With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, multiple Blues Music Award-winner Tommy Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.
With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, multiple Blues Music Award-winner Tommy Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.
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The Devil You Know [Vinyl]
Artist: Tommy Castro
Format: Vinyl
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1. The Devil You Know
2. Second Mind
3. I M Tired
4. Center of Attention
5. The Whale Have Swallowed Me
6. When I Cross the Mississippi
7. Mojo Hannah
8. Two Steps Forward
9. She Wanted to Give It to Me
10. Keep on Smilin
11. Medicine Woman

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With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, multiple Blues Music Award-winner Tommy Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.

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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, recorded in the Bay Area with his fiery new band The Painkillers and produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, is a contemporary blues tour-de-force. The album is an untamed, high-energy set of 13 songs, including nine written or co-written by Castro.

''For the new album I challenged myself to add different sounds and new rhythms to my style while remaining true to my roots. I wrote using ideas for songs and ideas for sounds together in a way I'd never done before,'' explains Castro, ''using drum rhythms to drive the lyrics.'' The tracks melodic and biting, energetic and fun are brought to life with sonic authority by bassist Randy McDonald (from the original Tommy Castro Band), keyboardist James Pace and original Painkillers drummer Byron Cage.

In addition, many of Castro's friends and admirers, including Alligator label-mates Marcia Ball and The Holmes Brothers, add their talents to the proceedings. Other guests include guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Mark Karan, guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit, vocalists Samantha Fish and Tasha Taylor and harmonica player Magic Dick. Each song comes loaded with emotional depth and muscular hooks courtesy of Castro's soulful singing, insightful lyrics and dynamic, potent guitar playing. With THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, Castro - The Painkillers blazing behind him - unleashes an instant classic. According to Blurt, ''Castro is one of the greatest blues guitarists, songwriters and entertainers in the world today.''

Castro views the harder-edged sound of The Painkillers as a natural extension of the music he's been making since he was a teenager. ''The Painkillers really get me back to my roots. It feels to me a lot more like it did when I first started playing with my friends as a kid. Bands were always just three or four guys playing for the fun of it,'' Castro recalls. Now, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are pushing his music to another level.

''A lot of folks are having hard times these days,'' Castro says, ''and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain.'' With THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, Castro, along with The Painkillers, will unquestionably be easing pain, lifting spirits and filling dance floors the same way he's been doing for decades only now he's packing an even more feral punch.

Tommy Castro

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