by Tommy Castro


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2007
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148511125
catalogNumber: 5111
Rank: 113819

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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