"Painkiller" (Blind Pig Records; 2007)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Tommy Castro is a blues guitar player who is poised to be the next big thing. He is signed to Blind Pig Records and has released six discs so far, and heís taken his music around the world. Heís got a Steve Ray Vaughn-style guitar, and he also slows down his blues rock style and adds horns to give it a personal touch.

His voice is raspy (as many blues players usually are) and itís a natural thing that never sounds forced. He also has a lot of guests involved with this project, which makes it an all-star affair. He covers a B.B. King song titled ďIf You Believe (In What You Do)Ē and an Albert Collins tune to make sure his roots keep his boots to the ground.

Tommy Castroís style of blues has his "smoltry gitfiddle" playing alongside horns and he also has an incredible piano player tickling the ivories on a few songs. 

Itís a more lively blues record than any other I have in my possession, which causes me to spin it a few times a year.

If youíre new to Tommy Castro, then this release is a great place to start enjoying his music. Feel free to back step to his other discs; heís been at this since the late 80s.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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