Tommy Castro, one of the brightest young stars on the international blues scene, is fast emerging as a household name among blues-lovers everywhere. He’s a supremely-talented, gifted guitarist and a deeply-soulful vocalist who combines a rock and roll delivery with a touch of Memphis soul. Add his riveting and remarkable stage presence to the musical mix, and he’s a total entertainment package.
Formed in 1991, the Tommy Castro Band has become one of the hardest-working and most-talked-about groups in the country. In 1993 they were named “Club Band of the Year” at the Bay Area Music Awards, an especially prestigious honor since it is a write-in category that includes all musical genres. They won the distinguished award, regarded as an indicator of future success, again in 1994. Previous recipients of the award include Chris Isaac and Huey Lewis and the News.
The 1997 “BAMMIES” were no less kind to Tommy as he won an award as the Bay Area’s “Outstanding Blues Musician,” and for “Outstanding Blues Album” for his first Blind Pig release “Exception to the Rule.” This is the fourth straight year Tommy and his band have been acknowledged as one of the best groups the musically rich and culturally diverse Bay Area has to offer. On another entertainment front, Tommy and his band were so successful as television personalities in their first go-around, that they’ve been signed to a second season as house band for the nationally broadcast HBO Production of NBC-TV’s “Comedy Showcase,” airing after that network’s legendary “Saturday Night Live.” The Tommy Castro Band was one of the highlights of a recent San Francisco Blues Festival, the oldest blues festival, and one of the best, in the country. To those who witnessed his powerful performance, it was evident that Castro was well on his way to dominating the blues scene.