The Devil You Know [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
San Francisco's Tommy Castro has been at this roots and blues-rock thing for some 20 years now, and while at one time he was heralded as the next great guitar slinger, such claims only last until the next guy comes down the line with good tone and flashy technique, and since that seems to happen every other week, it's probably good that Castro brings a whole lot more to the plate than just his guitar playing. There's his voice, for one thing, a soulful and versatile blue-collar growl that sounds like Bob Seger working his way through the Stax/Volt catalog, and he's also turned into a pretty good meat-and-potatoes songwriter, too, although yes, it's his guitar playing that...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
San Francisco's Tommy Castro has been at this roots and blues-rock thing for some 20 years now, and while at one time he was heralded as the next great guitar slinger, such claims only last until the next guy comes down the line with good tone and flashy technique, and since that seems to happen every other week, it's probably good that Castro brings a whole lot more to the plate than just his guitar playing. There's his voice, for one thing, a soulful and versatile blue-collar growl that sounds like Bob Seger working his way through the Stax/Volt catalog, and he's also turned into a pretty good meat-and-potatoes songwriter, too, although yes, it's his guitar playing that keeps the pot boiling. Castro has been using horn sections and larger ensembles on his recent albums, but for this set he relies on his crackerjack new touring band the Pain Killers, comprised of longtime Castro bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Byron Cage, and keyboardist James Pace, and the pared-down band brings a fiery garage energy to everything here, making this one of Castro's finest releases. Although there are also a lot of guest stars making appearances on The Devil You Know (Marcia Ball, the Holmes Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Mark Karan, Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish, Tasha Taylor, and the J. Geils Band's Magic Dick among them), they don't overrun the project, and this is Castro's show all the way, from the soulful, gospel-laced "Second Mind" and "The Whale Have Swallowed Me" through a cover of Wet Willie's "Keep on Smilin'," the bouncing, swinging "Mojo Hannah" (featuring Marcia Ball's piano and vocals), and the powerful "Two Steps Forward" (graced by the Holmes Brothers). Things close out with 2013's single "Greedy," which spotlights what a tight and garage-edged band the Pain Killers are. Yeah, this album is full of the blues, but it's also like a full-charged blue-eyed R&B and soul review, and the new configuration of Castro's band has him fired up and roaring on the Stratocaster with a renewed sharpness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2014
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551495826
  • Catalog Number: 4958
  • Sales rank: 943

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Castro Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Marcia Ball Piano, Vocals
The Holmes Brothers Background Vocals
Mike Finnigan Organ
Bonnie Hayes Background Vocals
Tab Benoit Guitar, Vocals
Joe Bonamassa Guitar
Magic Dick Harmonica
Mike Duke Piano, Vocals
Mark Karan Guitar
Vicki Randle Percussion, Background Vocals
Jimmy Pugh Organ
Byron Cage Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Randy McDonald Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Tasha Taylor Vocals
Leah Tysse Background Vocals
Samantha Fish Vocals
James Pace Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Chris Youlden Composer
Bonnie Hayes Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lewis Ross Composer
Tommy Castro Composer, Producer
Bruce Iglauer Mastering
Joel Jaffe Engineer
Mark Karan Guitar Producer
Narada Michael Walden Composer, Producer
Clarence Paul Composer
Jim Reitzel Engineer
Johnny Lee Schell Engineer
James Hall Composer
Richard Hirsch Composer
Kevin Bowe Composer
Danny Bernini Engineer
Randy McDonald Composer
Michael Trossman Logo
Tal Morris Guitar Producer
Ron Alan Cohen Composer
John Anthony Composer
Collin Jordan Mastering
Barbara Paul Composer
Jack Hall Jr. Composer
Blaine Misner Engineer
Juliette Amoroso Engineer
Erik Schramm Engineer, Guitar Producer
Adam Lichtenauer Engineer
Tom Gold Booking
Craig "Scrojo" Haskell Cover Illustration
Zephire Andre Williams Composer
Terry Wilson Composer
Britt Lundberg Logo
Anthony Byron Cage Composer
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