridge's Phil Hitt, then fronted the power trio Los & Found, and finally teamed up with Singer-Songwriter Chris Casale in The Ready. But, after being diagnosed with cancer, Los took time to reflect on life. "Just in case things went south," he would write letters to his children. They were notes on love, about loyalty, family, and forgiveness, Those became songs, 52 in the first year! As therapy, on his doctor's suggestion, he then performed those songs in a solo act but, after receiving a clean bill of health he is back with a new lease on life, and an exciting new trio! The Los Castro Trio is a celebration of life!
About The Trio
Much like the tide, good music should lift, move, and affect as it swells. It can be beautiful and unpredictable at times, kind of the way The Los Castro Trio came together.
Los Castro met Walt Bush during a photo shoot. The conversation was fast and friendly but, very quickly got deep. Los is an intuitive songwriter and therefore assessed that someone as professional as Walt, who had such keen insights into a musician's mind as Walt was, it would stand to reason that they'd have to be a musician of some caliber. It turns out, Walt is a great drummer. And since Los had just finished Cancer treatment, it was time to put a band together! So he called up bass ace Lyle Peterson to help solidify the trio. They had an affinity for Kind of Blue, both the color of the ocean and Miles Davis’ album. They are all men of faith who share a love for family, friends, fitness, and food. And then there's the music. They agreed with Los' premise: at any BB-Q on any given day, the songs everyone could appreciate would probably be a Modern Vintage, combining the best elements of Latin, blues, rock, and soul. It would groove, and it would feel good. The mutual admiration is quite palpable!
Crushed and crying young Walt Sayler Bush walked home alone from the 6th grade. In his pocket was his music report card.
Talent — F
Ability — F
Potential — F
Undoubtedly he’d had problems with his music teacher. She wanted him to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb. He played “Wipe Out!”
Walt ripped up the report card and vowed to never play drums again.
However, that weekend there was a band practicing at the park. And they were looking for musicians. Anyone could join. No matter how bad you were, if you promised to work hard, you could be part of “The Band.”
For five years, in the heat of California sun, the instructors of the LA Brass Band taught him focus and discipline. They became his biggest musical influences. With that band, he performed at the LA Convention Center, The San Diego Sports Arena, and Madison Square Gardens. The music ranged from Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” to Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malagueña.”
As a high school senior Walt won and dedicated his VHS “Best Musician” award to his 6-grade music teacher, Mrs. Thompson! Walt has played drums and percussion for San Diego favorites, The Succulent Greens and The Midnight Sun, and Boxer. After years pursuing other creative interests, Walt has returned to provide the rhythmic backbone to The Los Castro Trio.