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“Irresistible contemporary blues-rock…street-level grit and soul” –Billboard

“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –The Washington Post

“Tommy Castro and The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” –Jambands.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Blues Album 28 Nov. 2006
By Steven Sly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was first introduced to Tommy Castro when he played our local blues series here in Kalamazoo a few years ago. Since then I have seen him several times and he always puts on a great show. He has built quite a loyal following here and every time he plays our local 1500 seat theater (which is just about every year) he sells it out. Castro is a very good guitarist and he has a great blues voice. His music tends to incorporate a lot of R & B and soul into his traditional blues sound that provides a fun good time vibe to much of his material. His main foil in his band is saxophonist Keith Crossan who wails on his instrument and often shares lead duties with Tommy's Guitar. This album is a bit less soul oriented than some of his later releases and there is some really tasty stuff to be found on the record. Tommy writes all of the material with the exception of two excellent covers, Leon Russell's "Me And My Guitar", and Buddy Guy's all instrumental "Can't Quit The Blues". Of the Castro originals "Had Enough", "Nasty Habits", "Sho Enough", and especially "How Long Must I Cry" are solid blues workouts. If you are a fan of guitar blues with a bit of R & B and Soul mixed in, check out Tommy Castro.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
SOLID BLUES ROCK 3 May 2000
By Bruce A. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THIS IS TOMMY CASTRO SECOND BEST CD,CAN`T GET A GOOD MAN DOWN BEING THE FIRST.I LIKE THIS CD VERY MUCH.THIS IS GOOD BLUES ROCK WITH A LOT OF GOOD SOLO`S.I DISAGREE WITH ANYONE THAT SAYS THAT TOMMY CASTRO IS NOT A GREAT GUITAR PLAYER.AND WHEN HE PLAYS THE BLUES AND STAYS AWAY FROM TRYING TO PLAY SOULMUSIC LIKE THE LIVE CD,HE`S A GREAT LISTEN.I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
THIS ALBUM ROCKS!!!!! 10 Mar. 2002
By Martin Lemos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
EXCEPTION TO THE RULE by TOMMY CASTRO just rocks. It has a good blend of blues, soul and rock that is totally lacking from most of the music that is popular today. (Can u say N'SYNC or BRITTNEY SPEARS). Tommy has a great soulful voice, and on this album his backing band is top notch. Being from the San Francisco area, I have heard of Tommy for awhile and I can say that I dig his music. HOW LONG MUST I CRY is a slow blues song that Tommy really delivers the goods on. HAD ENOUGH, EXCEPTION TO THE RULE, NASTY HABITS, SHO' ENOUGH are rockin songs that showcase the bands talents as a whole. If you are a fan of the blues and of good music, then I highly recommend this album for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tasty Blues Rock 12 Sept. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Exception to the Rule" is one of my favorite blues/rock CD's that I've purchased in awhile. Tommy has a great, soulful voice that meshes perfectly with each song. I also find his guitar playing to be exceptional. His tone is clean, and his licks are tasty and well-placed. He also knows how to burn up the fretboard when called for, such as on the great original blues tune "How Long Must I Cry". Other favorites with excellent solos are "Nasty Habits" and the cover of "Me and My Guitar". Add to this mix a tight backing band that really knows how to jam and you have all you could want in a blues/rock cd. I'm seeing Tommy with B.B. King and Buddy Guy this weekend. Can't wait to see him live!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Discovery. 9 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Castro can play and sing with the best of 'em. The addition of the saxaphone really takes it to a different, more R nad B level. That element gives his blues and wider range and gives his sound a trademark that seperates him from others. I like my blues a little more on the energetic side rather than the slow-burning side, and he delivers it here.
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