Tommy Castro’s latest project, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, released their first recording with Alligator Records on November 4, 2012. ‘Greedy / That’s All I Got’ is a two-song 45rpm vinyl that initially will only be available for sale at live performances and as a download. The record, featuring original bassist, Randy McDonald, and new members Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards, precedes their full-length debut album set for release in 2013.
Formed in February of 2012, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been touring extensively across the U.S. and abroad. With his band dubbed "The Painkillers," Castro explains his future plans for performing across the globe in stating, "a lot of folks are having hard times these days, and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain."
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured a young Elvis generations before, Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, opened for Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, and John Prine among many other headliners, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time.
The first thing you notice is The Voice, unique and distinctive, the voice of a man who has walked a long, hot span over dusty Mississippi country roads. And after repeated listens, you realize that his is not merely the voice of a poet but also of a merciful prophet, a summation not unjustified. Those who follow the career of Paul Thorn believe he is both.