lou castro: ocracoke’s musical renaissance man
If it’s music Lou Castro probably plays it. Jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock and every combination imaginable, he plays it all and with a skill and style that is outstanding. Plus, he’s a really nice guy. Connie Leinbach, writing for the Island Free Press, does a great job of describing the joy and the genius of Lou Castro.
Most nights, you are likely to see Lou in a band somewhere on the island. Among the bands he plays in are Molasses Creek — a contemporary folk band, which is his main gig; Raygun Ruby, an ’80s band; Lightning Lou and the Blackouts, which is his jazz-rock band; Martin and Lou, his gig with popular island guitarist Martin Garrish, and the Ocracoke Rockers and the Aaron Caswell Band.
Then there’s the Ocrafolk Opry on Wednesday nights, and he also plays at various venues on Hatteras.
On stage he has an array of instruments. Not just the electric, acoustic, slide or steel guitar, but the electric bass and dobro.
There’s also the duo, Coyote, with his wife, Marcy Brenner, who also is a member of Molasses Creek.