Born and raised in San Jose, California, in 1955, Tommy Castro expressed an interest in learning to play the guitar at the tender age of ten. Initially inspired by Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter and Elvin Bishop, he read in an article where Mike Bloomfield credited B.B. King for everything he did. Castro said, "Wow! B.B. King, let me check this out! And I wore out ‘Cook County Jail.’ I just wore it out." He also discovered and quickly became fascinated with Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Freddie King. His vocal styling came from constant listening to Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown.
A supremely talented and gifted guitarist and deeply soulful vocalist, Castro combines a rock and roll delivery with a touch of Memphis soul in his riveting and remarkably entertaining live shows. "When I was a kid," said Castro, "it became obvious to me that playing music was the thing I was meant to do, so I made the decision to pursue it as a career." After playing with numerous Bay Area groups sharpening his guitar technique, he spent two years playing guitar for the San Francisco band the Dynatones, who were then signed to Warner Brothers. During this time Castro found himself playing to the biggest crowds he had seen up to that point and backing artists as diverse as Carla Thomas and Albert King. He formed his own band in 1991, released his first self-produced album, "No Foolin'," in 1993 and exploded onto the international blues scene with the release of his stunning and critically acclaimed Blind Pig album "Exception To The Rule," in 1995.
He has been a constant winner of the Bay Area Music Awards as best club band and in 1997 won the "Bammies" for "Outstanding Blues Musician" and "Outstanding Blues Album," for his "Exception To The Rule" CD. Castro also gained wider recognition from his work as the house band on NBC's Comedy Showcase, airing after Saturday Night Live. Tommy Castro’s stinging, clean guitar tones can reach a scorching crescendo or be delivered with simple restraint. His soulful vocals, combined with his energy and charisma literally leap right out at any audience he performs in front of. With the release of his current album, "Right As Rain," and his gutsy live shows that toss together blues, R&B, soul, and a little rock ‘n’ roll, the charismatic Tommy Castro is poised to further take the blues world by storm.