Boomer Castleman inventor: Bigsby PalmPedal, a steel guitar like string bending device for elec. & acoustic guitars (Nat'l Public Radio 7/16/00
Artist: The Lewis & Clarke Expedition (Colgems Records); "Judy Mae" solo artist, (Mums Records); "Summertime Blues" , solo artist (Cream Records); "Nashville Guitars, A Showcase of Nashville's Hottest Guitar Players", (Nuance/WB Records), Mr. Hyde (guitarist in rock band on Taxim Records); Personal Notes" (An instrumental CD on RLG Records).
Music Director: The International Country Music Awards Show - A live Audio/Video production featuring top international artists. Tom Jones hosting.
Musician: Played of recording sessions for such Pop, Country, and R&B artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Vic Dana, Lola Folana, Kenny Rogers, Merilee Rush, Michael Martin Murphey, George Hamilton, Tammy Wynette, David Alan Coe, Johnny Rodriguez, George Jones, Dorsey Burnette, Johnny Paycheck, Patti Page, Johnny Lee, Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Earl Scruggs, Trini Lopez, Dave Dudley, Hoyt Axton, Big Al Downing, Gerry Mulligan, and more.
Live Performances: The White House, Washington DC December 29th, 2000; 2001 Super Blues Fest, San Diego; American Bandstand (One of only two artiststo perform live. The other was Jim Stafford); guitarist for flutist James Galway on the "Stranded in West Texas" show; Staff guitarist for the Smokey Mountain Steel Guitar Jamboree, Knoxville, TN (a yearly event).
Background Vocalist: "In the Heat of the Night" (Oscar for best sound track, 1968); "I Dream of Jeannie", "For Singles Only", "The Tiger Makes Out", guitarist on "Take This Job & Shove It" movie, "New Country", "Christmas on the General Jackson", The Graham Parsons Notebook" (Vocalist & Guitarist).
Songwriter: Songs by Lyle Lovett, John Denver, The Monkees, George Hamilton IV, Ronnie Prophet, Chad Everett, Rusty Weir, Seldom Seen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Michael Martin Murphey, BW Stevenson, Meri Wilson, and the TV shows "Bonanza" & "I Dream of Jeannie".
Producer: "Judy Mae" (Boomer Castleman, Mums Records); "Telephone Man" (Meri Wilson, BNA/GRT Records); "Say You Do", (Bobby David, 20th Century Records); "Hollywood & Vine" (Kim Morrison, Malaco Records); "Just For You" (Ronnie Prophet, Cachet/TeeVee Records); "Peter the Meter Reader" (Meri Wilson WMOT Records); "Silent Partners (Rodney Lay, Sun Records); "Summertime Blues" (Boomer Castleman, Cream Records); "Internet Man", "900 Song" (Meri Wilson WB/Giant Records); "Mr. Hyde" (Mr. Hyde, Taxim Records); "Personal Notes" (Boomer Castleman,RLG Records)
Awards: Vocals on Quincy Jones Oscar winning soundtrack "In the Heat of the Night"; "Telephone Man" (Meri Wilson RIAA Certified gold record); "Just For You" (Ronnie Prophet CRIA Certified gold record); "Telephone Man" (Meri Wilson Ampex Golden Reel Award); "Just For You" Ronnie Prophet Ampex Golden Reel Award; "Telephone Man" (Meri Wilson UK Certified Silver); "Spotlight Guitar" (Boomer Castleman, Guitar Player Magazine June '94); "Lick-of-the-month" (Boomer Castleman Guitar Player Magazine, March '99); "Rock & Read" Magazine Boomer Castleman cover story).
Organizations: NARAS, AFTRA, NARM, AF of M,CMA, AFIM
Record Labels: owned BNA Records, a successful indy label; sold to BMG, 1993; Head of DeltaDisc Records A&R 1999; currently COO of Legend Records; also owns & operates Amria Records.
Contact: Boomer Castleman, PO Box 120723, Nashville, TN 37212-0723; cell: 615-948-1009
Featured Music: Wednesday, April 02, 2008
He Loves Fort Worth
Owen “Boomer” Castleman has played with the greats and is still kickin’.
By ERIC GRIFFEY
If the video game Guitar Hero had only songs written and performed by Texas music legends, it’s a good bet that one song by Owen “Boomer” Castleman would be unbeatable. The heralded rock/country guitarist and Farmers Branch native has had a career that even the most imaginative of Hollywood producers would find unbelievable. He has played and recorded with dozens of chart-topping musicians, written and produced gold albums, and has enjoyed Billboard success. He is an inventor, a musical director, and even did the vocals on an Oscar-winning soundtrack produced by the legendary Quincy Jones.
Now 62, Castleman started his professional singing career at age six but didn’t pick up a guitar until he was 12, after he cut the two main tendons in his left forearm and started playing the guitar as physical therapy His early influences included folk acts like The Kingston Trio. He didn’t really get into rock ’n’ roll until after Buddy Holly died. He continued playing music and writing songs throughout his high school years at St. Mark’s in Dallas, where some of his classmates included Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller, and Tommy Lee Jones.
When he was 17, he started playing with former Arlington Heights High School student John Deutschendorf, better known as John Denver. Castleman said that one of his greatest memories was the moment Fort Worth boy Deutschendorf became Denver at a club in Westwood, Calif.
“There were four people in the audience,” he said. The club owner, Randy Sparks, likened “Deutschendorf” to a disease he got “in the service.” Sparks recommended “Denver.” “I was sitting right there when Randy Sparks gave him his name,” Castleman said. “Everyone thinks it’s because of some Rocky Mountain high, but that’s not true. That’s the single most unique event in my musical career.”
Castleman also started a band called The Survivors, featuring young Michael Nesmith, who would later become a member of The Monkees. Nesmith’s replacement in The Survivors was Oak Cliff native Michael Martin Murphey. In 1966, Castleman and Murphey also played as The Lewis and Clark Expedition. That band was Colgems’ (Colombia and Screen Gems studios) attempt at replicating the magic of their prized property, The Monkees, who were enjoying great success at the time. The duo later penned the song that Castleman considers the best he’s ever written, “Foat Wuth Ah Luv Yew.” For a time, the city adopted as its slogan the lyric “On the muscle of my arm, there’s a red-and-blue tattoo that says, ‘Fort Worth I Love You.’”
“It seems like that song has a novel appeal,” he said. “They used to make coffee mugs, t-shirts, and hats that had that on it. I was flattered that they would think enough of that song to make souvenirs out of it.”
Castleman’s only taste of solo Billboard success came in 1975, with the ditty “Judy Mae.” The record went gold, but Castleman never had another hit as a performer. He doesn’t mind being a one-hit-wonder. “I think I’m in good company,” he said, “because look at Francis Scott Key.”
Castleman wrote and produced another hit in 1977, Meri Wilson’s “Telephone Man,” which also went gold. The album of the same name was released on his own label, BNA records, which he eventually sold to BMG in 1992. He has written songs for Lyle Lovett, George Hamilton IV, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, as well as Denver, The Monkees, Murphey, and dozens of other artists, and he also has written for movies and television shows. He has played in recording sessions for a list of artists that reads like a Nashville social directory and includes Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and David Allan Coe. And he also is known for inventing the Bigsby Palm Pedal, a device that allows traditional guitar players to mimic the sounds of a steel guitar.
Still, Castleman’s passion is performing live. He is now touring with renowned drummer Lois Hess. The two are currently on the last leg of a short Texas tour. “I’d rather play live than eat when I’m hungry,”
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Induction into Hall of Fame
Boomer Castleman was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on 6/10/09 for his unique contribution to the guitar specifically and to music in general.
Partial Song List
Heartaches by the Number Smoke That Cigarette Workin’ Man blues Ain’t No Sunshine Gee Betty G Crazy Arms/The Other Woman Chuck Berry Tribute Tired of Hurtin’ Me Since I Fell for You Nightlife Funny How Time Slips Away Elvis Medley Just Because Always Get Lucky with You King of the Road Sweet Dreams Please Release Me Right or Wrong Goodtime Charlie Rollin…Sweet Baby’s Arms Crying/Pretty Woman Chet Atkins Tribute Rocky Top Big 3 Tribute Way to Survive All of Me Cherokee On the Road Again Dock of the Bay Make it Thru the Night Momma Tried Proud Mary Window…South Chrystal Chandeliers Call Me by My Name You Don’t Know Me Margaritaville Cold-Hearted Woman Highway 40 Blues 70’s Rock Medley Today I Started Lovin’ You Again Honky Tonk Woman Hummingbird Stay Here & Drink I Remember You Old Time Rock Born to Boogie My Girl Low Places Keep Your Hands to Yourself Liza Jane Danny Boy/Yesterday La Grange Roly Poly Never Say Never Are You Lonesome Tonight Kansas City Fender Bender Desperado Crazy Stay Oh,Donna Rose of San Antone Johnny Cash Medley Everything…Glitters Sleazy Motel Marty Robbins Smile O.B.S. Hank Garland Medley 14 Carat Mind Love me Tender Sweet Home Alabama Amos Moses Mr. Me Misses You Heck of a Woman Memphis,TN Honky Tonk Only Make Believe What Made Sally Go Maniac Jerry Lee Medley Reach Out Surf Medley Last Date/Sleepwalk Promised Land Legend in my Time The Fireman Right Here Waiting Fly Me to the Moon Shadow of Your Smile Swingin’ Doors Together Again Blue Suede Shoes
For bookings, Call Boomer Castleman at (615) 948-1009