Jerry Castle honors the memory of legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys’ (The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Lynyrd Skynyrd) with his new single “With The Band feat. Bobby Keys,” which Rolling Stone calls “a loose, country-tinged, Keith Richards-esque ode to rocking out”
Listen to the new single, here: youtu.be/nZhhxuXvqEA
Castle talks to Rolling Stone about meeting his musical hero, re-writing the track around Keys’ recording and what it means to release “With The Band” 6 years later on Keys’ birthday, here: rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bobby-keys-jerry-castle-with-the-band-1105665
"Bobby Keys' saxophone track was originally recorded in 2014, shortly before he went on his last tour with The Rolling Stones,” says Castle. "In late 2019, I pulled up the track and was disappointed that my song didn’t feel like a proper tribute to the musician that Bobby was, so I began the process of re-writing the song around Bobby’s saxophone performance. I knew I was on the path to accomplishing a proper re-write when the hook “With The Band” found its way into the song. Anyone that has dedicated their life to music and spent extensive time on the road knows how difficult it is to navigate keeping relationships in tact while living on the road. When things in “the real world” get too overwhelming, we musicians usually have the overwhelming desire to take to the open road. No matter how in love we are with someone, we never love them more than we love music.”
With his self-penned new single, Castle follows a longstanding tradition of great American road songs (CCR's Travelin’ Band, Bob Seger’s Turn the Page, Journey's Faithfully). He enlists a stellar crew of musicians for the track including electric guitarist Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton), pianist and organist Micah Hulscher (Margo Price, Alabama Shakes) and more. “With The Band” is mixed by Warren Riker (Santana, The Fugees) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour).
Castle has shared the bill with acts like Sturgill Simpson, Justin Townes Earle and Old Dominion and draws on influences stretching from old-school country to 60s and 70s-era rock. “With The Band” follows his recently released ‘Midnight Testaments’ (10.16) album and previews new music to come early 2021. For more information, visit jerrycastlemusic.com.