Tommy Castro and The Painkillers - Legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his 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. Castro’s current 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 them one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today.
Tommy knew the time was right to answer his fans’ demands for a live album. Killin’ It–Live captures 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–Live was 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. It’s a nonstop, spirited mix of blues, rock and soul, with rollicking, hypnotic grooves fueled by Castro’s fervent vocals.
Tommy Castro Guitar and Vocals
Randy McDonald Bass and Background Vocals
Bowen Brown Drums
Mike Emerson Keyboards
Recorded at Daryl’s House. Pawling, NY, Bellly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA, Biscuits and Blues, San Francisco, CA, Wildwood Amphitheatre, Lake Orion, MI and Antone’s, Austin, TX
Produced by Tommy Castro and Ron Alan Cohen
Mixed by Ron Alan Cohen at RA Music Studio, Mill Valley CA
Mastered by Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at the Boiler Room, Chicago, IL
Photos by Jayson Carpenter,
Packaging Design by Kevin Niemiec
Executive Producer: Bruce Iglauer
Booking: Tom Gold at Concerted Efforts, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 969-0810