Santa Barbara Blues Society presents

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Carrillo Recreation Center
January 20, 2023; 7pm


Longtime Soul-Blues Rocker Tommy Castro is coming to Santa Barbara in January. Throughout his career, he’s won numerous awards, adding three Blues Music Awards this year: B.B. King Entertainer of the Year; Band of the Year (with The Painkillers); and Album of the Year.

For Castro’s latest album, he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Hambridge. “I like to keep things fresh and interesting,” says Castro, “Tom and I have talked about making a record together for a long time. Collaborating with him was even better than I imagined. I had an outline for the story and then Tom and I talked it out and the songs just started to organically grow out of each other.” Castro continues, “A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me. It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”

Upon release of A Bluesman Came To Town, Castro will hit the road with The Painkillers, performing fan favorites as well as songs from the new album. “I’ve made seven albums for Alligator,” Castro says, “and I’ve never made the same record twice. I will always try to be my most authentic self. I give it all I’ve got every time we hit the stage!

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The Santa Barbara Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating and preserving Americas unique musical contribution to the world – the Blues. We are the oldest blues society in the United States. We present concerts every other month that feature all types of blues musicians giving them a venue to utilize their talent. The Blues Society also gives yearly scholarships to students in the Santa Barbara area so they can pursue their education in this important style of music.

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