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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - method to my madness [2015]
Der großartige Bluesrock-Veteran und exzellente Gitarrist Tommy Castro legt mit seiner baumstarken, aktuellen Formation, den Painkillers, den Nachfolger zu seinem letztjährigen, famosen "The devil you know" vor und zeigt eindrucksvoll, in welch blendender Verfassung er und seine Jungs nach wie vor aufspielen. Bestens groovender, funky, classic, soulful Blues und Bluesrock, umgesetzt in exzellentem Songmaterial. Sehr inspiriert! Klasse Album!

Die Produktbeschreibung im Original:

Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He and his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch. “My main objective when making a new album,” says Castro, “is to do something different from before. I’ve always been a blues guy; it’s what I’m meant to do. But I’m always listening and reacting to what’s going on in the outside world, experimenting with my guitar tone and my songwriting approach to constantly keep my music fresh. In the end, though, my brand is on every song.” Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro And The Painkillers at their very best. It is instantly a career-defining highlight in a lifetime full of them. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems Common Ground and Shine A Light to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad Died And Gone To Heaven, Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of Got A Lot and the atmospheric, autobiographical Ride to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit I’m Qualified and the emotional cover of B.B. King’s Bad Luck, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun. After spending his 20s gigging around in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands, Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s before forming The Tommy Castro Band in 1991. He released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig and hit the road hard, picking up new fans everywhere he went. 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. Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer and winning four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer took first place in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition. Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup and leaving his tight horn section behind. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released The Devil You Know in 2014, winning over hordes of new fans. Castro stripped his music down to its raw essence with the band hammering their point home on the bandstand. Jambands declared, “Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” Now, with Method To My Madness, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are ready to unleash their new songs on music fans everywhere. “With the new album,” Castro says, “I was trying to get back to my basic ingredients: blues and soul. I went for the energy of connecting with my band. We kept everything raw, capturing the feeling of playing live. I’m not about being perfect,” he says, summing up. “I’m about being real.” Clearly that is the method to his madness.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Common Ground - 4:14
2. Shine A Light - 4:34
3. Method To My Madness - 3:14
4. Died And Gone To Heaven - 5:02
5. Got A Lot - 3:50
6. No Such Luck - 4:23
7. Two Hearts - 3:40
8. I'm Qualified - 3:10
9. Ride - 4:40
10. Lose Lose - 5:17
11. All About The Cash - 4:31
12. Bad Luck - 3:27

Art-Nr.: 9005
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Common ground
Shine a light
Method to my madness
Died and gone to heaven
Got a lot
No such luck
Two hearts
All about the cash

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - stompin' ground [2017]
Bluesman Tommy Castro und seine großartigen Painkillers mit einem prächtigen, neuen Album! "Stompin' ground" bringt uns wunderbaren, klassischen soulful Bluesrock, Rockin' Blues und Soul-Blues, dessen Wurzeln im Grenzgebiet von Kalifornien und Mexiko, genauer gesagt in San Jose, wo Castro zu dieser Zeit lebte, in der Ära der Hippie-Kultur der späten Sechziger und Siebziger Jahre liegen. Es war der "soulful" Sound der "Mexican Americans". Wir hören packende Songs, hinreissende Grooves, tolle Melodien, sowie exzellentes Gitarrenspiel und großartigen Gesang von Castro, der sich mit seinen Painkillers in absoluter Top-Form präsentiert. Und dieser herrliche Soul in den Stücken - eine Wonne! Tracks wie das nostalgisch, dynamisch rockende "Blues all around me", die begnadet groovende, balladeske traumhaft melodische Soul-Nummer "My old neighborhood", der dreckige, fast schon ein wenig Richtung ZZ Top daher kommende, einen tollen Drive aufbauende Rockin' Blues-Boogie "Enough is enough", der kochende Hi-Energy-Shuffle "Rock bottom" (Gast ist hier Gitarrenhexer Mike Zito, der sich zusammen mit Castro prächtige Lead Gitarren-Duelle liefert, dazu starkes, hintergründiges Piano-Geklimper), die dynamische Retro Soul-Nummer "Soul shake" im Duett mit Danielle Nicole (ex Trampled Under Foot), sowie das brodelnde "Them changes" sind nur einige stellvertretende Beispiele für ein bestechend starkes Album von Tommy Castro und seinen Painkillers. Hier lodert das Blues- und Soul-Feuer lichterloh. Beeindruckend stark!

Hier ein U.S.-Statement zu diesem Album im Original-Wortlaut:

Swaggering, razor-wire gospel-tinged soul, simmering deep blues and hard-grooving house rockers (AllMusic. com). Gritty, funky, rocking and original (Boston Globe). Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf – his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes – the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal toured through the area, and Castro was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. Over the course of his career, Tommy Castro’s San Jose DNA has always inspired his music, whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or the funkiest soul grooves. He and The Painkillers – bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown – have played hundreds of shows to thousands of music lovers, always leaving his audiences screaming for more. All of his albums are filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each song showing a slightly different side of Castro’s multifaceted musical personality. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” On his new album, Stompin’ Ground, Tommy Castro opens windows both into his past and his always-evolving musical future. Produced by Castro and guitar wunderkind Kid Andersen and recorded at Andersen’s soon-to-be legendary Greaseland Studio in San Jose, Stompin’ Ground finds Castro letting loose on a set of 12 tracks featuring six originals and new versions of songs he learned and played as a young up-and-comer. He is simultaneously looking back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, while forging a forward trail with modern lyrics atop blistering blues-rock. With The Painkillers firing on all cylinders behind him, Castro lays it all on the line from the opening notes of Nonchalant to the final, introspective Live Every Day. From the autobiographical My Old Neighborhood to the socially aware Enough Is Enough and Fear is The Enemy to versions of Elvin Bishop’s Rock Bottom and Taj Majal’s Further On Down The Road (two of his favorite songs from his earliest heroes), Stompin’ Ground is pure musical pleasure. “As soon as we started cutting,” Castro says, “we knew we were onto something.” In addition to the The Painkillers, Castro’s friends Charlie Musselwhite (harp and vocals on Live Every Day), Mike Zito (guitar and vocals on Rock Bottom), Danielle Nicole (vocals on Soul Shake) and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo (guitar and vocals on Them Changes) add their talents to Stompin’ Ground. “I heard each one of my friends’ contributions on these songs in my head as I was working on them. Happily, when I reached out and actually asked, everyone said yes.”

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Nonchalant - 3:55
2. Blues All Around Me - 3:42
3. Fear Is The Enemy - 3:34
4. My Old Neighborhood - 5:42
5. Enough Is Enough - 3:52
6. Love Is - 4:40
7. Rock Bottom - 4:30
8. Soul Shake - 3:59
9. Further On Down The Road - 4:17
10. Them Changes - 4:47
11.Sticks And Stones - 3:07
12. Live Every Day - 4:28

Art-Nr.: 9518
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Nonchalant
Blues all around me
My old neighborhood
Enough is enough
Rock bottom
Soul shake
Them changes

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - the devil you know [2014]
Blues-/Bluesrock-Veteran Tommy Castro und seine großartige neue Truppe The Painkillers mit einem saustarken, neuen Album. Eine tolle Contemporary Blues-/Bluesrock-"Tour de force" in einem herrlich rauen, dabei exzellent produzierten Ambiente. Ganz starkes Songmaterial! Viele swampige Bezüge! Tolle muikalische Gäste. u. a. Joe Bonamassa (lead guitar) auf einem Track! Enthält eine blendende, groovebde Coverversion von Wet Willie's "Keep on smilin'"! Castro & seine Freunde in Hochform!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The Devil You Know Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - 4:22
2. Second Mind - 3:24
3. I'm Tired - 4:02
4. Center of Attention - 3:12
5. The Whale Have Swallowed Me - 3:41
6. When I Cross The Mississippi - 3:55
7. Mojo Hannah - 3:38
8. Two Steps Forward - 4:07
9. She Wanted To Give It To Me - 3:45
10. Keep On Smilin' - 6:03
11. Medicine Woman - 3:56
12. That's All I Got - 3:41
13. Greedy - 4:17

Art-Nr.: 8440
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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The devil you know
I'm tired
The whale have swallowed me
When I cross the Mississippi
Two steps forward
She wanted to give it to me
That's all I got

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