San Jose, California born and raised US blues guitarist/vocalist Castro was initially inspired by Clapton, Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield. His first major band was "The Dynatones", but he broke away to record and perform under his own name in the early nineties and released his debut album, "No Foolin" in 1993. He immediately gained a reputation as one of the hottest blues players around and has one a number of awards. He's released a total of five albums to date, his latest being "Live at the Fillmore". His band is currently working as the house band on NBC's Comedy Showcase, airing after Saturday Night Live, which can only do his reputation the world of good. With everyone from industry insiders to legends such as B.B.King singing his praises, Castro appears to be headed for bigger and better things. Look out for this chap's albums - they're very good! 
  
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Biography by Cub Koda
According to all the press and hype and hoopla, Tommy Castro is pegged as the next big star of the blues. Long a favorite among Bay Area music fans, Castro — in the space of two album releases — has taken his music around the world and back again with a sheaf of praise from critics and old-time blues musicians alike. His music is a combination of soul-inflected rockers with the occasional slow blues or shuffle thrown into the mix to keep it honest. His vocals are laidback and always a hair behind the beat, while his scorching guitar tone is Stevie Ray Stratocaster-approved. Crossover success does not seem out of the question.

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Castro started playing guitar at the tender age of ten. Initially inspired by Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton and Elvin Bishop, he started the inevitable journey into the roots of his heroes and discovered and quickly became enamored of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Freddie King. His vocal styling came from constant listening to Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and Otis Redding. After playing with numerous Bay Area groups honing his chops, he landed a gig playing guitar for the San Francisco band the Dynatones, who were then signed to Warner Brothers. The two-year stint augured well for Castro, playing to the biggest crowds he had seen up to that point and backing artists as diverse as Carla Thomas and Albert King.

Returning to San Francisco, Castro formed his own group and released his first self-produced album in 1993, No Foolin', on the dime-sized Saloon label. That same year also saw him winning the Bay Area Music Award for best club band, an honor he duplicated the following year. Currently working as the house band on NBC's Comedy Showcase, airing after Saturday Night Live, should only boost his visibility and name value. In 1997, he won "Bammies" for "Outstanding Blues Musician" and for "Outstanding Blues Album" for his debut release on Blind Pig Records, Exception to the Rule. Also in 1997 Castro and his band began a three year stint working as the house band on NBC's Comedy Showcase, which aired after Saturday Night Live. Live at the Fillmore was released in early 2000, and with everyone from industry insiders to B.B. King singing his praises, Castro appeared to be headed for bigger and better things. It was not to be however, as in 2001 he left Blind Pig Records and recorded Guilty of Love for the small 33rd Street label. Blind Pig closed the books on their association with Castro in 2002 by releasing the career retrospective The Essential Tommy Castro. Gratitude appeared from Heart and Soul in 2003, followed by Triple Trouble (with Jimmy Hall and Lloyd Jones) later that same year from Telarc. 2005 saw Castro return to the Blind Pig label for the release of Soul Shaker. 

 

 

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Tommy Castro - 1994 - No Foolin' - 3.5/5

Tommy Castro - 1995 - Exception to the Rule - 3/5

Tommy Castro - 1997 - Can't Keep a Good Man Down - 4/5

Tommy Castro - 1999 - Right as Rain - 4/5

Tommy Castro - 2000 - Live at the Fillmore - 3/5

Tommy Castro - 2001 - Guilty of Love - 3/5

Tommy Castro - 2003 - Gratitude - 3/5

Tommy Castro - 2003 - Triple Trouble - 2/5

Tommy Castro - 2005 - Soul Shaker - 3.5/5

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