Having achieved some chart success, Castle took a six-year sabbatical from life on the road to focus on family and community building. He opened a small record label and recording studio, was elected to City Council, and served as an economic developer in the City of Norwalk, Ohio. Those efforts were rewarded with awards and proclamations from the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives, regional media, and the Ohio Arts Educators Association. You won't find a stranger detour in the middle of a Folk songwriter's bio.
Chris Castle returned to live performances in early October, promoting his first studio release in seven years, Still Portrait Of A Spinning Wheel.
THE CONTINUING STORY OF CHRIS CASTLE
Of all the albums ever produced, only one brought members of the Band and the Ramones under the same roof. That album was Chris Castle's Last Bird Home.
Recorded at Levon Helm Studios, Last Bird Home featured guest performances by Garth Hudson (the Band), Tommy Ramone (the Ramones), Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), the Womack Family Band, Carl Franklin (the Franklin Brothers), Sandy Allen, Daphne Lee Martin, Justin Guip (Hot Tuna) and Gabriel Butterfield (son of Blues legend Paul Butterfield). It was a session for the ages, and it earned Castle a top 5 Americana record.
Over the course of his career, Castle has shared stages with some of the industry's heaviest hitters, including: Chris Hillman (the Byrds), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tommy Ramone (the Ramones), David Amram, Jimmy Webb, Radney Foster, Richard Shindell, Darrell Scott, Jonathan Edwards, Junior Brown, The Wood Brothers, Amy Speace, Tommy Womack, Will Kimbrough, the Everybodyfields, Peter Case, Jim White, Eric Taylor, and Jeff Black.