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Tommy Castro has been quietly earning his reputation as a blazing contemporary blues guitarist for some time now, and is finally coming into his own. He has been recognized for several years now by the Blues Music Awards, and his Alligator Records release “Hard Believer,” has been received with much approval. Joining Alligator Records is a new high point in Castro’s career. “I feel that in signing with Alligator I’m making a major step forward. I’m excited about the new release and grateful for the opportunity to record for a label with such a rich history in blues and American roots music. Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10

Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Oliver Lake, Amir ElSaffar & Tommy Castro

Read "Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Oliver Lake, Amir ElSaffar & Tommy Castro" reviewed by Martin Longley

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley (le) Poisson Rouge April 3, 2019 Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley enjoy an ongoing duo performance situation, in a forum where the elder composer places the emphasis on spontaneous improvisation, impromptu sonic texturing and intimate musical dialogue. Catching him in this setting, it's ...

Method to My Madness

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Common Ground; Shine a Light; Method to My Madness; Died and Gone to Heaven; Got a Lot; No Such Luck; Two Hearts; I'm Qualified; Ride; Lose Lose; All About the Cash; Bad Luck.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers: Method to My Madness

Read "Method to My Madness" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Few have epitomized the workingman nature of the blues as much as Tommy Castro. A popular staple of blues festivals and cruises, and steadily in demand since he issued his debut in 1994, Castro nevertheless has always somewhat resided in the second tier of blues artists: Popular, well-liked, kept working steadily, but not considered one of ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

23rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival: Ready to Rumble August 12th - 14th in Duluth, Minnesota

The Bayfront Blues Festival is one of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest. Each year nearly 20,000 fans come to Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park to listen to the who's who of the blues and blues/rock world. Downtown Duluth, Minnesota is where Bayfront Park is situated right on the beautiful harbor of the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Blues/Roots Guitarist & Vocalist Tommy Castro to Perform in Sellersville

Blues/Roots Guitarist & Vocalist Tommy Castro to Perform in Sellersville

"Tommy Castro can do no wrong...soulful, heartfelt vocals, and exquisite, stellar guitar work. A seamless blend of blues, gospel-flavored R&B, soul and roadhouse rock." —Blues Revue Blues/roots guitarist and vocalist Tommy Castro will perform at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Castro will be performing songs from his Alligator Records debut, Hard ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Tommy Castro Collects Four Blues Music Awards

Tommy Castro Collects Four Blues Music Awards

Singer-guitarist Tommy Castro scooped up four Blues Music Awards at the non-profit Blues Foundation's annual ceremony, held in Memphis on Thursday. During the Cook Convention Center fete, journeyman Castro received the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, and also took home honors for band of the year, best contemporary blues male artist and best contemporary ...

Triple Trouble

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Sometimes; If That Ain't Love; Be Careful With A Fool; Love Will; Help; Whole Lotta Soul; Good Good Lovin'; Raised In The Country; Mammer Jammer; Midnight To Daylight; Cold Funk.


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