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Painkiller [Tommy Castro]

  • 1. Love Don't Care
    2. I'm Not Broken
    3. Painkiller
    4. Big Sister's Radio
    5. Good Fool Is Hard to Find, A
    6. Err on the Side of Love
    7. I Roll When I Rock
    8. If You Believe (In What You Do)
    9. It's That Time Again
    10. Goin' Down South
    11. Lonesome and Then Some
    12. It Ain't Easy Bein' Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5111

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Porter
    EngineerJustin Vorrelli; Steve Savage

    Personnel: Tommy Castro (vocals, guitar); Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar); Angela Strehli (vocals); Keith Crossan (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Tom Poole (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tony Stead (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Teresa James (piano, background vocals); Chris Sandoval (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Bonnie Hayes (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: John Porter.
    Recording information: Laughing Tiger, San Rafael, CA.
    Photographer: Eddie Lee Ebony.
    Tommy Castro has long been a disciple of both Stax/Volt-era R&B and the electric blues of the Texas and Chicago schools, and on PAINKILLER he synthesizes those influences perfectly. Whether on the Wilson Pickett-esque "I'm Not Broken," the classic rock boogie of "I Roll When I Rock," or straight-ahead blues such as the cover of Albert Collins's "A Good Fool is Hard to Find" (which features guest Coco Montoya), PAINKILLER is full of hard-driving, horn-sweetened, electric guitar-fueled barnburners. Castro's stinging leads are featured throughout, but what most impresses is the overall musical punch packed throughout this blast of blues and soul.

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.49) - "In addition to assertive guitar and forceful songwriting, Castro supplies husky and gritty lead vocals."
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