Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
Tinsley Ellis, born June 4, 1957, is an American blues and rock musician. Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "It's hard to overstate the raw power of his music." Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world's best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist's guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. "A musician never got famous staying home," he says.
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Blues great Tommy Castro and his band the Painkillers will perform at the Kent Stage on Monday, Oct. 9. Castro began playing guitar at the age of 10, started playing professionally in the 1970s, and has been fronting his own bands since the early 1990s.
Castro joined the renowned blues label Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer to massive acclaim. He has won six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award - the highest honor a blues performer can receive. Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup, capable of delivering soul-shaking, muscular music. Castro’s new Alligator album Stompin’ Ground drops on Sept. 29.
Reserved tickets for Tommy Castro & the Painkillers are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240