2005 – present (12 years)
In April 2005, Cassino was birthed from the remnants of the two principle songwriters of the Alabama rock group Northstar…an inevitably organic genesis that came to light through a creative bond that existed for numerous years between Nick Torres and Tyler Odom. They began recording their first album in 2006 with Nashville-based producer/drummer Craig Krampf, known for his work with artists including Dolly Parton, Alabama, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Perry and Melissa Etheridge. While the duo says that the record doesn’t have a specifically Nashville sound, the city did become prevalent in the making of their debut record “Sounds of Salvation,” both as a new environment to inspire songwriting, and in the cast of characters brought in by Krampf. “Salvation” was soon blessed by the contributions of E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent and legendary saxophonist Jim Horn.
Released independently on March 29, 2007, “Sounds of Salvation” is the fruit of this blending of various states and sounds.
After some sporadic touring (and eventually a full U.S. tour), Cassino settled down and started working on another full length record. The album is entitled "Kingprince", and was recorded by the band themselves. It was released digitally on December 9, 2009, with a physical release following on January 25, 2010.
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