Internationally beloved blues and roots rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has announced dates for his 2022 30th Anniversary Tour, celebrating his new album, the critically and popularly acclaimed Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town.

2022 marks Castro’s 30th year as a bandleader as well as his 30-year association with bassist Randy McDonald. Castro is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the formation of his current band, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, with McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown and keyboardist Michael Emerson. See full list of tour dates below.


Live, the band will perform material from A Bluesman Came To Town, along with fan favorites from throughout Castro’s long career. The new album is a roots music odyssey. Through its 13 songs, Castro tells the tale of a young man, working on his family farm, who gets bitten by the blues bug. He masters the guitar and heads out on the road seeking fame and fortune, only to find what he’s left behind is the treasure he’s been looking for. “A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me,” says Castro. “It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences, though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”


The road is where Castro has made his mark over the past three decades. Talking about his 30 years as a bandleader, Castro says, “When Randy and I started out playing blues joints and bars in San Francisco in the early 90s, we had no idea what kind of a ride we were in for. I’ve always been inspired by all the old blues guys and now I’m one of them. I look forward to the next 30 years!” McDonald adds, “We’ve lasted longer than all our marriages combined, and we’re still rockin’ somewhere nearly every night.”

The two have performed over 6000 shows together, including three seasons as the house band for NBC’s Comedy Showcase, two summer-long tours with B.B. King and Buddy Guy, 40 music cruises (including 33 consecutive sold-out Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruises), and many of the world’s largest music festivals. They have shared stages with legends including John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Greg Allman, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Dick of The J. Geils Band, Taj Mahal and Los Lobos.

Castro’s relentless road-dog approach—gig after gig, night after night—has won him loyal, lifelong fans everywhere he plays. The Washington Post says Castro is “phenomenal and funky” with “soulful vocals and inspired blues guitar.” The San Francisco Chronicle describes Castro’s music as, “funky Southern soul, big city blues and classic rock…silvery guitar licks that simultaneously sound familiar and fresh.” No Depression says “Castro plays gritty, string-bending blues like a runaway train…a glorious blend that rocks the soul and lifts the spirits.”

MARCH 2022
04 – Colorado Springs, CO, Stargazers
05 – Vallejo, CA, Empress Theatre
11 – Redwood City, CA, Club Fox
12 – Sacramento, CA, Crest Theater *
17 – Kent, OH, Kent Stage**
18 – Buffalo, NY, The Tralf **
19 – Syracuse, NY, Lost Horizon **
20 – Saratoga Springs, NY, Caffe Lena **
22 – Holyoke, MA, Gateway City Arts **
23 – Fairfield, CT, StageOne **
24 – Fall River, MA, Narrows Center **
25 – Natick, MA, Natick Center for the Arts **
26 – Portsmouth, NH, Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club **
27 – Concord, NH, Capital Center for the Arts **
29 – Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall **
30 – Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live**
31 – Bethlehem, PA, Steel Stacks **

APRIL 2022
01 – Annapolis, MD, Rams Head **
04 – Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere ***
05 – Richmond, VA, The Tin Pan **
07 – Cincinnati, OH, The Taft
08 -Bloomington, IL, The Stable
09 – Stoughton WI, Stoughton Opera House
10 – Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
11 – Lincoln, NE, Zoo Bar
13 – Austin, TX, Antone’s ****
14 – Dallas, TX, The Kessler ****
15 – Houston, TX, The Heights ****
16 – San Antonio, TX, Sam’s Burger Joint ****
21 – Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room **
22 – Joshua Tree, CA, Pappy & Harriet’s **
23 – San Juan Capistrano, CA,Coach House **

MAY 2022
13 – Petaluma, CA, Mystic Theatre

*co-bill with Elvin Bishop for Badass Blues Package
**with Deanna Bogart as special guest
***co-bill with Walter Trout and Deanna Bogart performing as special guest
****co-bill with Marcia Ball