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Can't Keep a Good Man Down
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Pegged as a sort of Bay Area Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist Tommy Castro's got the riffs, but his sound's less raw than that of the Texas guitar slinger. There's a bit of soul in there, as well; if Robert Cray were less blu... more »
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Pegged as a sort of Bay Area Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist Tommy Castro's got the riffs, but his sound's less raw than that of the Texas guitar slinger. There's a bit of soul in there, as well; if Robert Cray were less blues and more rock & roll, he might sound a bit like this. Castro's obviously positioning himself for crossover success, but with material as solid as what's on Can't Keep a Good Man Down, that's in no way a bad thing. His guitar lines are slick without sounding contrived, and there's real sweetness in songs like "I Want to Show You" that make them more than your standard blues-rock semiballad. While Castro hasn't received the level of attention accorded to, say, Jonny Lang or Kenny Wayne Shepherd, it's certainly not for lack of talent. In his lower-key way, he's just as good. --Genevieve Williams
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those who had never heard of Tommy Castro, he is one of those younger bluesman who is keeping blues music wholesome because he did not choose to play blues as an alternative prior to the demise of guitar shredding heavy metal nor did he try to fill the void Stevie Ray Vaughan had left behind. Hence his playing and singing style is still very much his own with a strong anchor to the masters of electric blues of Freddie King to Buddy Guy. He also borrows a lot singing licks from the Stax/Volt stable of Otis Redding to Joe Tex. The end results ? White boy blues with a tinge of Blue-eyed soul. His slightly overdriven Strat guitar tone compliments perfectly with his slightly raspy singing voice and with the addition of some horns on a couple of tracks, you can almost figure out how this album will sound like. Buy it if you think Kenny Wayne Shepard is playing too many notes for a blues player and that Jonny Lang is a tad too young to actually interpret the blues."
Bruce A. Nelson | BORON, CA USA | 04/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THIS CD KICKS FROM THE FIRST SONG ON.THE SONG MY TIME AFTER AWHILE REALLY SHOWS HOW GOOD TOMMY CAN PLAY WHEN HE IS PLAYING BLUESROCK HE IS AT HIS BEST.THIS IS BY FAR HIS BEST CD,I OWN ALL OF HIS OTHER CD`S AS WELL.IF YOU WANT A GOOD BLUES ROCK CD THIS IS FOR YOU."
Songs nine and ten need to be samples.
Bruce A. Nelson | 05/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"They are "You Only Go Around Once" and "Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby" these are two of the best songs on the CD. I saw Tommy Castro and his band at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were fantastic."