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Blues artist Tommy Castro presents "A Bluesman Comes To Town"

Tommy Castro
Photo by Phillip Solomonson

Henry Cook and I hope you will join us for a very special Time For The Blues this Saturday night, March 26th, at 9:00 as we present music and conversation with one of the busiest blues performers around right now, Mr. Tommy Castro!

Castro is coming to Richmond on April 5th with sax/piano/vocals great Deanna Bogart (who joins him in our conversation). If you have never seen either of these two high powered dynamos, you owe it to yourself to catch them together while you can. I’ve had the good fortune to catch them both separately and can’t wait to see them in this special engagement.

We have some songs from Castro’s latest Alligator release, A Bluesman Comes To Town, a fascinating album that plays like an entire story cycle. It’s a fascinating concept that I’ve seen done by a handful of rock acts over the years, but this is the first time I’ve seen it attempted by a blues artist. It’s definitely worth checking out in its complete form.

Then Castro and Bogart will join us by phone (they were in rehearsal) to talk about the album and what their plans are for the upcoming tour. Bogart started her musical career in the DC area (that’s where I first saw her) and is looking forward to coming back to our area for a visit. Not as much as we’re looking forward to seeing her return!

But that’s not the whole show. Oh no…

We’ve also got new releases from Patti Parks from her VizzTone release, Whole Nother World; The Hitman Blues Band from their recent album, the perfectly titled Not My Circus Not My Monkey; and Eddie 9V from Little Black Flies on Ruf.

More recent releases include Rob Stone featuring Elena Kato and Hiroshi Eguchi from Trio in Tokyo on Blue Heart Records; Dexter Allen from Keep Moving On on Endless Blues; and Alex Lopex from Rising Up on Maremil Music.

Even that’s not all! Henry has a special surprise up his sleeve, a preview of next week’s retro show with songs from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse. Who are The Powerhouse you ask? You’ll want to tune in next week for the whole story. It’s a good one!

We’ll be glad to have your company if you care to join us at 9:00 this Saturday night. That’s March 26, and you can find us on one of these great VPM Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagships, 93.1 and 107.3 VPM-Music, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!