quot; tumbling brilliance on nylon-string guitarsThese eruptions of technique and taste conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings). says Rolling Stone. Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music Album of the Year Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), Band of the Year (2003), ASCAPS Best Independent Group of the Year (2005), and Austin Music Pundits Best Live Act (2004). Film Director Robert Rodriguez attended a Del Castillo concert in 2002 and a great friendship developed between the two. Rodriguez then enlisted the group to contribute music to the soundtracks of his movies, such as Spy Kids 3D, Once Upon a Time in Mexico,Sin City, and GRINDHOUSE, and perform with him at the premieres. Rodriguez was so impressed with Del Castillo that he wanted to record with them, so together, they formed CHINGON and recorded an amazing electric rendition of the Mexican classic song, Malaguena Salerosa. Quentin Tarantino loved it so much that he re-did the ending sequence of Kill Bill Vol. II to fit the song into his movie. By 2004, Del Castillo was touring nationwide across the country playing with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson and continued tour non-stop through 2006. They have performed at three of Willie Nelsons 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Claptons Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances.
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