“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar" – The Washington Post
"An inspired blend of high-energy blues, R&B and roadhouse rock…soulful, celebratory vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar” —Blues Revue
Over the course of his career, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Tommy Castro – a six-time Blues Music Award-winner – has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans. Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers -- bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown -- plays music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof. With seemingly telepathic musicianship, the Painkillers bring an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. Delivering the songs from his brand new Alligator release, Stompin’ Ground, Castro both looks back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, melding contemporary lyrics with blistering blues-rock. No Depression says, “Castro plays gritty, string bending blues like a runaway soul train…a glorious blend that rocks the soul and lifts the spirits.”
Listen to Tommy Castro and the Painkillers here: https://soundcloud.com/alligator-recs/sets/tc-stompin-ground/s-HBcM2
7th Heaven formed when drummer, Billy Hoke and vocalist, Cass Clayton began to fantasize about a band that would have the creative freedom to blend rock, country, blues and American classics into something new. As some of their favorite musicians were drawn to the project, a unique sound began to come together that can only be described as hard-hitting rock, country-ish, bluesy, voodoo funk magic. Just kidding, but it is a little hard to describe the alchemy that happens when they come together with their various influences. The combination of two phenomenal lead guitar players (Michael Reese and Eddie Turner), powerhouse vocals and harmonies, soulful slide guitar, funky bass (Loren Phillips), and kicking' drums makes for a band in its own unique genre.