Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music.
It all began in late 2000 when Rick and Mark del Castillo decided to put together an album of Latin/Flamenco-style songs for their parents and friends in their hometown of Brownsville, Texas. The brothers, who had always played electric guitar in separate rock bands, had never played together and for the first time ever they began collaborating on songs on acoustic guitars.
Their good friend, vocalist/guitarist Alex Ruiz, began adding lyrics to the brothers' instrumentals, and soon after, the other band members joined them. After receiving positive and encouraging responses from everyone who heard the songs they created together, the project began to evolve into a real band. Del Castillo was born!
Brotherhood, the band's third CD, was released in the Spring of 2006 and it was immediately acclaimed by the media across the board. Billboard Magazine said, "…Whether Del Castillo works in Spanish or English, it rocks righteously…They pull together Latin music's romance and rock's grit." At SXSW 2007, Brotherhood won "Album of the Year" at the 2006/2007 Austin Music Awards.
The band continues to tour throughout the country, thriving on performing live and building new audiences, and songwriting and recording are a priority during breaks in their tour schedule.