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  • Stompin' Ground (Pre-Order) Stompin' Ground (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Stompin' Ground (Pre-Order)

    Over the course of his career, Tommy Castro has always been inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Tommy's home turf-his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counterculture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes-the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy's own sound was born.

    Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal toured through the area, and Tommy was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ's, where he often jammed, honing his chops and dreaming of one day busting out. Tommy Castro has long since gone from that local bar to stages around the world, but his San Jose DNA still infuses his music to this day. You can hear it in every note of Stompin' Ground.

    -Marc Lipkin

    1. Nonchalant
    2. Blues All Around Me
    3. Fear Is The Enemy
    4. My Old Neighborhood
    5. Enough Is Enough
    6. Love
    7. Rock Bottom
    8. Soul Shake
    9. Further On Down The Raod
    10. Them Changes
    11. Sticks And Stones
    12. Live Every Day
    Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
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    Method To My Madness

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    On 2014's The Devil You Know, California bluesman Tommy Castro pared his band back to a quartet called the Painkillers and returned his guitar playing and singing to the forefront of his attack. Though the album was chock-full of guest stars, its arrangements were largely uncluttered - no horns, strings, or other gimmickry. Method to My Madness strips back the veneer even further. The tightrope of energy, grit, and inspiration on display in these 12 tunes - ten originals and two excellent covers - are usually reserved for live shows. For the first time, Castro has produced an album by himself. Recorded at Ari Rios' Laughing Tiger Studio in San Francisco, he and the Painkillers - bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson, and drummer Bowen Brown - cut the music live from the floor with minimal overdubs.


    Much has been made of Castro's vocal style being influenced by the singers from the vintage Stax/Volt era. While that's somewhat true, Method to My Madness reveals, perhaps for the first time, an even deeper debt to funky soul and country-blues singer Delbert McClinton. Common Ground is a swaggering gospel-tinged soul blues. The melody and choral refrain nod at Sly Stone, but Castro lets his McClinton flag fly with a gritty delivery atop a cracking snare and driving Wurlitzer groove.


    Shine a Light is dirtier; it's a razor-wire, rocking soul-blues with double-timed drumming, bumping bassline, and killer slide guitar and B-3 work, with great backing vocals from Rios and Amber Morris adding gospel fuel to the fire. The title track is a wrangling guitar-driven boogie, where funky rock meets the 12-bar blues head on. Castro testifies in his delivery, leaving no room for doubt about his intentions and attitude. While Lose Lose is a simmering Stormy Monday-esque deep blues, its proceeding tune, Died and Gone to Heaven, is a swelling, souled-out, rousing, gospel-tinged love song.

    1. Common Ground
    2. Shine A Light
    3. Method To My Madness
    4. Died And Gone To Heaven
    5. Got A Lot
    6. No Such Luck
    7. Two Hearts
    8. I'm Qualified
    9. Ride
    10. Lose Lose
    11. All About The Cash
    12. Bad Luck
    Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
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    The Devil You Know (Awaiting Repress)


    180 Gram Red Colored Vinyl


    His infectious, high-octane mixture of rock, blues and soul has
    made Tommy Castro one of blues and roots music's most popular
    artists, earning him a great live following and nearly 275,000
    career scans since 1996. His most recent studio release, 2009's
    Hard Believer, has scanned over 27,000 units.


    A two-time winner of the Blues Music Award (the Grammy of the
    Blues) for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, Tommy averages
    over 150 dates a year at clubs, theatres and festivals. Shows
    in support of The Devil You Know begin in the Northeast in late
    January and will take Tommy and The Painkillers throughout the
    U.S. Alligator publicity, radio and social media will be advancing
    his dates, setting up interviews and features along the way.


    Over the years, Tommy Castro has earned continuing raves
    from national publications (Playboy, Billboard, Mojo, Guitar
    Player, Blues Revue, Living Blues) and regional press around the
    country (San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The
    Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer).


    Hard Believer was a Top 5 add at FMQB Triple A and Alligator
    radio promotion will be aggressively working the format while
    also promoting the new release to over 600 commercial and
    non-commercial blues specialty shows nationwide.


    The Devil You Know is the first full-length album to feature Tommy's
    stripped-down, fired-up new band, The Painkillers. Songs include
    sharp new originals and fresh new versions of songs by J.B.
    Lenoir, Andre Williams, Jimmy Hall and Savoy Brown's Chris
    Youlden. A lineup of great guest artists includes Marcia Ball, Tab
    Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, The Holmes Brothers and Magic Dick.

    1. The Devil You Know
    2. Second Mind
    3. I'm Tired
    4. Center Of Attention
    5. The Whale Have Swallowed Me
    6. When I Cross The Mississippi
    7. Mojo Hannah
    8. Two Steps Forward
    9. She Wanted To Give It To Me
    10. Keep On Smilin'
    111. Medicine Woman
    Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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