Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

Agent: Tom Gold

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“The Californian’s latest album [Method To My Madness] represents a high-water mark in his career. Indomitable spirit informs his songs about optimism in dark times or the role of luck in romantic matters – he is offering some of his catchiest original material ever.” – DownBeat

“Phenomenal and funky…soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –Washington Post

“Funky Southern soul, big city blues and classic rock…silvery guitar licks that simultaneously sound familiar and fresh.”  –San Francisco Chronicle

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 passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. In the words of Blues Revue, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”

Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each one standing alone. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and leave critics searching for new words of praise. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” Now, with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch.

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“My main objective when making a new album,” says Castro, “is to do something different from before. I’ve always been a blues guy; it’s what I’m meant to do. But I’m always listening and reacting to what’s going on in the outside world, experimenting with my guitar tone and my songwriting approach to constantly keep my music fresh. In the end, though, my brand is on every song.” Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro And The Painkillers at their very best. It is instantly a career-defining highlight in a lifetime full of them. The album was recorded at Laughing Tiger Studio in San Rafael, California and produced by Castro (his first time at the helm) using no recording studio wizardry, just the unadulterated sound of the band. Castro’s songs—he wrote or co-wrote 10 of 12 tracks—are raw, raucous and rocking. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems Common Ground and Shine A Light to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad Died And Gone To Heaven, Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of Got A Lot and the atmospheric, autobiographical Ride to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit I’m Qualified and the emotional cover of B.B. King’s Bad Luck, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun.

Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He fell under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players. As he got older, Castro discovered the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and the deep-rooted soul of singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.

Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s before forming The Tommy Castro Band in 1991. He released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig and hit the road hard, picking up new fans everywhere he went. In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records, as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label.

Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer to massive acclaim. He won four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer took first place in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition. His next release, 2011’s Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue–Live! was a fiery collection of the highlights from a series of live performances anchored by Castro and an all-star collection of nationally recognized blues musicians, including Rick Estrin, Michael “Iron Man” Burks and Joe Louis Walker. His road-dog approach—gig after gig—has won him loyal fans everywhere he plays.

Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup and leaving his tight horn section behind. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released The Devil You Know in 2014, winning over hordes of new fans. Castro stripped his music down to its raw essence with the band hammering their point home on the bandstand. Jambands declared, “Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.”

Now, with Method To My Madness, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are ready to unleash their new songs on music fans everywhere. “With the new album,” Castro says, “I was trying to get back to my basic ingredients: blues and soul. I went for the energy of connecting with my band. We kept everything raw, capturing the feeling of playing live. I’m not about being perfect,” he says, summing up. “I’m about being real.” Clearly that is the method to his madness.

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Tommy Castro and The Painkillers Downloads:

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers on Tour:

Date City Location Venue

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

FREMONT

CA

SMOKING PIG BBQ COMPANY

Sat, 18 Mar 2017

VALLEJO

CA

EMPRESS THEATRE

Thu, 23 Mar 2017

LAHAINA

HI

UNCLE WILLIE K'S BBQ BLUESFEST

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

LAHAINA

HI

UNCLE WILLIE K'S BBQ BLUESFEST

Sat, 25 Mar 2017

LAHAINA

HI

UNCLE WILLIE K'S BBQ BLUESFEST

Fri, 31 Mar 2017

NICASIO

CA

RANCHO NICASIO

Sat, 1 Apr 2017

NICASIO

CA

RANCHO NICASIO

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

AUBURN HILLS

MI

CALLAHAN'S- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Fri, 21 Apr 2017

KALAMAZOO

MI

KALAMAZOO STATE THEATRE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Sat, 22 Apr 2017

AJAX

CANADA

MUSIC BY THE BAY LIVE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Sun, 23 Apr 2017

BUFFALO

NY

TRALF MUSIC HALL- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

SYRACUSE

NY

FUNK N WAFFLES- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Wed, 26 Apr 2017

ALBANY

NY

THE UPPER ROOM- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

COLLINSVILLE

CT

BRIDGE STREET LIVE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Fri, 28 Apr 2017

HYANNIS

MA

NEW ENGLAND BLUES SUMMIT- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Sat, 29 Apr 2017

NATICK

MA

THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN NATICK

Sun, 30 Apr 2017

BEACON

NY

TOWNE CRIER- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Tue, 2 May 2017

TEANECK

NJ

MEXICALI LIVE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Wed, 3 May 2017

TUCKERTON

NJ

LIZZIE ROSE MUSIC ROOM- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Thu, 4 May 2017

SELLERSVILLE

PA

SELLERSVILLE THEATER- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Fri, 5 May 2017

WYOMISSIN

PA

BUILDING 24 LIVE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Sat, 6 May 2017

ANNAPOLIS

MD

RAM'S HEAD ON STAGE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Sun, 7 May 2017

SANTA CLARITA

CA

BBQ & BEER FESTIVAL

Mon, 8 May 2017

WORTHINGTON

OH

NATALIE'S COL FIRED PIZZA AND LIVE MUSIC- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Tue, 9 May 2017

NEWPORT

KY

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Wed, 10 May 2017

NASHVILLE

TN

CITY WINERY NASHVILLE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Thu, 11 May 2017

ST LOUIS

MO

OLD ROCK HOUSE- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Fri, 12 May 2017

COLUMBIA

MO

ROSE MUSIC HALL- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Sat, 13 May 2017

KANSAS CITY

MO

KNUCKLEHEADS- Tommy Castro & Mike Zito, Six Strings Down

Fri, 9 Jun 2017

PIERCY

CA

REDWOOD RUN

Sun, 11 Jun 2017

SANTA CRUZ

CA

MOE'S ALLEY

Sat, 17 Jun 2017

RENO

NV

ELDORADO BBQ BREWS AND BLUES FESTIVAL

Sat, 22 Jul 2017

ST PAUL

MN

LOWERTOWN FUNK & BLUES FESTIVAL

Sun, 23 Jul 2017

LAKE NEBAGAMON

WI

PRIVATE FUNCTION

Sat, 23 Sep 2017

FOLSOM

CA

FOLSOM LIVE

Sat, 21 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Sun, 22 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Mon, 23 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Tue, 24 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Wed, 25 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Thu, 26 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Fri, 27 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Sat, 28 Oct 2017

FT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE

Sat, 28 Oct 2017

BOCA RATON

FL

THE FUNKY BUSCUIT