Tommy Castro Attacks Greed the Only Way He Knows How: With the Blues

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Lewis MacDonald
Tommy Castro brings his blues band to the Rhythm Room on Friday, May 23.

It's okay to make money in today's world. Even necessary to survive and raise a family. But when somebody becomes greedy in the process where they cheat, pollute and hurt others, well that's not cool. That's the message in the song "Greedy," which is on Tommy Castro's new CD The Devil You Know.

"Greed is the root of all the problems in our country and other countries. The video spells that out," he said. "I'm not big on political statements like Bob Dylan, but that song came out of me because I'm concerned about the huge economic divide in our country. Like John Lee Hooker said: 'That song was in me and it had to come out.'
Castro, one of the hottest guitarists on the national blues scene, will bring his rock and roll blues to the Rhythm Room May 23, backed by his band, The Painkillers.

"I've played the Rhythm Room several times over the years. I love the place because the crowd knows what it's all about," he said. "Castro fans will be there and blues fans will be there. The room sounds great. It doesn't look like it would have great acoustics, but it does."

Castro predicts that the Painkillers' performance at the Rhythm Room will rock the house, as they will play new and old songs to keep the audience happy.

"We're a high energy band. I'm hard on the band, but they know what I want," he said.

Drummer Byron Cage left the band to go back to New York to donate a kidney to his brother, so David Tucker, of the Maria Muldaur band, has replaced him. James Pace remains the star on keyboards, and Randy McDonald supplies the bass. All of the Painkillers provide vocals.


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