The Blue Note Presents
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
The Mojo Roots
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
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 limitededition, 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.
Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his
late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Franciscoarea blues and soul bands.
Castro joined Warner Brothers artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s. The much-loved rocking soul band had a huge fan base and toured the U.S. constantly. He honed his chops with the band on the road for two years, performing live all across the country and sharing stages with major artists like Carla Thomas and Albert King. He formed The Tommy Castro Band in 1991 and won the Bay Area Music Award for Best Club Band in both 1993 and 1994. With his local fan base quickly expanding, he released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig. He began touring nationally with his band, picking up new fans everywhere he went. The album won the 1997 Bay Area Music Award for Outstanding Blues Album, and Castro also took the award for
Outstanding Blues Musician that same year.
In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records as well as one on
his own Heart And Soul label. In 2001 and 2002 the legendary B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. Castro received an open invitation to join the King Of The Blues on stage for the nightly finale.
Castro’s 2009 Alligator debut, HARD BELIEVER, was anchored by his deeply emotional vocal delivery, powerful guitar work and driving rhythms. On the strength of the album and subsequent touring, Castro won four 2010 Blues Music Awards including, for
the second time in his career, the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). He took first place in the blues category of The 2012 International Songwriting Competition for his song, (co-written with Bonnie Hayes), Hard Believer.
In 2011, Castro, the honorary Captain of The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises (a bi-annual week-long cruise where nationally recognized blues stars come together to perform and mingle with fans on the open seas of the Pacific and the Caribbean), released TOMMY CASTRO PRESENTS THE LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES REVUELIVE! on Alligator. The album is a fiery collection of the highest highlights from a series of live performances both aboard the ship and on land. In addition to Castro’s stellar fretwork and blue-eyed soul vocals, the album
features Alligator Records label-mates Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin, Janiva Magness and Michael “Iron Man” Burks, along with Debbie Davies, Theodis Ealey, Sista Monica and Trampled Under Foot.
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will release their full-length debut CD in 2013. Until then, these roadhouse road warriors will continue to bring their crowdpleasing, 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.
THE PAINKILLERS ARE:
Randy McDonald was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1959 and grew up in San Diego. He learned bass at an early age, becoming a first call, in-demand musician by his late teens. McDonald’s influences range from straightahead jazz to hard rock, blues, and soul music. When he joined The Dynatones—the nationally touring, six-piece blue-eyed soul band—it was a perfect fit.
During his tenure with the group, McDonald befriended
Dynatones guitarist Tommy Castro. Not long after leaving the band in 1991, McDonald got a call from Castro, who was putting together the first incarnation of The Tommy Castro Band. McDonald appeared on seven Castro albums and toured the world, helping the band to become one of the most celebrated groups performing anywhere. McDonald left the band in 2007 before returning to join The Painkillers in 2012. “Randy has
been with me from the beginning as a major contributor to the music we were playing,” recalls Castro. “Randy was a big part of the Tommy Castro sound. It’s great to have him back.”
Anthony Byron Cage was born in Syracuse, NY in 1984. He grew up heavily influenced by gospel and jazz music, and was especially inspired by watching his family members play instruments in church. Playing drums professionally since 2004, Cage has toured internationally with Jason Ricci & New Blood and Nick Moss, and has drummed for a number of local
Syracuse and national acts since 2009. Since joining The Painkillers, Cage has taken his talent to his largest audience yet. “Tommy Castro is a great mentor and friend,” says Cage. “I’ve grown so much as a player and a person from working with him.”
James Pace was born in Roanoke, VA in 1978. He
began playing piano by ear at age three. A proficient
pianist, he fell in love with the Hammond B3 organ at
age 22, touring with the jam band Rebus before playing
with Blind Pig recording artist Harper. In 2008, Pace
joined blues guitarist Ana Popovic’s band, and spent
three years performing with her around the world. He
has played on over 30 albums and has shared stages
with blues legends including B.B. King, Buddy Guy,
Robert Cray, Los Lobos, and Janiva Magness. Pace is
thrilled to be playing with Tommy. “I am blessed to play
the music I love with incredible friends,” he says, “for
the greatest fans on earth.”
The Mojo Roots
If you think there's nothing new and exciting coming out of the blues genre, you haven't heard The Mojo Roots. With performances that turn on a dime from a driving, hard-hitting shuffle to an aching, tear-dripping slow blues, the Mojo Roots brand of soul-soaked blues is captivating audiences in their home state of Missouri and beyond.
Fronting the band on harp and vocals, Jordan Thomas loses himself in every song---with incredible results. Thomas's passionate vocals and fiery harp-playing truly set The Mojo Roots apart. And when off the harp, his rhythm guitar work fills just the right niche. On the lead guitar, Trevor ''T.J.'' Judkins is quickly winning accolades as an incredibly virtuosic young guitarist, with a rich, studied tone and a patient economy of playing that is all too rare. Bassist Jim Rush, a stalwart Midwest blues performer for over three decades, sets the groove with bright, punchy bass lines. And as an accomplished front man in his own right, Rush also shares the microphone on some tunes. Paired with drummer Andy Naugle's clean and controlled backbeat, steeped in the great Chicago tradition, Rush and Naugle form an unshakeable rhythm foundation for this blues tour-de-force.
Having earned a spot at 2013 International Blues Challenge on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, The Mojo Roots are poised to take their place on the national stage. Their new 2013 album release, What Kind of Fool, is already gaining widespread attention for its soul-soaked sound and powerful songwriting. If there was ever a doubt about the future of the genre, rest assured: The Mojo Roots are striking just the right balance between preserving and further developing the blues.
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