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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

"Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar" - The Washington Post

"An inspired blend of high-energy blues, R&B and roadhouse rock...soulful, celebratory vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar" --Blues Revue

Over the course of his career, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Tommy Castro - a six-time Blues Music Award-winner - has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans. Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers -- bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown -- plays music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof. With seemingly telepathic musicianship, the Painkillers bring an unmatched passion to Castro's blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. Delivering the songs from his brand new Alligator release, Stompin' Ground, Castro both looks back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, melding contemporary lyrics with blistering blues-rock. No Depression says, "Castro plays gritty, string bending blues like a runaway soul train...a glorious blend that rocks the soul and lifts the spirits."

Ronnie Baker Brooks

On the first day recording Times Have Changed - the eleven-track album from Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks that brings a sound so big it could topple a Louisiana juke joint - industry-revered album producer and drummer Steve Jordan told Brooks to put his pedal board back in the van. For the first time in his professional life, Brooks, the son of Texas and Chicago blues legend Lonnie "Guitar Jr." Brooks, would plug a Gibson into TKTK amp and rip it straight from there.

"Back to the basics. The pedals get in the way of your tone - your natural tone. Any distortion I had came straight out of the amp." Brooks remembers from the Times sessions. "It was almost like going to college, or grad school. It was definitely an education."

The experience Brooks is talking about is that which came together over the course of a few weeks at Royal Studios in Memphis, the home of Al Green, Syl Johnson and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Jordan and Brooks brought in a mint press of Memphis music royalty: Stax Records staple Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave), Archie Turner (Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright), jazz saxophonist Lannie McMillan, and R&B icon Angie Stone. For several tracks, Brooks also enlisted brothers Teenie (guitar), Charles (organ) and Leroy Hodges (bass) of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, which served as the house band for hit soul albums by artists like Al Green and Ann Peebles. "We used the same mics that Al Green used on his record", says Brooks. "Matter of fact, we were using much of the same band! It kind of took that vibe." The first track recorded was a cover of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly hit Give Me Your Love. The second, Twine Time, the instrumental jam from Alvin Cash.

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TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
Stompin' Ground
Record Release Tour
+ RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
October 10, 2017
Showtime @ 7:30pm
Doors Open @ 6pm
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