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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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  • Audio CD (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B00GOIKAIY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Devil You KnowTommy Castro & The Painkillers 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Second MindTommy Castro & The Painkillers 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'm TiredTommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Joe Bonamassa 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Center of AttentionTommy Castro & The Painkillers 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Whale Have Swallowed MeTommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Tasha Taylor 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. When I Cross The MississippiTommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Tab Benoit & Mark Karan 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mojo HannahTommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Marcia Ball 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Two Steps ForwardTommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Magic Dick & The Holmes Brothers 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. She Wanted To Give It To MeTommy Castro & The Painkillers 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Keep On Smilin'Tommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Mark Karan 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Medicine WomanTommy Castro & The Painkillers feat. Samantha Fish 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. That's All I GotTommy Castro & The Painkillers 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. GreedyTommy Castro & The Painkillers 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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His infectious, high-octane mixture of rock, blues and soul have made Tommy Castro one of blues and roots music's most popular artists, earning him a great live following and nearly 275,000 career sales since 1996. His most recent studio release, 2009's 'Hard Believer', has sold over 31,000 units worldwide 'The Devil You Know' is the first album to feature Tommy's stripped-down, fired-up new band, The Painkillers. Songs include nine originals and new versions of songs by J.B. Lenoir, Andre Williams, Jimmy Hall and Savoy Brown's Chris Youlden. A lineup of outstanding guest artists includes Joe Bonamassa, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, The Holmes Brothers and Magic Dick. As a bonus, the CD includes two tracks previously released only on a 2013 vinyl 45: "Greedy" and "That's All I Got." A two-time winner of the Blues Music Award (the Grammy of the Blues) for B.B. King Entertainer of The Year, Tommy averages over 150 dates a year at clubs, theatres and festivals. Shows in support of 'The Devil You Know' begin in late January and will take Tommy and The Painkillers throughout the U.S., Canada and around the world. Tommy Castro Guitars and Vocals Randy McDonald Bass and Vocals Byron Cage Drums and Vocals James Pace Keyboards and Vocals

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2014
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I really liked Tommy's last studio record 2009's `Hard believer' which was rocking soul with a big brass section and for me much better than his usual straight blues material. This new record with a slimmed-down backing band, the Painkillers, is very different - much more rock blues, albeit soulful rock blues. However, the band are very good with the rhythm section of Randy McDonald and Byron Cage driving everything beautifully and James Pace on keyboards being outstanding on both organ and piano. There are lots of guests including the Holmes Brothers, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Magic Dick, Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish and Mark Karan but Tommy is always out in front with his strong vocals and powerful guitar playing. To be honest I had trouble hearing the Holmes Brothers on "Two steps forward" but it was nice to hear Magic Dick on harp. I hadn't heard the old Savoy Brown number "I'm tired" for years then Bettye Lavette covered it recently and the song pops up here again with Mr. Bonamassa helping out. My favourite tracks were probably the opener `The devil you know" and "When I cross the Mississippi" with Tab Benoit, but there are lots of good tracks and lots of variety on the album.
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By Maria on 27 Mar. 2014
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I first heard it when we visited a friends house. Ordered it straight away. Great vocals, music and easy listening.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Keeps Getting Better 23 Jan. 2014
By Dave Iac (darupa@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have spun this disk 3 times in its entirety thus far and each time I listen, it gets better. At first, I just couldn't help to think the disk was missing Keith blowing his Sax throughout. I'm not certain, but I think this may be TC's first album without Keith. Once I gave it a second spin and got over no Keith, I started appreciating what was included instead of what wasn't. What you'll find is Tommy playing some of his best and most searing guitar in some time. Heavy keys from James Pace permeate throughout and really do a good job of fitting each song. The guest artists add a nice touch, especially Bonamassa's wailing guitar on I'm Tired and Magic Dick doing his thing on Two Steps Forward. At this point it is hard for me to pick my 3 favorite tunes, but if forced to, I'd go with Center of Attention, When I Cross the Mississippi and That's All I Got. Of course, each time I listen to the entire disk, my favorite tunes seems to change. All in all it is another excellent set of songs by Tommy and the Painkillers (nice to have Randy back in the mix) and I would suspect these songs would translate well in a live set.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Killer Blues Rock from a Legend of the Craft 21 Jan. 2014
By Rockabilly17 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll be the first to admit that I was nervous to hear that Tommy was releasing an album with a "new sound". I've been a fan for years and the concept of losing the sound that I so enjoyed gave me pause. But after listening through The Devil You Know, every bit of worry I had was displaced. This record rocks, adding new elements from some of my favorite current artists without losing anything that made Tommy Castro the musical genius he is. I'm loving this record, the energy and the nuances. Do yourself a favor and listen through it beginning to end with no breaks. It's an experience you'll thank me for later.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tommy and guests rock out 22 Jan. 2014
By G. E. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really liked Tommy's last studio record 2009's `Hard believer' which was rocking soul with a big brass section and for me much better than Tommy's usual straight blues material. This new record with a slimmed-down backing band, the Painkillers, is very different, much more rock blues, albeit soulful rock blues. However, the band are very good with the rhythm section of Randy McDonald and Byron Cage driving everything beautifully and James Pace on keyboards being outstanding on both organ and piano. There are lots of guests including the Holmes Brothers, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Magic Dick, Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish and Mark Karan but Tommy is always out in front with his strong vocals and powerful guitar playing. To be honest I had trouble hearing the Holmes Brothers on "Two steps forward" but it was nice to hear Magic Dick on harp. I hadn't heard the old Savoy Brown number "I'm tired" for years then Bettye Lavette covered it recently and the song pops up here again with Mr. Bonamassa helping out. My favourite tracks were probably the opener `The devil you know" and "When I cross the Mississippi" with Tab Benoit, but there are lots of good tracks and lots of variety on the album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tommy Castro And The Painkillers - Just Keep Getting Better 13 Feb. 2014
By Steven Sly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Tommy Castro has been a touring machine for over 20 years now. He has never become huge, but has been able to carve out a niche with a solid following for his soul inflected rock n roll blues. “The Devil You Know” is one of the best albums of his career. The album focuses on his 4 piece touring band without a lot of the bells and whistles that he sometimes augments himself with on other releases. Because of this, “Devil” is a leaner and sometimes meaner slice of rocking blues. The Painkiller are a tight, tight outfit and they really shine throughout this disc. The album is also chock full of guest appearances by a who’s who of modern blues, but the guests never outshine Castro and his band. Highlights include duets with Samantha Fish, Tab Benoit, and Marcia Ball among others. The majority of the material is written by Castro with a few very well chosen covers thrown into the mix as well. This is generally a more rocking Castro album with less of the soul side of his repituar, so depending on which aspect of Castro’s music that you like, this may influence how much enjoyment you get from this album. Personally I think this one ranks right up with his best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
he Devil You Know is thirteen tracks of soulful positively charged Blues music. It is a fantastic listen from beginning to end. 25 Jan. 2014
By Phillip Smith (PhillyCheezeBlues) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Returning to the studio with a new band, The Painkillers, along with a bus load full of special guests which includes Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish, Mark Karan, Magic Dick, Tasha Taylor, and the Holmes Brothers, Tommy Castro has recorded one smoking hot Blues album, The Devil You Know. The Painkillers consist of bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Byron Cage, and keyboardist James Pace.

It’s almost impossible to not get down and do some foot-tapping when I hear “When I Cross the Mississippi”. Tab Benoit and Mark Karan both jump in with guitars. Tab joins along on vocals as well. I really identify with this song, and the way it invokes a longing to return to wherever we call home. When I hear him sing the lyrics, ‘That river runs so strong. The river clears my brain. When I cross the Mississippi, I got muddy water in my vein.’, I get the urge to hop in my car, drive down to Memphis, and catch some live music.

I love the slow and swampy infectious groove on the title track, “The Devil You Know”. Between that groove, Castro’s killer guitar licks and the soulful organ contributions from Pace, this makes for a strong opening track. Things get even better when Joe Bonamassa joins in on a cover of Savoy Brown’s “I’m Tired”. Bonamassa handles most of the guitar on this as Castro’s slightly gravely vocals add an extra layer of ‘cool’ to the song. The jam between the two towards the end of the song is nice as well. Mark Karan also sits in on another outstanding cover, Wet Willie’s “Keep on Smilin’”. I might have to even say I like this version a smidge better than the original. I can’t help but be in a better mood when I hear it.

Joining Castro as he wails on his guitar, in the fast paced original, “Medicine Woman”, is Samantha Fish. She’s sexy and sultry. It’s always a pleasure to hear her sing. It’s also a pleasure to hear the Holmes Brothers who provide spiritually uplifting backing vocals on “Two Steps Forward”, which has an extra boost of richness provided by harmonica master, Magic Dick.

One of my favorites, “Center of Attention”, is an energetically charged powerhouse of a song with pounding rhythmic drums, splendid guitar riffs, and fierce vocals. Revolving around a drama queen who just has to be the center of attention, this song definitely ends up on my heavy rotation list.

The Devil You Know is thirteen tracks of soulful positively charged Blues music. It is a fantastic listen from beginning to end.

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