Chris Castino




Chris has logged over 1500 live performances, mostly with The Big Wu. Yet this record is designed to be in your room with you, over a nice set of headphones, on a radio station that gives a shit, while driving highways. Share this album with all those who really appreciate a good song. They’ll thank you. “I’m ready to kick this birdie out of the nest”, says Caz.

FEATURING the hymnal 3-part harmonies of “Happy Birthday, Janis: Tribute” vocalist Jill Mikelson and (The Voice finalist) Nicholas David. The rhythm section is JT Bates (Bon Iver, Dead Man Winter, Hiss) and Chad Whittaker (Annie Mack), drummer and percussionist Doug Christianson (Frogleg), and the beautiful Jimmy Rogers on bass (Bourdebela) super-talented Bettina Villamil on fiddles, the ever-romantic Gregg “Cheech” Hall on slide guitars, Jake “Killer” Ilika on guitar, and original Big Wu member Nate Eklund on Piano. Recorded by Dylan Nau who has worked with Nicholas David, Cory Wong, Dave King, Charlie Parr, Anthony Cox, JT Bates, Zacc Harris, Lady Lark, et al.

Thanks to Dylan (and his daughter Lydia) for everything including adding their own guitars, cellos, and other strings to the sound, as well. OK I think that’s everybody!


word on the street

City Pages

“Chris Castino – “Chinese Whispers” (PREMIERE)

Chris Castino is no stranger to highways. The Big Wu frontman has seen all of Minnesota in his career, and now he’s immortalized those journeys in his first solo album, Brazil. Vast and sincere, the record is suffused with the experience of the road. The video for lead single “Chinese Whispers” is stitched together from memories, a tableau of home movies that functions as a microcosm of the record. Brazil was released on March 13, so you can play it with your eyes closed from inside your lockdown, imagining the big state unfolding in the windshield before you.”

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We’ve got some good news and some not-so-good news regarding our summer music series, Get Back on the Train, that was supposed to kick off this weekend at Trempealeau Hotel... which do you want first?!
Okay, the good news is... We’ve got some amazing new names that have been added to our lineup, including a real big surprise that we’ll be able to announce soon! You’ll want to be there, so save all the dates now! Here’s our updated poster 😉 High & Rising is stoked to be the opening act for each of these shows! Hope to see you at all of them!

More good news... if you’re keeping your plans to head to Trempealeau this weekend, you can catch The Craig Baumann Trio out on the deck from 2-5pm ~ And hopefully, it’s a nice sunny time to do it!

The not-so-good news: We’ve been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast for this coming weekend, and have decided, together with Trempealeau Hotel, to push our kickoff weekend back one week, to next week. We will have our first Get Back On The Train Show of the summer on Friday, April 30, with Old Soul Society. Craig Baumann & The Story will then return to the hotel with us for a big show on Friday, Sept 17 to close our summer series of shows there!

If you made arrangements to be in Trempealeau this weekend, we sincerely apologize and hope you can either reschedule to join us next Friday (April 30), or still enjoy the hotel and the beautiful Mississippi River while catching The Craig Baumann Trio Saturday over a nice dinner!

Adam Greuel Chris Castino Craig Baumann and The Story Old Soul Society Northsoul Harder Deeper and High & Rising Crooked Willow
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A pic from a wonderful night of music last Friday in Madison. Many thanks to High & Rising!
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