Friday, April 26, 2013 • Doors 7pm • Show 8pm • $18 Advance • $20 Day of Show • All Ages
Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Tommy Castro has been playing his signature brand of rocking rhythm and blues professionally for over 25 years, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his new, stripped-down, turbo-charged band The Painkillers, Castro has embarked on the next phase of his storied career.
Along with original Tommy Castro Band bassist Randy McDonald, new members Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards, Castro pares his music down to its tough, raw core. Formed in February 2012, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been tearing up the road ever since. “The Painkillers are very soulful and talented musicians with tireless energy that make me feel like I did when I first came on the scene,” says Castro. “A lot of folks are having hard times these days, and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain.”
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ Alligator recording debut is GREEDY / THAT’S ALL I GOT, a limited-edition, Castro-produced two-song 45rpm record pressed on money-green vinyl. The 45 will initially be available beginning November 4 only at Castro’s live performances, but both songs will be available as downloads.
Greedy is a sure-fire anthem for the times. The insightful, biting lyrics expose the hypocrisy of corporate and political greed while the emotional guitar playing and pulsing rhythms drive the message home. That’s All I Got, the infectious, riff-heavy flipside, offers a simple solution to the ills laid out in Greedy: the power of love over money. Castro’s melodic, potent guitar playing and pleading vocals tell the story of the song’s narrator, who may not be rich, but who can offer plenty of love. With The Painkillers blazing behind him, Castro delivers an instant classic.
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will release their full-length debut CD in 2013. Until then, these roadhouse road warriors will continue to bring their crowd-pleasing, dynamic music to fans all around the world. And if GREEDY / THAT’S ALL I GOT is any indication of what the future holds, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will certainly be easing pain, lifting spirits and filling dance floors for a long time to come.