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Tommy Castro

Tommy Castro

Blues / Rock San Rafael, CA  US
The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know
Wake Up Call
Wake Up Call
Definition of Insanity
Definition of Insanity
It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is


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    The Devil You Know Released on Jan 21, 2014
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    Greedy - Single Released on Jan 15, 2013
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    Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue - Live! Released on Jun 7, 2011
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    Hard Believer Released on Aug 11, 2009


"The Devil You Know" Live From The Bing Lounge (4/1/2014)


  • Sat

    Apr 18

    Nicasio, CA, US | 8:00pm
  • Sun

    Apr 26

    San Francisco, CA, US | 5:30pm

    “I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro. “The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds It’s an exciting time.” Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, The Devil You Know, Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career. The Devil You Know, recorded in the Bay Area with his fiery new band The Painkillers and produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, is a contemporary blues tour-de-force. The album is an untamed, high-energy set of 13 songs, including nine written or co-written by Castro. “For the new album I challenged myself to add different sounds and new rhythms to my style while remaining true to my roots. I wrote using ideas for songs and ideas for sounds together in a way I’d never done before,” explains Castro, “using drum rhythms to drive the lyrics.” The tracks—melodic and biting, energetic and fun—are brought to life with sonic authority by bassist Randy McDonald (from the original Tommy Castro Band), keyboardist James Pace and original Painkillers drummer Byron Cage. In addition, many of Castro’s friends and admirers, including Alligator label-mates Marcia Ball and The Holmes Brothers, add their talents to the proceedings. Other guests include guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Mark Karan, guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit, vocalists Samantha Fish and Tasha Taylor and harmonica player Magic Dick. Each song comes loaded with emotional depth and muscular hooks courtesy of Castro’s soulful singing, insightful lyrics and dynamic, potent guitar playing. WithThe Devil You Know, Castro—The Painkillers blazing behind him—unleashes an instant classic. According to Blurt, “Castro is one of the greatest blues guitarists, songwriters and entertainers in the world today.” After years of playing guitar-driven blues and R&B backed by a tight horn section, Castro introduced The Painkillers live in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup, with the drum chair now held by David Tucker. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released the 45rpm singleGreedy / That’s All I Got later that year (both songs are included as bonus tracks on the new CD). Greedy quickly became one of Castro’s most-requested songs. An attention-grabbing video for Greedyhas already received over 150,000 views on YouTube. The Chicago Sun-Timescalls his music “fiery and soul-drenched.”

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    May 15

    Bay Shore, NY, US | 8:00pm
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  • Sat

    May 16

    Annapolis, MD, US | 12:00pm

    Tickets:www.BayBlues.org Line-up: Saturday, May 16th 7:00 pm - Gregg Allman 5:20 pm - Beth Hart 4:00 pm - Bobby Rush 2:45 pm - Tommy Castro and the Painkillers 1:30 pm - Davy Knowles 12:10 pm - Sisterhood of Soul - With: Patty Reese, Lisa Lim, Little Margie Clark, Sylver Logan Clark, Justine Miller, Heather Haze & Leigh Pilzer 11:00 am - The Marcus King Band ​Sunday, May 17th 7:10 pm - Buddy Guy w/ Special Guest Quinn Sullivan 5:30 pm - Jonny Lang 4:05 pm - Charlie Musselwhite 2:45 pm - Shemekia Copeland 1:30 pm - Mingo Fishtrap 12:10 pm - Jarekus Singleton 11:00 am - Chesapeake Bay Blues Band - with: Dean Rosenthal, Mark Wenner, Pete Ragusa, Tommy Lepson, Jan Zukowski & Robert Frohm

  • Sat

    May 16

    Annapolis, MD, US | 8:00pm


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  • Dead End Lane (Artist)
    Dead End Lane
    Great songs and love the cover art!!!
  • www.hotmix106.com RADIO STATION (Artist)
    GREAT TUNES! Consider this if you need a little boost. Promote, promote, promote! Remember this golden thought. “If you are not out there promoting your music, someon...
  • Rufaro (Artist)
    I can DiG! Im Hoping to gain ARTIST like YOU,as fans of mine.We all cook w/the same ingredients A-G#, come sample my recipe. Bring a bib;) and lets Rock & RoLL \\m//
  • Angels of Fear (Artist)
    Angels of Fear
    Love you music !
  • ADDIE (Artist)
    Hey Tommy, smokin' as always.. sound great. ADDIE
  • Mike Glendinning (Artist)
    Mike Glendinning
    This is some great music.


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Label: Alligator Records

Bio: The Devil You Know, recorded in the Bay Area with his fiery new band The Painkillers and produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, is a contemporary blues tour-de-force. The album is an untamed, high-energy set of 13 songs, including nine written or co-written by Castro. “For the new album I challenge...See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: Tommy Castro has a show on 04/18/2015 at 08:00 PM @ Rancho Nicasio in Nicasio, CA http://t.co/4jRb71aVwc #concert


“Tommy Castro and The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.”

— Jambands.com

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