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Monday 04 January 2021

Like A Rolling Stone: Jerry Castle Travels From Exile On Main St To Teaming Up With Legendary Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys

Having released his Appalachian soul album Midnight Testaments, Jerry Castle has shared a brand new track with a fascinating backstory. 

His new song With The Band features the legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys, who is best remembered for his work with The Rolling Stones. 

The late musician's work with the band spanned 1969 to 2014, with highlights including the famous sax that features on Brown Sugar and numerous world tours. 

His countless other credits include John Lennon, Marvin Gaye and Eric Clapton.
The story starts in 2013. Jerry was at the height of his Stones fandom, constantly playing Exile on Main St., rewatching the Stones in Exile documentary and reading Keith Richards' autobiography Life

It also inspired his admiration for Bobby. As Jerry says: 

"Southern, boisterous, animated and rocking, what wasn't to like?"
Jerry chanced upon a Facebook post from his friend Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), who was playing in Bobby's band The Suffering Bastards

Realising that Bobby also lived in Nashville, Jerry asked Dan to put them in touch.

Which resulted in Jerry booking Bobby for a session, despite not having written anything specifically for them to record.
While Bobby's performance was everything that Jerry hoped it would be, the actual recordings didn't turn out as hoped. 

For years, Jerry had been frustrated by the experience. 

"I had one of the most colourful musicians in rock 'n' roll history on my songs, and they were nothing more than half-assed demos."
In the autumn of 2019, however, Jerry revisited the recordings. 

He effectively wrote a new song from scratch, with Bobby's evocative sax being the one element that remained from the original. 

The result is With The Band, a soul-inflected country rock soul-burner that brings the spirit of 1969 to 2020. 

It has been released to commemorate what would've been Bobby's 77th birthday (coincidentally, he was born on the same day as Keith Richards).
"With The Band' pays tribute to Bobby and all of those that try to navigate a life of love while being on the road."
It's the strongest statement to date from an artist who was raised in rural Virginia, worked as a songwriter in the heart of Nashville, and who has played thousands of shows.

by: Mike Cobley


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