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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)


  • Fri

    Oct 16

    Napa, CA, US | 4:00pm

    Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Doors: October 16, 2015 7:00 pmSpecial Guest: Mark Karan of RatDog $40/30/20 Age: 12+ (under 16 with adult) Opening for Tommy Castro is Mark Karan, of RatDog and joining Tommy is Napas own Shauna Marshall of Nuclear BlondeWebsite * FacebookIm 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. Its an exciting time. Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues and will be performing at Uptown Theatre Napa this summer on Friday, October 16th. Tommy will be sharing his turbo-charged Alligator Records album, The Devil You Know, where Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.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 Tommys voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released the 45rpm single Greedy. Greedy quickly became one of Castros most-requested songs. An attention-grabbing video for Greedy has already received over 150,000 views on YouTube. The Chicago Sun-Times calls his music fiery and soul-drenched.Castro views the harder-edged sound of The Painkillers as a natural extension of the music hes been making since he was a teenager. The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it, Castro recalls. Now, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are pushing the music to another level.

  • Fri

    Oct 16

  • Sat

    Oct 17

    San Francisco, CA, US | 5:30pm

    Two Shows: 7:30pm & 10pm

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  • Sat

    Oct 17

    San Francisco, CA, US | 7:30pm
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  • Thu

    Oct 22

    New Smyrna Beach, FL, US | 9:00pm
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  • Six String Woody (Artist)
    Six String Woody
    Mr Blues Man ~ I heard you talking ~~ great stuff !
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    Dead End Lane
    Great songs and love the cover art!!!
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    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//
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    Angels of Fear
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  • Photo by Victoria Smith


Label: Alligator Records

Bio: Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely pass...See Full Bio

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“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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