TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS:
Even after more than two decades on the road, 14 boundary bending recordings and collaborations, multiple Blues Music Awards, personal and professional breakthroughs Tommy Castro, a veteran road warrior - and one of the most successful blues musicians in the world - takes nothing for granted. In 2013 Castro will weigh in heavily again and turn yet another corner. Stlll inspired by his blues guitar and R & B vocal contemporaries and a strong desire to push the boundaries of today’s roots music Castro has brought together an all new band he calls "The Painkillers" to do exactly that.
Foregoing the horns this time out Castro returns to a more stripped-down lineup that recalls the earlier days of the band and even features original bassist Randy McDonald along with new band mates Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards. The leaner unit allows Castro's versatile guitar work to come to the fore and his soulful voice to tell the story in every song.
Take caution, these Painkillers could be habit forming...
THE PAUL THORN BAND:
Paul Thorn took an unexpected detour on the road to recording a follow-up to his most successful release, 2010's "Pimps and Preachers." After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes that have drawn comparisons to John Hiatt and John Prine, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter - hailed as the "Mark Twain of Americana" - decided to do an album of covers. "I wanted to take a break from myself," he reveals, "do something different, and just have fun."
When Thorn and his band hit the road, he'll be performing both his captivating originals and these favored covers, because, as he says, "there are so many great writers out there whose songs need to be heard." Thorn also might slip in a new song or two as he already has started writing more songs of his own for the next album.