It’s nearly 3am New Year’s Day 2014 in an underground club in Stuttgart Germany, a mixed crowd of hep cats and chicks, hipsters and even some squares from all over the world are yelling and stamping their feet to call him back. Only an hour earlier the champagne was gone and the excitement seemed to be slowing down, but now the crowd is going wild demanding yet another encore…
In just two days time Chris Casello will be back in Nashville Tennessee knocking out the crowds in the downtown honky tonks.
Guitarist Chris Casello is one the most dynamic and entertaining guitarist in the world of roots music today. Casello takes his influences from Les Paul and Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry and Link Wray, multitasking guitar, steel and vocals in a high energy swinging rockabilly blues explosion.
Originally from the Detroit area, Chris has worked with dozens of artists and toured the world, specializing in roots styles from swing, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and country.
Chris Casello has been honored as the # 1 Honky-Tonk Hero 2011 by the Best Of Nashville Scene and has been listed among the Top 10 Best Dressed in Nashville by MyFashionMaven.com! Casello has been honored by Detroit Metro Times polls in the jazz, country and rock categories and was recently nominated in the Best Musician category for Austin’s International Ameripolitan Awards 2014. Chris is a second generation inductee into The Rockabilly Hall of Fame and is a Kentucky Colonel.
The last decade has seen many celebrated names sitting in with Chris Casello and the boys at Roberts Western World In Music City: Lee Roy Parnell, Mel Tillis, The Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Katie Morgan, Brooks and Dunn, Kid Rock, Sam Bush, Joe Nichols, The Mavericks, Jeanie C. Riley, Jack Greene, Hal Ketchum, John Rich, Dierks Bentley, etc. Chris has also jammed with greats like Vince Gill, T. Graham Brown, Ronnie Bowman, Albert Lee, James Burton, The Texas Tornados, Connie Smith and others on the road and in the studio.
Chris has worked professionally with Carlene Carter, Wanda Jackson, Mark Collie, Wayne Hancock, David Ball, BR549, Los Straitjackets, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Trisha Yearwood, Stonewall Jackson, Crystal Gayle, Tommy Tutone, Jim Ed Brown, Don Maddoxx, Marty Stuart, Rosie Flores, Carolina Rain and many others.
Chris Casello has enjoyed long working relationships with Sun, Fortune and Motown Artist Johnny Powers and many other pioneers including Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley and Bo Diddley to name only a few.
Any Chris Casello show always features mind boggling guitar and stage tricks so embedded in American roots you can smell the greens and taste the hot sauce.
I only used vintage amps, Fender and Valco stuff mostly, but this Supro is blowing my mind! Lately its all I want to use. Every instrument from Gretsch and Gibson hollow-bodies to Fenders light up through my Coronado. I can’t get over the simplicity and tone range of just two knobs and internally piggybacked channels. The bass response is astounding. I love running my vintage lap steels through it and even my Sho-Bud Pedal Steel rocks. Great clean tone that breaks up perfectly when you crank it. A work of tonal art. Love the tremolo too!