Tommy Castro 
& the painkillers

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With apologies to the late James Brown, Tommy Castro might be the guy most deserving of “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” award.


Over the past 25 years, he has regularly played 200 shows a year, recorded 16 albums, was the host musician for a TV show and been a headline act on every Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise twice a year for the past 20 years.

So imagine what life was like when COVID-19 told Tommy Castro & the Painkillers that they wouldn’t be playing for the foreseeable future.


“We really didn’t quite know what to do with ourselves,” says Randy McDonald, a bassist who signed up for the band when Castro started it in the early 1990s.  “Performing music is what we do.”


Fortunately, the band’s latest CD is Killin’ It Live, a collection of the band’s favorite songs played before live audiences.  The CD immediately secured a Blues Music Award nomination for Blues Album of the Year.


Previously, the band has been won BMA honors as Band of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the year, while Castro has been honored as Contemporary Males Blues Artist of the Year and twice as the B.B. King  Entertainer of the Year, the genre’s highest accolade.

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