Del Castillo

Colton Entertainment, LLC

Rick del Castillo – Guitar/Vocals Mark del Castillo – Guitar/Vocals
Danny Ortiz – Lead Vocals Albert Besteiro – Bass
Mike Zeoli – Drums Jason Murdy – Percussion/Vocals

Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2012 release, Infinitas Rapsodias, DEL CASTILLO has received an astonishing number of awards and award nominations. In 2009, Del Castillo was honored with four Latin Grammy nominations and two Grammy nominations. Other awards include SXSW/Austin Music "Album of the Year" Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), "Band of the Year (2003)", ASCAP'S "Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)", and Austin Music Pundits "Best Live Act (2004)".

Rolling Stone calls DEL CASTILLO "tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars" with "eruptions of technique and taste (that) conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings)."

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.

DEL CASTILLO has toured extensively in Europe and the U.S. playing with such diverse acts as Buddy Guy, Gipsy Kings, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Styx, Ozomatli, Don Henley, and Willie Nelson. They have performed at three of Willie Nelson's 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances.

Willie Nelson enjoyed DEL CASTILLO so much that he re-recorded his song "I Never Cared For You" with the group (which is included on Del Castillo's Brotherhood CD) and calls it "his favorite version".

Rick and Mark del Castillo were selected by Gibson Global to be two of only about SIX guitarists in the world to launch the new state-of the-art Dark Fire Gibson Les Paul guitar line.


• "INFINITAS RAPSODIAS" CD (2012) • "BROTHERHOOD" CD (2006) • "DEL CASTILLO LIVE" DVD (2004). Live footage filmed and edited by Robert Rodriguez. • "VIDA" CD (2002) • "BROTHERS OF THE CASTLE" CD (2001)


"MACHETE" soundtrack CD (2010).


"KILL BILL, VOL. 2" soundtrack CD (2004). Includes "Malaguena Salerosa" by Chingon (Del Castillo, Robert Rodriguez, and others).

"MEXICO & MARIACHIS" CD (2004). Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" Trilogy. Includes "Spanish Castle Tango" by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Rick and Mark del Castillo, vocals by Alex Ruiz, and percussion by Rick Holeman on various songs.


"ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO"  soundtrack CD (2003). Includes "Dias de los Angeles" by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Mark and Rick del Castillo, and vocals by Alex Ruiz on various songs.

"THE CRY"  Indie supernatural thriller based on the 500-year old Latin American legend of La Llorona, an anguished vengeful spirit acknowledged by 28 million believers. (Announcement of release plans is forthcoming.) • Del Castillo with Patricia Vonne recorded the traditional song "La Llorona" for the opening and end credits. • Del Castillo songs featured on the soundtrack: "Talkin' To Ya" (from Brotherhood CD), "Don Nicolas" and "Suenos Madrigales" (from Vida CD)

"KILL BILL, VOL. 2" (Film and Soundtrack CD) • "Malaguena Salerosa" (Rick and Mark del Castillo/ guitar, Alex Ruiz/vocals, Rick Holeman/percussion)

"ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO" (Film and Soundtrack CD) • "Eye Patch" (Rick del Castillo/guitar, percussion; Alex Ruiz/vocals) • "Guitar Town" (Rick del Castillo/guitar) • "Church Shootout" (Rick del Castillo/guitar, drums) • "Dias de los Angeles " (written, performed, produced by Del Castillo) • "Mariachi vs. Marquez" (Rick del Castillo/guitar) • "Coup De Etat" (Rick del Castillo/guitar) • "El Mariachi" (Rick del Castillo/guitar) • "Siente Mi Amor" (Rick del Castillo/guitar) • "Cuka Rocka" (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)

"MEXICO & MARIACHIS " - Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez's EL MARIACHI Trilogy (Films and CD) • "Alacran y Pistolero" (Rick and Mark del Castillo/ guitar, Alex Ruiz/backing vocals, Rick Holeman/percussion) • "Severina" (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar) • "Theme from El Mariachi" (Rick del Castillo/ guitar, Rick Holeman/percussion) • "Back To The House That Love Built" (Acoustic) (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick Holeman/percussion) • "Spanish Castle Tango" (Written, Performed, and Produced by Del Castillo) • "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" (Main Titles) (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Rick Holeman/percussion)

"SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER" (Film and DVD) • "Game Over" (Rick del Castillo/guitar) • "Isle Of Dreams" (Rick del Castillo/guitar)