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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground
CD and 180g Yellow Vinyl – LP

Stompin’ Ground, the blazing new album from soul-blues rockers Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, will be available on CD and 180g vinyl on September 29th. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Castro 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 on Stompin’ Ground shows a slightly different side of his multifaceted musical personality. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”

Intro Videos from Tommy:

  1. Interview video with Tommy discussing  Fear Is The Enemy
  2. Intro from Tommy as he talks about the new album and gives fans a taste of the song “ Nonchalant

#7 Billboard Blues Chart ( re-entry)
#53 Billboard New Artist Chart

#3 Roots Music Report Blues Chart (#1 LW) – After spending fifteen weeks at #1!
#3 Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart (#1 LW) – After spending sixteen weeks at #1!
#6 Living Blues December Radio Chart (#2 Debut Aug; #2 Sept; #1 Oct; #1 Nov)

Recent Nationally Syndicated Radio:
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ in-studio session on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluesville aired Wednesday, November 8th and saw an five additional rebroadcast throughout the rest of the week.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers were the special guests on WXPN’s very popular live radio broadcast, Free At Noon, from the stage of World Café Live in Philadelphia (10/13).

Blues Deluxe featured “Them Changes” (10/2 – 8)

Recent Print Features: Bakersfield Californian , Rock and Blues News , Grass Valley Union, Marin Independent Journal , American Blues Scene , Charlotte Blues Society, Vidette Daily, Oakland Press, Bloomington Pantograph, Record Courier, American Blues Scene, Tahoe OnStage, Rock and Blues Muse

Recent CD Reviews: Entertainment Today , Vintage Guitar, Blues Matters, That Devil Music, Blues Music Magazine, Alternate Root, Chicago Blues Guide, No Depression, Elmore , Making A Scene , Kenosha News

International ReviewsThe Evening Mail , Rootstime (Belgium), Concert Monkey (Belgium), ABS (France), Blues News (Germany), Jazz & Blues (Sweden), Blues Magazine (Netherlands), Blues & Rhythm (UK), Elsewhere, NZME (New Zealand), Paris-Move, Munich Talk

Stream Listen to streaming tracks from Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ upcoming release, Stompin’ Ground .