In late 1977, four Charlottesville musicians — Danny Beirne (piano), Bo Randall (guitar), Corky Schoonover (drums), and Charlie Pastorfield (bass) — found themselves out of work and without a clue. Corky (who had recently returned from a stint at Boston’s Berklee School of Music) suggested over beers that their mutual love of late ’40s and early ’50s swing music might make an interesting focal point for a new band. Rehearsals began, and on December 31st, 1977, the Skip Castro Band played their first performance.
Skip Castro’s unusual blend of boogie, swing, rock’n’roll obscurities, and original tunes in a frenetic live show quickly earned them a reputation up and down the Eastern Seaboard as a band to be reckoned with. For a decade, the boys kept up a grueling pace of 200-300 shows a year, drawing big crowds and opening shows for the likes of The Kinks, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Little Feat, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Kenny Loggins, The Hooters, Bob Weir and The Beach Boys. All good things come to an end however and, in March of 1988, the band called it quits with a series of goodbye shows from Boston to Atlanta.
It’s now the 21st century. Bo runs an advertising agency in Richmond, Charlie and Corky work for the Charlottesville-based Crutchfield Corporation, and Danny is living in Ohio. But you can’t keep a good band down. Over the last couple of years, The Skip Castro Band has come roaring back to life, playing 8-10 dates a year around Virginia and Maryland — still maintaining the intensity that was the trademark of their live shows. Recently, the band appeared in Live from…. the Hook, a documentary about the lives of Charlie and Bob Girard (aka Johnny Sportcoat) and the music scene in Charlottesville, Virginia. With a little bit of luck, a new generation may again have the chance to boogie at midnight!
|Boogie At Midnight||Down The Road Apiece|
|I Don’t Want To Work||Happy Payday|
|Going To A Party Tonight||If You Don’t Want Me|
|Boogie Woogie Country Girl||Just Like A Woman|
|That’s Alright||You’re Killing Me|
|Choo Choo Ch’boogie||Corina Corina|
|Devil With A Blue Dress||My Gal Is Red Hot|
|Jenny Take A Ride||I Can’t Stand The Cold|
|She Walks Right In||New Orleans|
|Honey Hush||Little Lucille|
|Little Queenie||Castro Boogie|
|Let Her Go Alone||Cheat|
|Flat Foot Sam||Hard Times|
|Shake Rattle & Roll||Kansas City|
|Lovin Machine||Pink Champagne|
|Rockin’ All Over The World||School Days|
|It Comes To Me Naturally||Blue Light Boogie|
|It’s A Man’s World||Fine Lookin’ Woman|
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