Painkiller

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Tommy Castro's sixth release for the Blind Pig label, Painkiller, picks up where his 2003 set, Soul Shaker, left off. This time around, producer John Porter -- who has worked with Santana, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy -- positions Castro's Delbert McClinton/Southside Johnny vocal grit in front of a punchy horn section and rounds out the date with a few guest artists. Unlike many similar modern blues projects of good intentions but lackluster performances, the combinations on Painkiller never sound forced. In particular, the Albert Collins track, "A Good Fool Is Hard to Find," has Coco Montoya and Castro trading vocal jabs and guitar riffs, and Angela Strehli's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Tommy Castro's sixth release for the Blind Pig label, Painkiller, picks up where his 2003 set, Soul Shaker, left off. This time around, producer John Porter -- who has worked with Santana, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy -- positions Castro's Delbert McClinton/Southside Johnny vocal grit in front of a punchy horn section and rounds out the date with a few guest artists. Unlike many similar modern blues projects of good intentions but lackluster performances, the combinations on Painkiller never sound forced. In particular, the Albert Collins track, "A Good Fool Is Hard to Find," has Coco Montoya and Castro trading vocal jabs and guitar riffs, and Angela Strehli's passionate vocal on Freddie King's "If You Believe (In What You Do)" is likewise another highlight of this overall triumphant rock 'n' soul album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148511125
  • Catalog Number: 5111
  • Sales rank: 59,363

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Castro Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bonnie Hayes Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Keith Crossan Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Teresa James Piano, Background Vocals
Coco Montoya Guitar, Vocals
Tom Poole Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Chris Sandoval Drums, Group Member
Angela Strehli Vocals
Randy McDonald Bass, Group Member
Tony Stead Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Freddie King Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Jimmy Hall Composer
Bonnie Hayes Composer
Stephen Bruton Composer
Tommy Castro Composer
Keith Crossan Horn Arrangements
Gary Nicholson Composer
Tom Poole Horn Arrangements
John Porter Producer
Steve Savage Engineer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Kevin Bowe Composer
Mike Schermer Composer
Linda Bacon Cover Art
Justin Vorrelli Engineer, Intern
Keith Crossman Horn Arrangements
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