Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Method To My Madness

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Method To My Madness is an album by American blues musician Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, released in October 2015 via Alligator Records.

Tommy Castro is an American blues, R&B and rock guitarist and singer. He has been recording since the mid-1990s. His music has taken him from local stages to national and international touring. His popularity was marked by his winning the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Tommy Castro is one of the most popular and creative roots artists to emerge in recent years.

On 2014's The Devil You Know, California bluesman Tommy Castro pared his band back to a quartet called the Painkillers and returned his guitar playing and singing to the forefront of his attack. Though the album was chock-full of guest stars, its arrangements were largely uncluttered -- no horns, strings, or other gimmickry. 

Method to My Madness strips back the veneer even further. The tightrope of energy, grit, and inspiration on display here are usually reserved for live shows. For the first time, Castro has produced an album by himself. He and the Painkillers - bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson, and drummer Bowen Brown - cut the music live from the floor with minimal overdubs.

Much has been made of Castro's vocal style being influenced by the singers from the vintage Stax/Volt era. While that's somewhat true, Method To My Madness reveals, perhaps for the first time, an even deeper debt to funky soul and country-blues singer Delbert McClinton. "Common Ground" is a swaggering gospel-tinged soul blues. The melody and choral refrain nod at Sly Stone, but Castro lets his McClinton flag fly with a gritty delivery atop a cracking snare and driving Wurlitzer groove. "Shine A Light" is dirtier; it's a razor-wire, rocking soul-blues with double-timed drumming, bumping bass line, and killer slide guitar and B-3 work, with great backing vocals from Rios and Amber Morris adding gospel fuel to the fire.

The title track is a wrangling guitar-driven boogie, where funky rock meets the 12-bar blues head on. Castro testifies in his delivery, leaving no room for doubt about his intentions and attitude. While "Lose Lose" is a simmering deep blues, its proceeding tune, "Died And Gone To Heaven", is a swelling, souled-out, rousing, gospel-tinged love song. Both tracks offer excellent guitar breaks. Clarence Carter's "I'm Qualified" is thoroughly reinvented via stomping, hard, bluesy funk.

On the cover of B.B. King's standard "Bad Luck", Castro pays warm tribute to the giant, and lets his biting guitar lead the attack, pushing his vocal and the band in the process. It's a hell of a send-off to the late bluesman, and it closes Method To My Madness on a high point - one of many on one of Castro's finest recordings.

Check out the tracks: “Bad Luck”; “Common Ground” and “Ride”. 

This Limited Edition LP with a digital download is pressed in the USA on translucent blue 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.








Common Ground



Shine A Light



Method To My Madness



Died And Gone To Heaven



Got A Lot



No Such Luck



Two Hearts



I’m Qualified






Lose Lose



All About The Cash



Bad Luck


SKU 014551496717
Record Label Alligator Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number AL 4967
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 01 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 01 October 2015
Barcode # 014551496717
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Blue Translucent Vinyl, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Blue
Genre Blues
Genre Electric Blues
Genre Blues Rock

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