Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Killin' It Live Record Release Tour

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Killin' It Live Record Release Tour

Kevin Burt (Blues Music Award Nominee – Best Emerging Artist Album)

Fri · April 19, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

This show is G.A.

Seating is limited and first come first serve

Tables are meant to be shared


Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Killin' It Live Record Release Tour
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Killin' It Live Record Release Tour
"Castro’s aggressive, inspired attack on vocals and guitar is phenomenal." –Washington Post"Tommy Castro & The Painkillers showcase the power of the blues, soul and down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll...rousing and infectious. This is energizing, scorching, soul-shaking music....pure pleasure." –Living Blues"Tommy Castro is a soulful singer and stinging guitarist...gritty, funky, and rocking." –Boston Globe"Pure, funky, old-school soul...Castro lays stinging guitar lines around his throat-searing vocals." –No DepressionWhether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows. Castro’s band, The Painkillers—bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson—have now been playing together over four years. After hundreds of live shows, they have coalesced into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled, making themone of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today. Billboardsays the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”With the group seemingly hitting new heights with every performance, Castro knew thetime was right to answer his fans’ demands for a live album. Killin’ It–Livecaptures the band at the peak of their creative and improvisational powers, and features one unforgettable, unpredictable performance after another. “This is the best band we’ve ever had,” says Castro. We really got something going on beyond just being good musicians. Every song we play live now has that right feel—all the dynamics. It allows us to jam out more on stage. Killin’ It–Live is what you hear when you see us live.” Featuring songs from throughout Castro’s career, Killin’ It–Livewas produced by Castro and engineer/songwriter Ron Alan Cohen and recorded at venues in Texas, New York, Michigan and California during 2018. The album includes eight Castro originals spanning his entire career and two Castro-ized covers, each showing a slightly different side of his multifaceted musical personality. From fan favorites She Wanted To Give It To Meand Make It Back To Memphisto newer classics like Lose Loseand Two Heartsto Taj Mahal’s arrangement of Sleepy John Estes’ Leaving Trunk(a song Castro has never recorded before but has been playing live for years), Killin’ It–Liveis a nonstop, spirited mix of blues, rock and soul, with rollicking, hypnotic grooves fueled by Castro’s animated, fervent vocals. Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He fell
under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Mike Bloomfield and other blues-rockers. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike and Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop to Taj Mahal, toured through the area, and Castro was at every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from his Mexican friends’ lowriders, Tommy started to create his own personal sound and style. He honed his guitar skills and intense vocals, learning how to capture an audience as he performed on San Jose’s highly competitive bar scene. As his reputation spread, Tommy played in a variety of Bay Area blues and soul bands, soon making a name for himself as a hotter-than-hot live artist bursting at the seams with talent. In 1985, he was recruited to become lead singer and guitarist for the regionally popular blues band NiteCry, gigging regularly throughout Northern California. Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s, performing all over the country. He formed the first Tommy Castro Band in 1991, releasing his debut album in 1996 on the Blind Pig label. In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase(airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro recorded a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records, as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label. Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believerto massive acclaim. He won four of his six career Blues Music Awards, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His next release, 2011’s Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue–Live!, was a boisterous and searing collection of highlights from a series of live performances anchored by Castro and an all-star collection of blues giants, including Rick Estrin, Michael “Iron Man” Burks and Joe Louis Walker. His relentless road-dog approach—gig after gig, night after night—has won him loyal, lifelong fans everywhere he plays. The Washington Postsays Castro is “phenomenal and funky” with “soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” Castro formed the first incarnation of The Painkillers in 2012, and by 2014 (with Brown and Emerson taking over drums and keys respectively) they had become a lean, mean four-piece lineup, delivering soul-shaking, muscular music. The current band released Method To My Madnessin 2015 and Stompin' Groundin 2017, with critics shouting praise and admirers cheering the group’s every move. Castro had stripped his music down to its raw essence with the new, smaller band, creating a larger than life sound.Blues Revuesaid simply, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”Live on stage, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ road-hardened musicianship brings an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. The San Francisco Chronicledescribes Castro’s music as, “funky Southern soul, big city blues and classic rock...silvery guitar licks that simultaneously sound familiar and fresh.” No Depressionsays “Castro plays gritty, string-bending blues like a runaway soul train...a glorious blend that
rocks the soul and lifts the spirits.” Killin’ It–Livecaptures the live power and raw passion of Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. It’s the next best thing to being there.
Kevin Burt (Blues Music Award Nominee – Best Emerging Artist Album)
Kevin  Burt (Blues Music Award Nominee – Best Emerging Artist Album)
“Burt is a serious songwriter who knows how to craft music to fit his personality, and no one deliver this brand of music better than he does. After listening to Heartland and Soul, one should have no problem seeing why he took all the top honors at the blues competition – this guy is a real winner.” – Living Blues

“In this day and age where celebrity status is often conveyed on people with little discernible skills or talent, it is refreshing when the spotlight finally lands on someone who has worked hard, paid their dues, and actually deserves recognition for their talent. Such is the case with Kevin “B.F.” Burt,” the singer and multi-instrumentalist who created quite a buzz on Beale St. in Memphis during the first three days of this year’s International Blues Challenge, winning 3 awards !! – 1st place in the Solo/Duo category, the Cigar Box Guitar Award for best guitarist in Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for best harmonica player!” —Mark Thompson, BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

The Iowa based Burt’s vocals are absolutely amazing – extremely powerful, rich, warm, expressive and exploding with soul. Another killer sounding album recorded at Kid Andersen’s famed GREASELAND Studios in San Jose’, CA, with a golden touch from guitarist/producer Kid and producer/keyboard master/Little Village Foundation’s Jim Pugh.

The all-star band features an incredible rhythm section with D’Mar Martin on drums, Jon Otis (Johnny Otis’ son!) on percussion, and the bassist to the stars, Jerry Jemmott! Grammy award winning Jemmott is a true living legend, playing on so many timeless soul, blues, & jazz classics, from B.B. King’s “Thrill Is Gone” to Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” to Aretha Franklin’s “Think”- be sure to check out Jerry’s unbelievably rich and varied eye-popping discography.

These are all outstanding Kevin Burt original roots/blues recordings, save for a really cool stripped-down but intense cover of “Eleanor Rigby” that the charismatic Burt makes all his own like all true artists do. His award-winning blues harp playing is featured throughout, highlights include the “Wake Up, Baby” and the catchy, upbeat standout opener, “Real Love.” And “Smack Dab In The Middle” starts off with a down and dirty Delta blues feel with harp and slide guitar, and then segues into a monster funk soul groove. Be sure to check out the ultra-funky “I’ve Been Watching You” and “Day Day,” along with his seductive plea to his lady “Never.” This beautiful sounding record will now show the world why this rising star dominated the 2018 International Blues Challenge competition!
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024