In an age when reality shows churn out talentless stars like “The Situation” and Trishelle Cannatella, “American Idol” has always made it a habit of finding and backing winners. Even the losers turn out to be winners. Take Jason Castro, for example, who’s anything but a loser. The charmingly chill and oft-sandaled hippie stole the hearts of the judges and audiences during the seventh season of “Idol” (his rendition of “Hallelujah” brought the house down) where he finished in third-place, and is back with a self-titled debut album.
I spoke to the 22-year-old Texan briefly about “Idol,” being idle from the music scene, and his dreads. Continue reading