Recently we caught up with The Skip Castro Band playing at the Westchester Concert Series to benefit Operation Enduring Warrior, and learn more about their 40 years together.
Danny, Charlie, Corkie and Bo—four guys who came together back in 1978 at UVA because they simply liked to play music. And as fate would have it, all four of them also found themselves unemployed, so they had plenty of time to make the magic happen. Their shared love of rhythm ‘n’ blues, swing, boogie-woogie and rock ‘n’ roll was the foundation on which the Skip Castro Band was born.
Fast forward to 2018, 40 years later, and these guys are still friends and still making music together. They’ve been called one of the best party bands ever, but if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing them live, you can grab their CD, Boogie At Midnight on their website at SkipCastro.com. We chatted with Bo Randall, vocalist and guitarist, about the things the Skip Castro Band has seen and done in the last 40 years.
Wow! 40 years of playing together! What would you say the band is most proud of?
We’re all incredibly proud of the fact that the same four guys are still performing together after 40 years. And that we still enjoy playing together as much as we do. It’s more fun than ever for all of us, and we’re always looking forward to the next show. There aren’t many bands that can say they have the original members after 40 years, but we can—a rare feat.
What’s your favorite song to play/sing and why?
We have a lot of favorites. It’s very difficult to say which is the most favorite. We’ve played “Boogie At Midnight” more than any other song as that is our most recognized song and it’s still an incredible amount of fun to play—very uptempo and for me, it’s kinda like a surfer catching a wave. When I catch the groove of that song just right, it is an absolute joy to play.
Where is your favorite place to play and why?
Our favorite place to play is the place we’re playing in next. They’re all good since they’ve booked us! Over 40 years, we’ve played in hundreds and hundreds of venues up and down the east coast from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale. It’s very difficult to pick one: the Moonshadow in Atlanta, the Double Door in Charlotte, the Wax Museum, the Bayou, Desperados in Washington, D.C., No Fish Today in Baltimore, Hard Times in Richmond, the Kings Head Inn and the Boathouse in Norfolk, 23 East in Philadelphia, the Lone Star Cafe in New York, the Tam in Boston—all great rooms in their day. Currently, we like the TinPan in Richmond, Gypsy Sally’s in D.C., the list goes on and on.
How many CDs have you released?
We’ve only released Boogie At Midnight on CD. When we played full-time, we released three records and a couple of singles. We’re not sure where the master tapes are anymore. That’s why Boogie at Midnight is the only release on CD.
What’s been one of the craziest fan experiences?
Playing to a full house at the Hampton Coliseum was certainly up there. We weren’t the headliners, but the energy in the room was off the charts. Not long after that, we were playing in Tidewater somewhere and the governor was scheduled to speak during our break. The crowd was so fired up that they had to ask the governor to keep his remarks short because the crowd was ready for us to come back on. Or the first time we played the Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.—a big room and we didn’t know what to expect, but we sold out the room, and the energy was palpable that night.
Do you see yourselves playing for another 40 years?
I’m 65 years old now so in another 40 years, I’d be 105. Don’t think that’s going to happen. But we all want to keep playing as long as folks will come out to see us.