Friday, April 22, 2016

Robert Sierra on Jimmy Kimmel Live!!!

My BBQ Brother Robert Sierra on Jimmy Kimmel!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

West Coast Blues Visits Twangtown

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
West Coast Blues/Rocker Tommy Castro and his band “The Painkillers” visited Twangtown last evening at the City Winery.  This was my first time seeing TC live and I was not disappointed.  Castro is Jimmy Hall, Delbert McClinton, Johnny Winter, and James Brown all rolled into one!  He can articulate the “Blues” with the finesse of a seasoned performer and the energy and rawness of a “Rock & Roll” bar band and then slap you with some soulful R&B. The results made the audience (as witnessed be me last evening) “dance like no one’s watching”.  Tommy addressed the audience frequently sharing stories of his song’s inspiration, co-writers, & life on the road. You could tell he had been around the block a time or two but still had that youthful enthusiasm that great MUSIC generates within us.  Tommy began playing guitar at age 10 & was influenced by Blues-Legends Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddy King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, as well as soul icons James Brown, Wilson Picket, & Ray Charles.  Tommy quickly took to playing with several “Blues” & “Soul R&B” bands in and around San Francisco.  After 50 years playing the Bay area Tommy has a huge following & consistently sells out dates way in advance.  The “Painkillers” consist of Randy McDonald of Harrisburg, PA on bass, Mike Emerson of San Francisco. CA on keyboards, & Bowen Brown of Palo Alto, CA on drums all are seasoned contributors & have deep roots in the SF blues scene. 
Tommy and his Gibson Firebird V reissue.

To wrap it up in one word….FUN!  To quote Tommy "the blues makes you feel better" and I would agree! I had a fun evening listening to some kick ass musicians & performers playing their music with “smiles” on their faces.  I only wish they had played longer & I didn’t have to get up the next morning to go to work!  I can’t wait to see them again….SOON!  
Autographed set list!