Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Tinsley Ellis

Saturday, November 17 / 8:00 p.m.
Burnin’ Guitar Doubleheader
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading (Grand Ballroom)
Tickets: Part of All-Day Saturday Package / $79
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Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep, his high-energy sound forged in his coming-of-age years in San Jose, CA in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the streets were alive with soul, blues and rock.

Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard, Castro’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge and learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances.

Over the course of his career his San Jose DNA has inspired his music, whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or the funkiest soul grooves. He and The Painkillers –bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown –have played hundreds of shows to thousands of music lovers, always leaving audiences screaming for more.

All of Castro’s albums are filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each song showing a slightly different side of his multifaceted musical personality.
The band plays irresistible contemporary blues-rock with street-level grit and soul. Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup capable of delving soul-shaking, muscular music.

Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has been a bona fide worldwide guitar hero for over three decades.

Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest-working and most well-travelled statesmen.

He has performed in all 50 states as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs.

As a teenager, Tinsley was sitting in the front row at a B.B King concert. When King broke a string on his beloved guitar Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat and handed the broken string to Ellis. Tinsley still has the string.