Tommy Castro

Hard Believer

Hard Believer
On his Alligator debut, Castro delivers top-notch rockin’ soul music fired by his razor-sharp guitar work and urgent vocals. Songs include six typically sharp Castro originals along with some tasty covers, including Wilson Pickett’s “99 1/2 (Won’t Do)” and Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Produced by John Porter (Los Lonely Boys, Santana, Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello) “He can do no wrong...soulful, heartfelt vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar. An inspired blend of blues, R&B, soul and roadhouse rock” –Blues Revue

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“He can do no wrong...soulful, heartfelt vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar. An inspired blend of blues, R&B, soul and roadhouse rock” -–Blues Revue
“He can do no wrong...soulful, heartfelt vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar. An inspired blend of blues, R&B, soul and roadhouse rock” -–Blues Revue


Tommy Castro, Vocals and Lead Guitar
Keith Crossan, Tenor and Baritone Sax, Background Vocals 
Tom Poole, Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Valve Trombone
Scott Sutherland, Bass
Ronnie Smith, Drums
Tony Stead, Keyboards
Lennie Castro, Percussion
Tal Morris, Rhythm Guitar
John Porter, Rhythm Guitar and Slide Guitar
Amber Morris, Background Vocal

Horns arranged by Keith Crossan & Tom Poole


Produced by John Porter.

Guitar Production by Tal Morris, Bonnie Hayes and Ari Rios.

Vocal Production by Amber Morris, Bonnie Hayes, Ari Rios and Gabi Castro.

Recorded at Laughing Tiger Studio (www.laughingtiger.com) and The Ice House (www.icehouserecording.com), San Rafael, CA.

Additional recording at House Of Blues Studio (www.houseofbluesstudios.com/encino), Encino, CA.

Engineered at Laughing Tiger Studio by Ari Rios, assisted by Rick Vargas. Engineered at The Ice House by Bonnie Hayes, assisted by Skip Sitkin. Engineered at House Of Blues Studio by John Porter, assisted by Doug Tyo.

Mixed by John Porter at the Dume Room, Malibu, CA, assisted by Daisy.

Mastered by Dan Stout and Bruce Iglauer at Colossal Mastering, Chicago, IL.

Technical production assistance, repairs and child-care by Steve Spirn.

Photos by Johnny Ace, assisted by Victoria Smith.

Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec.

Alligator logo by Michael Trossman.


This album is dedicated to Stephen Bruton, with thanks for his friendship and inspiration.

The Tommy Castro Band thanks all of our families, Elvin Bishop, Roger Naber and The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (www.bluescruise.com), The Blues Foundation  (www.blues.org), Blind Pig Records, Delta Groove Records, Henry Heistand of Red Plate Amps (www.redplateamps.com), Darryl Anders of Jim Dunlop Manufacturing (www.jimdunlop.com), Eminence Speakers (www.eminencespeakers.com), GHS Strings (www.ghsstrings.com), Fender Guitars (www.fender.com), Lectrosonics (www.lectrosonics.com), Reunion Blues (www.reunionblues.com), Linda and Charles, Tom Cougar, and Bill Wax of XM/Sirius Radio.

John Porter thanks Tommy Castro, the musicians, Becky Scott at AAM, and also Chris Johnson at Mackie, Randy Fuchs at Artist Direct and Ryan Smith at Shure.

John Porter is represented by Andy Kipnes at Advanced Alternative Media, New York, NY.

www.tommycastro.com


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    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Definition Of Insanity
Author/Publisher:  Castro & Silbar, Tommy Castro Music, BMI/Silbarsongs Adm. By MCS America, ASCAP
3:40
Play Preview 2 It Is What It Is
Author/Publisher:  Stephen Bruton & John Fleming, Brutunes/Warner-Tamerlane Publ., BMI
4:11
Play Preview 3 Hard Believer
Author/Publisher:  Castro & Hayes, Tommy Castro Music, BMI/Monster Music/Bob-A-Lew Songs, ASCAP
4:11
Play Preview 4 Monkey's Paradise
Author/Publisher:  Castro, Tommy Castro Music, BMI
4:29
Play Preview 5 Ninety-Nine And One Half
Author/Publisher:  Floyd, Cropper & Pickett, East Memphis Music/Pronto Music, BMI
3:42
Play Preview 6 Backup Plan
Author/Publisher:  Castro & Estrin, Tommy Castro Music/Locked In Music, BMI
4:32
Play Preview 7 Gotta Serve Somebody
Author/Publisher:  Dylan, Special Rider Music, SESAC
4:56
Play Preview 8 Trimmin' Fat
Author/Publisher:  Castro & Schermer, Tommy Castro Music/Bentsongs Publ., BMI
4:10
Play Preview 9 Make It Back To Memphis
Author/Publisher:  Castro & Hayes, Tommy Castro Music, BMI/Monster Music/Bob-A-Lew Songs, ASCAP
4:34
Play Preview 10 Victims Of The Darkness
Author/Publisher:  Toussaint, Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc./Warner-Tamerlane Publ.,BMI
3:40
Play Preview 11 My Babe
Author/Publisher:  Medley & Hatfield, EMI Hastings Catalog Inc., BMI
4:06
Play Preview 12 The Trouble With Soul
Author/Publisher:  Turmes, Tight Shoes Music Adm. By Bug Music, BMI
3:33
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