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This world premiere presentation will be a rare treat for fans of both artists and for fans of blues in general. It features two of the most accomplished and acclaimed entertainers on the blues scene today. Tommy Castro and Mike Zito have a combined eight Blues Music Award wins. DownBeat magazine gives Tommy Castro’s current album Method To My Madness (Alligator) four stars and raves "The Californian's latest album represents a high-water mark in his career.” Jazz Times proclaims about Mike Zito "His music flows into the veins and moves the body in ways that can only be described as free and wild…" The evening will feature vocal and guitar collaborations on Tommy Castro’s and Mike Zito’s favorite songs, creating something new and fresh when these acclaimed guitarists combine their individual styles of playing and singing. Backed by Tommy Castro’s band the Painkillers, this promises to be a high energy and very entertaining evening.
METHOD TO MY MADNESS finds Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at their very best. It is an instant career highlight in a lifetime full of them. The album was recorded at Laughing Tiger Studio in San Rafael, CA and produced by Castro (his first time at the helm) using no recording studio wizardry, just the unadulterated sound of the band. Castro’s songs – he wrote or co-wrote 10 of 12 tracks – are raw, raucous and rocking. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems “Common Ground” and “Shine A Light” to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing deep soul ballad “Died And Gone To Heaven,” to the bayou rock of “Got A Lot” to the atmospheric, autobiographical “Ride” to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit “I’m Qualified” to the emotional cover of B.B. King’s “Bad Luck,” Tommy Castro & The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun.