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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Relix.Com Premieres Tommy Castro And The Painkillers' "The Devil You Know"



ALBUM SET FOR JANUARY 21 RELEASE will premiere award-winning guitarist/ vocalist/ songwriter Tommy Castro's turbo-charged new album THE DEVIL YOU KNOW beginning Monday, January 6. The full-album stream will remain available through the album's January 21 release date, and can be heard here.

Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his eyes and ears firmly on the future, Castro has stripped his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career. "I'm always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas," says Castro. "The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It's an exciting time."

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, recorded in the Bay Area with his fiery new band The Painkillers and produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, is a contemporary blues tour-de-force. The album is an untamed, high-energy set of 13 songs, including nine written or co-written by Castro. "For the new album I challenged myself to add different sounds and new rhythms to my style while remaining true to my roots. I wrote using ideas for songs and ideas for sounds together in a way I'd never done before," explains Castro, "using drum rhythms to drive the lyrics." The tracks -- melodic and biting, energetic and fun -- are brought to life with sonic authority by bassist Randy McDonald (from the original Tommy Castro Band), keyboardist James Pace and original Painkillers drummer Byron Cage.

In addition, many of Castro's friends and admirers, including Alligator label-mates Marcia Ball and The Holmes Brothers, add their talents to the proceedings. Other guests include guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Mark Karan, guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit, vocalists Samantha Fish and Tasha Taylor, and harmonica player Magic Dick. Each song comes loaded with emotional depth and muscular hooks courtesy of Castro's soulful singing, insightful lyrics, and dynamic, potent guitar playing. With THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Castro -- The Painkillers blazing behind him -- unleashes an instant classic. According to Blurt, "Castro is one of the greatest blues guitarists, songwriters and entertainers in the world today."

After years of playing guitar-driven blues and R&B backed by a tight horn section, Castro introduced The Painkillers live in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup, with the drum chair now held by David Tucker. Fueled by Tommy's voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released the 45rpm single Greedy / That's All I Got later that year (both songs are included as bonus tracks on the new CD). Greedy quickly became one of Castro's most-requested songs. An attention-grabbing video for Greedy has already received over 150,000 views on YouTube. The Chicago Sun-Times calls his music "fiery and soul-drenched."

Castro views the harder-edged sound of The Painkillers as a natural extension of the music he's been making since he was a teenager. "The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it," Castro recalls. Now, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are pushing the music to another level.

Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are looking forward to performing songs from THE DEVIL YOU KNOW starting with their January tour dates, and personally connecting with their fans all over the world. "A lot of folks are having hard times these days," Castro says, "and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain." With THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, Castro, along with The Painkillers, will unquestionably be easing pain, lifting spirits and filling dance floors the same way he's been doing for decades - only now he's packing a far more feral punch.

Confirmed tour dates are below:


1/17/2014 Boca Raton FL, Funky Biscuit
1/18/2014 DeLand FL, Café DaVinci
1/19/2014 - 1/26/2014, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
1/30/2014 Teaneck NJ, Mexacali Live
1/31/2014 Bay Shore NY, YMCA Boulton Center
2/1/2014 Somerville MA, Johnny D's Uptown Resturant & Music Club
2/3/2014 Woonsocket RI, Chan's
2/4/2014 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
2/5/2014 Northampton MA, Iron Horse Music Hall
2/6/2014 Sellersville PA, Sellersville Theater
2/7/2014 Falls Church VA, State Theatre
2/8/2014 Annapolis MD, Rams Head On Stage
2/9/2014 Blawnox PA, Moondog's
2/11/2014 Cincinnati OH The Redmoor
2/12/2014 Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
2/13/2014 Auburn Hills MI, Callahan's Music Hall
2/14/204 Berwyn IL, FitzGerald's
2/16/2014 Evanston (Chicago) IL, SPACE
2/19/2014 Galesburg IL, Fat Fish Pub
2/20/2014 Bloomington IL The Castle Theatre
2/21/2014 Milwaukee WI, Shank Hall
2/22/2014 Minneapolis MN, Famous Dave's
2/23/2014 Lincoln NE, The Zoo Bar
2/25/2014 Littleton CO, The Toad Tavern
2/27/2014 Regina SK CANADA, Mid-Winter Blues Festival
2/28/2014 Saskatoon SK CANADA, Mid-Winter Blues Festival
3/7/2014 Modesto CA, State Theatre
3/8/2014 Petaluma CA, Mystic Theatre
3/13/2014 Agoura Hills CA, Canyon Club
3/14/2014 San Juan Capistrano CA, The Coach House
3/15/2014 Solana Beach CA, Belly Up
3/16/2014 Hermosa Beach CA, Saint Rocke
3/21/2014 Sacramento CA, The Assembly
3/22/2014 San Francisco CA, Great American Music Hall
3/27/2014 Chico CA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
3/28/2014 Eureka CA, Redwood Coast Music Festival
4/12/2014 St. Petersburg FL, Tampa Bay Blues Festival
5/8/2014 Austin TX, One World Theater
5/10/2014 San Angelo TX, Simply Texas Blues Festival
5/11/2014 San Antonio TX, Sam's Burger Joint

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