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Tommy CastroAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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“Irresistible contemporary blues-rock…street-level grit and soul” –Billboard

“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –The Washington Post

“Tommy Castro and The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” –

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tommy is one of the most popular and creative roots artists to emerge in recent years. Teamed here with esteemed produce John Porter (Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Santana, B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Buddy Guy), Tommy has crafted a killer collection of new tunes in his signature rock 'n' soul style. 'The blues is in good hands. This is the person who has the voice, the sound, and the right intentions to touch everybody's hear.' Carlos Santana.

Is Tommy Castro a soul man in a blues rocker's body, or vice versa? He doesn't seem to care--and neither should we, when the results of that dichotomy are as frisky and enjoyable as Painkiller. A better-than-average singer and guitarist, Castro has been hampered in the past by inconsistent material and the sense that he hadn't quite come to grips with his love of the Stax and Chess catalogs. Bringing in other songwriters has vastly improved the material on this collection, with eight original tunes co-written by Castro and veteran tunesmiths such as Gary Nicholson, Stephen Bruton, Bonnie Hayes, and Jimmy Hall. Castro sounds loose and comfortable hammering into riff-rockers such as "Love Don't Care" and Stones-styled material on the order of "I Roll When I Rock," both augmented by a horn section that adds dollops of R&B to the proceedings. Coco Montoya duets and adds typically sizzling guitar on a rollicking cover of Albert Collins's "A Good Fool Is Hard to Find," and Angela Strehli ups the heat for a soul-drenched take on Freddie King's "If You Believe (In What You Do)." Castro shifts into Tyrone Davis mode on "It's That Time Again," credited as an original but almost a rewrite of Davis's signature "Can I Change My Mind." The Al Green/Hi sound of "Lonesome and Then Some" brings out the best in Castro's Delbert McClinton-inflected vocals, and burns when he tears into a taut lead-guitar line. Call him a soul-drenched blues rocker if you must, but on Painkiller Tommy Castro successfully finds the sweet spot between his various influences and balances them like the pro he is. --Hal Horowitz

Customer Reviews

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps getting better! February 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I swear, since Tommy Castro and his band signed to Blind Pig they have actually gotten better. This is another superb release. He sounds good with horns and they are very prominent on this CD. It is more soul than blues, which suits me fine as that is his strong point. Good songs, good special guests, a tight band; this Cd has it all. Just as when you see him live, this music just makes you feel good!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painkiller - Tommy Castro March 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had a chance to see Tommy perform at a local venue, he played a couple of songs from this album that sounded great. At the time the cd was not available in stores, just his website, which was autographed if bought from the website. Anyhow, after hearing the couple of songs live, I bought the cd and loved it. I'm glad to see the cd is doing well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TC to date March 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really think Tommy Castro has arrived as one of the best on the Blues scene today. Pain Killer is clearly his best effort to date. Most notably one should notice the work of Keith Crossan And Tom Poole (The Healthy Horns).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love it! March 2, 2007
By Babs
Format:Audio CD
FANTASTIC! All the songs on this CD are great. My my favorite was Sisters Radio. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickin'!! June 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Tommy's best. Alot of Delbert influence in his music on this CD. Great blend of horns and blues guitar. I've enjoyed Tommy's music for some time now, stumbling across a performance of his when I was in San Diego in 1998. His music has improved and this CD has provided the goods for me to turn more ears here on the east coast. Not a bad song on this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Tommy Castro October 18, 2007
By Lynne
Format:Audio CD
The Tommy Castro Band is one of the greatest live blues act you will ever see and hear. His soul and style comes through loud and clear on Painkiller. He just gets better and better. Buy,listen ENJOY!!!!!!
The louder...the better!!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid blues,soul/ funk, rock n roll too June 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tommy Castro plays and sings from the heart . He is supported by a great band, producers and management. check out his web site ,it is great. check out this cd and you will feel no pain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars On time,as advertised
Good songs,some memorable guitar work!
Probably my second favorite behind The Essential Tommy Castro.
Adding to my collection of Tommy Castro.
Published 5 months ago by Chopper Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Boppin the bues in the 2000's, use "Painkiller" as medicine
Painkiller does the same in the 2000's as Carl Perkins Boppin' the Blues in the 50's: "Well, the doctor told me, Carl you need no pills.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by KajS
4.0 out of 5 stars Heard it through the Facebook vine.
Facebook gives me a chance to talk to musicans. Debbie Davies kept going on about this cat-Tommy Castro.So I picked out this album, and it's a good one. Read more
Published on July 3, 2011 by drsplash
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Castro music
If you like Castro I think you'll like the CD. Good sounding blues. Painkiller is really good. I wish there were more horns though.
Published on February 28, 2009 by Brian D. Tomcik
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Castro is My Painkiller
Tommy and the band does not disappoint on this album. They sound better than ever and sound even better live. Read more
Published on December 18, 2008 by Amy Hedin
4.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Castro - Kill Your Pain With Soul Inflected Blues
Tommy Castro has been a staple on the American blues circuit for well over a decade now and has carved out a loyal following. Read more
Published on September 11, 2008 by Steven Sly
2.0 out of 5 stars Peaked too soon?
I'm sorry, but Tommy Castro will probably never better his first album, Exception to the Rule. I was deeply disappointed after the exit of original drummer Shad Harris, but Castro... Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by D. Cross
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