Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
“The hardest thing to do,” says internationally beloved soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro, “is be yourself, take some chances and bring your fans along with you.” Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Since his solo debut in 1994, he’s made 16 albums-the last seven for Alligator-each its own unique chapter in the book of Tommy Castro. Ranging from horn-fueled R&B to piping hot blues to fiery, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, each release is solidly built upon Castro’s unshakable musical foundation-a dynamic mix of 1960s-influenced guitar-fueled blues, testifying Memphis-soaked blue-eyed soul and Latin-tinged East San Jose funk, all driven by Castro’s grab-you-by-the-collar vocals and passionate guitar work. Blues Revue declared, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”
For Castro’s new album, a roots music odyssey entitled Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, he tells a timeless story. A tale of a young man working on his family farm who gets bitten by the blues bug. He masters the guitar and heads out on the road seeking fame and fortune, only to find what he’s left behind is the treasure he’s been looking for. Each memorable song-from the blistering title track to the pleading Child Don’t Go to the hopeful I Caught A Break to the emotional Blues Prisoner-stands on its own, as well as contributing to the larger story.
Opening for Tommy Castro is American Guitarist Angelo J Rossi, aka “AJ Crawdaddy”. Born in Palo Alto, California and a long time Bay Area performing artist, AJ is most well-known for his work with the popular Marin based pop group, Pablo Cruise 1980-1984 which charted multi-platinum albums, A Place In The Sun and Worlds Away producing hits like, A Place In The Sun, Love Will Find A Way, Watcha’ Gonna Do (When She Says Goodbye), Rio, Cool Love and Sip Away. He is a BMI published writer and a voting member of N.A.R.A.S. (Grammy). AJ’s love of music performance is infectious and his presentation of the Blues genre, authentic, energetic and fun for the listener. You can check out his latest releases, ‘Love & War”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Slow Cookin’” and “Vaporized” on http://ajcrawdaddy.bandcamp.com
Doors at 7; show at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $38, $35 & $25