The Devil You Know (180-gram vinyl)

Tommy Castro

The Devil You Know (180-gram vinyl)


Features Tommy’s stripped-down, fired-up new band, The Painkillers.  Includes sharp new originals and fresh new versions of songs by J.B. Lenoir, Andre Williams, Jimmy Hall and Savoy Brown’s Chris Youlden.  A lineup of great guest artists includes Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, The Holmes Brothers, Magic Dick and more. 

Pressed on 180g translucent red vinyl.  Includes FREE download card for LP tracks, plus two songs previously released only on a 2013 vinyl 45: “Greedy” and “That’s All I Got.” 

“Irresistible contemporary blues-rock…street-level grit and soul” –Billboard



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1. The Devil You Know 4:23
2. Second Mind 3:24
3. I'm Tired 4:02
4. Center of Attention 3:12
5. The Whale Have Swallowed Me 3:41
6. When I Cross The Mississippi 3:56
7. Mojo Hannah 3:38
8. Two Steps Forward 4:08
9. She Wanted To Give It To Me 3:45
10. Keep On Smilin' 6:03
11. Medicine Woman 3:57


Tommy Castro Guitars and Vocals
Randy McDonald Bass and Vocals
Byron Cage Drums and Vocals
James Pace Keyboards and Vocals

with Special Guests:
Marcia Ball, piano and vocals on Mojo Hannah
Tab Benoit, vocals and guitar on When I Cross The Mississippi
Joe Bonamassa, guitar on I’m Tired
Samantha Fish, vocals on Medicine Woman
The Holmes Brothers, background vocals on Two Steps Forward
Mark Karan, guitar on Keep On Smilin’ and When I Cross The Mississippi
Magic Dick, harmonica on Two Steps Forward
Tasha Taylor, vocals on The Whale Have Swallowed Me

additional Guests:
Mike Duke, piano and vocals on Keep On Smilin’
Mike Finnigan, organ on When I Cross The Mississippi
Bonnie Hayes, Wurlitzer piano on Second Mind and background vocals
Jimmy Pugh, organ on Second Mind
Vicki Randle, percussion and background vocals
Leah Tysse, background vocals on Second Mind

1.  The Devil You Know +

2.  Second Mind +
3.  I’m Tired +
4.  Center Of Attention +
5.  The Whale Have Swallowed Me +
6.  When I Cross the Mississippi +
7.  Mojo Hannah +
8.  Two Steps Forward ≈
9.  She Wanted To Give It To Me ≈
10. Keep On Smilin’ +
11. Medicine Woman ≈

+ Recorded by Joel Jaffe, assisted by Jason Victorine at Studio D, Sausalito, CA
≈ Recorded by Jim Reitzel at Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA

Produced by Tommy Castro and Bonnie Hayes
Guest Producer: Narada Michael Walden for She Wanted To Give It To Me
Guitar Production: Eric Schramm, Tal Morris and Mark Karan
Mixed and edited by Chris Manning and Tommy Castro at Salamander Sound, San Rafael, CA
She Wanted To Give It To Me mixed by Jim Reitzel at Tarpan Studios
Mastered by Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL

Additional recording by:
Bonnie Hayes and Eric Schramm, Assisted by Skip Sitkin at Palace of Tone, San Rafael, CA
Johnny Lee Schell at Ultratone Studios, Studio City, CA
Blaine Misner at Cue Recording, Falls Church, VA
Juliette Amoroso at Night Bird Recording Studios, West Hollywood, CA
Danny Bernini at Sprit House Studio, Northampton, MA
Adam Lichtenauer at Studio City, Kansas City, MO

Cover illustration by Scrojo
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec
Photo by Steve Sherman
Band logo by Britt Lundberg
Alligator logo by Michael Trossman

Tab Benoit appears courtesy of Telarc International
Joe Bonamassa appears courtesy of J&R Adventures
Samantha Fish appears courtesy of Ruf Records

We would like to thank all of our special guest artists, business  associates, The Rosebud Agency, Blind Ambition Management, Roger Naber and The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, David Tucker, Janie Soong, Dani Barese, Scott Burnett, Gibson Guitars, Reverend Guitars, Eminence Speakers, Mesa Boogie Amplifiers, Reunion Blues Guitar Bags, GHS Strings and Dunlop Guitar Picks.

Booking: Tom Gold at The Agency Group,