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Louie Nicastro
('temporary' Wurzel 2005-2006)

Louie Nicrastro is better known for his production and sound engineering work. He recorded and produced the album Suite XVI for The Stranglers, three singles for Tina Cousins as well albums and singles for The Wurzels. He is part of Sil Wilcox's Cruisin' Music Management company, and first came to the attention of Wurzels fans when he was given songwriting credits on the Come On Santa! single in 2001. No production/sound engineering credits are printed on the sleeve of the single, but I suspect it was also Louie at the controls. Louie has been producer and sound engineer on all subsequent albums and singles since. As well as being a star behind the desk, he is also no mean musician and was credited with 'additional instruments' on Never Mind the Bullocks and A Taste Of The West.

And if all this is not enough for his inclusion as band member, in November 2005 - when Tommy Banner was rushed into hospital with prostate cancer - it was Louie who took up the baton and allowed The Wurzels to fulfill their live commitments. Although he is no accordion player, Louie nevertheless covered the instrument on keyboards, as well as providing cover on backing vocals. Hhe appears to have declined to 'uncover' in Tommy place, so there was no stripping on stage while Tomy's absence! Louie appeared at all The Wurzels gigs over the winter of 2005 and into the spring of 2006 until Tommy recovered enough to take his place back with the band.

Wurzel Discography

Louie has his own website at which is very pretty, if rather information-lite!

There is also an interview with him here: Podcast Going Solo 005 - More Producer Chat featuring Louie Nicastro on The Stranglers, Tina Cousins and Camel plugins. "another pro producer gassing about recording techniques and studio secrets."

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