TOMMY CASTRO plays rockin’, blues-infused R&B music fired by his razor-sharp guitar work and urgent vocals. In 18 years and eight releases, he has built a huge live following and amassed over 220,000 Soundscans, with his last release, 2007’s Painkiller, currently over 27,000. HARD BELIEVER is Castro’s Alligator debut and with the label’s extensive promotional efforts behind him for the first time, he’s sure to reach new levels of popularity.
Castro won the 2008 Blues Music Award (the Grammy of the Blues) for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and is renowned for his dynamic live performances. He’s also one of the hardest-touring artists in music, playing over 150 dates a year across the U.S. and around the world including recent dates in Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Belgium and France.
Over the years, Tommy Castro has earned continuing raves from the press (e.g. Playboy, Guitar, Guitar One, Guitar Player, Blues Revue, Living Blues, Soul Bag, Blues Matters). He has a mainstream appeal few blues/roots acts can claim.
Castro has been a mainstay on blues, rock and roots radio for years and Hard Believer has what it takes to keep the airplay coming.
Hard Believer is produced by John Porter (Los Lonely Boys, Santana, Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello) and shows just how much heart and soul an album can hold. Whether burning up a frisky rocker or steaming through a soulful ballad, Castro stokes the intensity with stinging guitar and gritty singing. Songs include six typically sharp Castro originals along with some tasty covers, including Wilson Pickett’s “99 1/2 (Won’t Do)” and Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody.”
Tommy Castro – “Hard Believer”
CD | Alligator Records | Street Date: August 11th, 2009
01. Definition Of Insanity 3:40
02. It Is What It Is 4:11
03. Hard Believer 4:11
04. Monkey’s Paradise 4:29
05. Ninety-Nine And One Half 3:42
06. Backup Plan 4:32
07. Gotta Serve Somebody 4:56
08. Trimmin’ Fat 4:10
09. Make It Back To Memphis 4:34
10. Victims Of The Darkness 3:40
11. My Babe 4:06
12. The Trouble With Soul 3:33
Tommy Castro, Vocals and Lead Guitar
Keith Crossan, Tenor and Baritone Sax, Background Vocals
Tom Poole, Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Valve Trombone
Scott Sutherland, Bass
Ronnie Smith, Drums
Tony Stead, Keyboards
Lennie Castro, Percussion
Tal Morris, Rhythm Guitar
John Porter, Rhythm Guitar and Slide Guitar
Amber Morris, Background Vocal
Produced by John Porter
Website Tommy Castro : www.tommycastro.com