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  • Rick Niedzo
    Agree,....Perfect choice ! ... From: Valerie Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] Re: A message from, Tommy -- To:
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      Agree,....Perfect choice !


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      From: Valerie <rbbfan1@...>
      Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] Re: A message from, Tommy --
      To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 7:05 PM

       
      How about Deanna?
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    • Valerie
      Love her and she is sensational in her own right. Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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        Love her and she is sensational in her own right.

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      • Valerie
        PS we will miss Scot. Best wishes to him and to his family. Best of luck to all the departing Band members. You rock! Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE
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          PS we will miss Scot. Best wishes to him and to his family. Best of luck to all the departing Band members. You rock!

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        • jcbluz@aol.com
          I agree with y all but I think TC wants someone West Coast local for gigs without the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Band which she will probably continue to
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            I agree with y'all but I think TC wants someone West Coast local for gigs without the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Band which she will probably continue to be a ticket selling featured part of. Hope I'm wrong!


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          • krazeeonu@aol.com
            I met Tommy, Randy, Keith and Billy years ago, right after Shad left the band. I have all TCBs cds, I love every single note they ve played over the years and
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              I met Tommy, Randy, Keith and Billy years ago, right after Shad left the band.  I have all TCBs cds, I love every single note they've played over the years and I 've had the pleasure of seeing TCB with all the lineup changes.  I hate to see Scott go but I think it's fantastic Randy is returning to the band. Keith.....TCB won't be the same without you.....you're the best,someone will fill your spot but not your shoes.  I looked forward to seeing TCB in the future, but seeing TCB without Randy was like seeing the Beatles without George...and seeing TCB without Keith is like seeing the E Street Band without Clarence...just quite not the same.  Keith, don't leave...Tommy, get Shad back or Billy....then things will be back to normal again. I miss the ole TCB from years ago.
               
              Jerry
              -----Original Message-----
              From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
              To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 5:39 pm
              Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

               
              CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

              Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

              Scott

              I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

              Randy

              When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

              Keith

              Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

              Tom

              Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

              Tony

              Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

              What a band

              The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
              I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

              Why?

              There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

              I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

              The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

              That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

              I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

              I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

              Peace,

              Tommy

            • Jack
              That d be nice Jerry, but isn t in the cards. Shad had to give up the drums -- Shortly after he quit the TCB because he wanted to stay closer to home he had a
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                That'd be nice Jerry, but isn't in the cards.  Shad had to give up the drums -- Shortly after he quit the TCB because he wanted to stay closer to home he had a massive stroke which stalled his music career for a few years.  After a few years he got most of his mobility back and never lost his huge vocal abilities. These days he fronts The Groovenators and sings while playing a keytar which only requires one hand that is fully functioning.  He's also a member of a few couple other groups, teaches music and still likes his gigs to remain in Northern California.  

                Billy quit the band for the same reason--he wanted to stay close to home (in order to be an active new father).  He's still drumming but managing to stay away from life on the road. He came back to the band as a temp between Scott Rabino's short stint drumming with the TCB and the amazing Chris Sandoval's time with the band. Chris left when he became a father and wanted to watch his new baby grow up in person and not photos via facebook. I've always joked that the drum slot in the TCB is the blues/rock version of the drum slot in Spinal Tap except everyone is still living. Anyway, Billy was rotating between Roy Rogers and Jeffery Halford's bands when he returned briefly and even got double pay at one of the gigs at The Mystic where Jeffrey Halford & The Healers was the opener for The TCB.  A month or so ago he played with Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws at The Saloon in my neighborhood. 

                Before I became obsessed by Tommy's playing and watched him during his tip jar days my favorite West Coast Band was the Dynatones which featured Randy on bass.  One of my all time favorite tunes from the early TCB was Randy's spin on the Gary U S Bonds song "Out of Work".  Considering the state of today's economy I'm betting on being able to hear that one again sometime during the next year!  

                Seeing some activity on this site is a kick.  I've been updating the calendar on the group's home page forever but facebook has become the go to for net fun.  Being able to discuss with folks at length isn't possible there. I went long winded above as an example of what's not possible on facebook so, tell your friends....reviews of TCB gigs you've seen, reviews of the venues they play in, ride share requests and offers, etc. are things done better on yahoo groups and without identity theft phishing is one of the advantages here.    

                Thanks to ya for coming out of lurk mode for a sec!  Come on back, I'll keep a light on for ya!

                Jack 

                    


                -----Original Message-----
                From: krazeeonu <krazeeonu@...>
                To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 1:21 pm
                Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                 
                I met Tommy, Randy, Keith and Billy years ago, right after Shad left the band.  I have all TCBs cds, I love every single note they've played over the years and I 've had the pleasure of seeing TCB with all the lineup changes.  I hate to see Scott go but I think it's fantastic Randy is returning to the band. Keith.....TCB won't be the same without you.....you're the best,someone will fill your spot but not your shoes.  I looked forward to seeing TCB in the future, but seeing TCB without Randy was like seeing the Beatles without George...and seeing TCB without Keith is like seeing the E Street Band without Clarence...just quite not the same.  Keith, don't leave...Tommy, get Shad back or Billy....then things will be back to normal again. I miss the ole TCB from years ago.
                 
                Jerry
                -----Original Message-----
                From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 5:39 pm
                Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                 
                CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                Scott

                I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                Randy

                When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                Keith

                Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                Tom

                Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                Tony

                Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                What a band

                The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                Why?

                There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                Peace,

                Tommy

              • Valerie
                Sweet. I do the same for Ronnie Baker Brooks. Facebook has replaced myspace and Yahoo but...still gotta update them all and hopefully, reach all the fans. Sent
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                  Sweet. I do the same for Ronnie Baker Brooks. Facebook has replaced myspace and Yahoo but...still gotta update them all and hopefully, reach all the fans.

                  Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

                • krazeeonu@aol.com
                  Yeah Jack, I know. I ve kept up with TCB for many years. It was hard for me to take when Shad left, harder when Randy left (I met him him years ago before I
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                    Yeah Jack, I know.  I've kept up with TCB for many years. It was hard for me to take when Shad left, harder when Randy left (I met him him years ago before I met Tommy) and now Keith....dang.  I'll never give up on TCB though, like you said, TCB is MY favorite west coast band also.
                     
                    Jerry

                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                    To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                    Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 9:32 pm
                    Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                     
                    That'd be nice Jerry, but isn't in the cards.  Shad had to give up the drums -- Shortly after he quit the TCB because he wanted to stay closer to home he had a massive stroke which stalled his music career for a few years.  After a few years he got most of his mobility back and never lost his huge vocal abilities. These days he fronts The Groovenators and sings while playing a keytar which only requires one hand that is fully functioning.  He's also a member of a few couple other groups, teaches music and still likes his gigs to remain in Northern California.  

                    Billy quit the band for the same reason--he wanted to stay close to home (in order to be an active new father).  He's still drumming but managing to stay away from life on the road. He came back to the band as a temp between Scott Rabino's short stint drumming with the TCB and the amazing Chris Sandoval's time with the band. Chris left when he became a father and wanted to watch his new baby grow up in person and not photos via facebook. I've always joked that the drum slot in the TCB is the blues/rock version of the drum slot in Spinal Tap except everyone is still living. Anyway, Billy was rotating between Roy Rogers and Jeffery Halford's bands when he returned briefly and even got double pay at one of the gigs at The Mystic where Jeffrey Halford & The Healers was the opener for The TCB.  A month or so ago he played with Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws at The Saloon in my neighborhood. 

                    Before I became obsessed by Tommy's playing and watched him during his tip jar days my favorite West Coast Band was the Dynatones which featured Randy on bass.  One of my all time favorite tunes from the early TCB was Randy's spin on the Gary U S Bonds song "Out of Work".  Considering the state of today's economy I'm betting on being able to hear that one again sometime during the next year!  

                    Seeing some activity on this site is a kick.  I've been updating the calendar on the group's home page forever but facebook has become the go to for net fun.  Being able to discuss with folks at length isn't possible there. I went long winded above as an example of what's not possible on facebook so, tell your friends....reviews of TCB gigs you've seen, reviews of the venues they play in, ride share requests and offers, etc. are things done better on yahoo groups and without identity theft phishing is one of the advantages here.    

                    Thanks to ya for coming out of lurk mode for a sec!  Come on back, I'll keep a light on for ya!

                    Jack 

                        


                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: krazeeonu <krazeeonu@...>
                    To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                    Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 1:21 pm
                    Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                     
                    I met Tommy, Randy, Keith and Billy years ago, right after Shad left the band.  I have all TCBs cds, I love every single note they've played over the years and I 've had the pleasure of seeing TCB with all the lineup changes.  I hate to see Scott go but I think it's fantastic Randy is returning to the band. Keith.....TCB won't be the same without you.....you're the best,someone will fill your spot but not your shoes.  I looked forward to seeing TCB in the future, but seeing TCB without Randy was like seeing the Beatles without George...and seeing TCB without Keith is like seeing the E Street Band without Clarence...just quite not the same.  Keith, don't leave...Tommy, get Shad back or Billy....then things will be back to normal again. I miss the ole TCB from years ago.
                     
                    Jerry
                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                    To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                    Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 5:39 pm
                    Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                     
                    CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                    Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                    Scott

                    I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                    Randy

                    When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                    Keith

                    Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                    Tom

                    Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                    Tony

                    Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                    What a band

                    The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                    I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                    Why?

                    There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                    I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                    The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                    That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                    I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                    I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                    Peace,

                    Tommy

                  • Raiderman
                    Something that Keith may want to think about is this. There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won t play to a bigger crown then what
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                      Something that Keith may want to think about is this.

                      There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won't play to a bigger crown then what Tommy brings in at any show.

                      I love his stuff, and he adds so much to the band.  What I think should be done is this.

                      If he really wants to do solo stuff, why not open for Tommy at every show?  Come out, play 45 mins or so and see how it goes?

                      George Thorogood had the same thing happen to him with a few members of his band.  So instead of letting them leave, he told the guys ( i forgot which members of his band) they could open for him at his solo shows.
                      When he was in INDY they did and were pretty good.  I had no idea until I saw 2 or 3 of the same guys from the opener in the main show.  Then another fan told me about it.

                      I asked George after the show and he said he wanted to keep his band so he did what he had to do.

                      We have a pretty good music section here, and even the jazz clubs struggle.  I just think that he would be better off staying with Tommy.  Once you leave it can be hard to get back.


                      Hope things work out for the best.

                      Can't wait to see the band again, the shows are better each and every time.



                      --- On Sun, 12/4/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                      From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                      Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                      To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                      Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:39 PM

                       

                      CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                      Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                      Scott

                      I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                      Randy

                      When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                      Keith

                      Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                      Tom

                      Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                      Tony

                      Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                      What a band

                      The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                      I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                      Why?

                      There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                      I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                      The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                      That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                      I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                      I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                      Peace,

                      Tommy

                    • Jack
                      I m pretty sure Keith has had most of those thoughts but it isn t his idea to leave the band--Tommy wants to go forward with a back to basics trio or quartet
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                        I'm pretty sure Keith has had most of those thoughts but it isn't his idea to leave the band--Tommy wants to go forward with a back to basics trio or quartet format like he had when he was passing a tip jar after sets  like he did when I first saw him and stalked him three times a week at different dives around the Bay Area a few decades ago.   The present state of the economy is a huge part of his decision making along with the desire to gain new inspiration and move his music in new directions.  At his show at Biscuits and Blues last Sunday he spent a lot of time boasting about being able to play with the Blues Music Award Best Band in the world (Blues Music Award is given by the International Blues Foundation) so his decision must be a painful necessity.  You might want to re-read Tommy's post. He does end with, " I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future".   Until then, his true fans will stay faithful. If one of you wants to underwrite the band and pay for the expenses of bus repairs, hotels, air travel, meals, supplies, etc. he might want to keep the staus quo.  I'm just sayin'.............................


                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                        To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:18 pm
                        Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                         
                        Something that Keith may want to think about is this.

                        There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won't play to a bigger crown then what Tommy brings in at any show.

                        I love his stuff, and he adds so much to the band.  What I think should be done is this.

                        If he really wants to do solo stuff, why not open for Tommy at every show?  Come out, play 45 mins or so and see how it goes?

                        George Thorogood had the same thing happen to him with a few members of his band.  So instead of letting them leave, he told the guys ( i forgot which members of his band) they could open for him at his solo shows.
                        When he was in INDY they did and were pretty good.  I had no idea until I saw 2 or 3 of the same guys from the opener in the main show.  Then another fan told me about it.

                        I asked George after the show and he said he wanted to keep his band so he did what he had to do.

                        We have a pretty good music section here, and even the jazz clubs struggle.  I just think that he would be better off staying with Tommy.  Once you leave it can be hard to get back.


                        Hope things work out for the best.

                        Can't wait to see the band again, the shows are better each and every time.



                        --- On Sun, 12/4/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                        From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                        Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                        To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                        Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:39 PM

                         
                        CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                        Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                        Scott

                        I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                        Randy

                        When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                        Keith

                        Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                        Tom

                        Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                        Tony

                        Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                        What a band

                        The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                        I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                        Why?

                        There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                        I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                        The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                        That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                        I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                        I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                        Peace,

                        Tommy

                      • Raiderman
                        I get what you are saying, but Tommy isn t going to a 3 piece band, he s staying at 4, if YOU re-read what he wrote:The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me),
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                          I get what you are saying, but Tommy isn't going to a 3 piece band, he's staying at 4, if YOU re-read what he wrote:
                          The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                          There will be another person playing the sax in the band.

                          I love the band and never miss a show when they are in Indy.  Can't wait for the next stop.


                          --- On Thu, 12/8/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                          From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                          Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                          To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                          Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 4:59 AM

                           

                          I'm pretty sure Keith has had most of those thoughts but it isn't his idea to leave the band--Tommy wants to go forward with a back to basics trio or quartet format like he had when he was passing a tip jar after sets  like he did when I first saw him and stalked him three times a week at different dives around the Bay Area a few decades ago.   The present state of the economy is a huge part of his decision making along with the desire to gain new inspiration and move his music in new directions.  At his show at Biscuits and Blues last Sunday he spent a lot of time boasting about being able to play with the Blues Music Award Best Band in the world (Blues Music Award is given by the International Blues Foundation) so his decision must be a painful necessity.  You might want to re-read Tommy's post. He does end with, " I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future".   Until then, his true fans will stay faithful. If one of you wants to underwrite the band and pay for the expenses of bus repairs, hotels, air travel, meals, supplies, etc. he might want to keep the staus quo.  I'm just sayin'.............................



                          -----Original Message-----
                          From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                          To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:18 pm
                          Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                           
                          Something that Keith may want to think about is this.

                          There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won't play to a bigger crown then what Tommy brings in at any show.

                          I love his stuff, and he adds so much to the band.  What I think should be done is this.

                          If he really wants to do solo stuff, why not open for Tommy at every show?  Come out, play 45 mins or so and see how it goes?

                          George Thorogood had the same thing happen to him with a few members of his band.  So instead of letting them leave, he told the guys ( i forgot which members of his band) they could open for him at his solo shows.
                          When he was in INDY they did and were pretty good.  I had no idea until I saw 2 or 3 of the same guys from the opener in the main show.  Then another fan told me about it.

                          I asked George after the show and he said he wanted to keep his band so he did what he had to do.

                          We have a pretty good music section here, and even the jazz clubs struggle.  I just think that he would be better off staying with Tommy.  Once you leave it can be hard to get back.


                          Hope things work out for the best.

                          Can't wait to see the band again, the shows are better each and every time.



                          --- On Sun, 12/4/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                          From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                          Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                          To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                          Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:39 PM

                           
                          CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                          Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                          Scott

                          I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                          Randy

                          When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                          Keith

                          Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                          Tom

                          Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                          Tony

                          Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                          What a band

                          The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                          I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                          Why?

                          There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                          I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                          The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                          That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                          I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                          I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                          Peace,

                          Tommy

                        • Young4ever49@aol.com
                          I love all the action going on in this group. I have only followed Tommy for the last 6 years but see him every chance that I get. I also saw him at Buscuits
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                            I love all the action going on in this group.  I have only followed Tommy for the last 6 years but see him every chance that I get.  I also saw him at Buscuits and Blues in San Francisco last Sunday evening.  At first you could cut the tension with a knife when the band was on stage, but Tommy was very professional and is one classy dude.  He and the band played their butts off.  Tommy could be a one man act and I would go see him perform.  This has got to be a very difficult decision he's had to make.  I've already got my ticket and hotel room booked in Petaluma to see him on New Years Eve.  One of the best New Years Eve parties that I've EVER been to in the past.
                             
                            Karen

                            -----Original Message-----
                            From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                            To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                            Sent: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 7:08 am
                            Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                             

                            I get what you are saying, but Tommy isn't going to a 3 piece band, he's staying at 4, if YOU re-read what he wrote:
                            The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                            There will be another person playing the sax in the band.

                            I love the band and never miss a show when they are in Indy.  Can't wait for the next stop.


                            --- On Thu, 12/8/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                            From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                            Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                            To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                            Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 4:59 AM

                             
                            I'm pretty sure Keith has had most of those thoughts but it isn't his idea to leave the band--Tommy wants to go forward with a back to basics trio or quartet format like he had when he was passing a tip jar after sets  like he did when I first saw him and stalked him three times a week at different dives around the Bay Area a few decades ago.   The present state of the economy is a huge part of his decision making along with the desire to gain new inspiration and move his music in new directions.  At his show at Biscuits and Blues last Sunday he spent a lot of time boasting about being able to play with the Blues Music Award Best Band in the world (Blues Music Award is given by the International Blues Foundation) so his decision must be a painful necessity.  You might want to re-read Tommy's post. He does end with, " I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future".   Until then, his true fans will stay faithful. If one of you wants to underwrite the band and pay for the expenses of bus repairs, hotels, air travel, meals, supplies, etc. he might want to keep the staus quo.  I'm just sayin'.............................


                            -----Original Message-----
                            From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                            To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                            Sent: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:18 pm
                            Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                             
                            Something that Keith may want to think about is this.

                            There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won't play to a bigger crown then what Tommy brings in at any show.

                            I love his stuff, and he adds so much to the band.  What I think should be done is this.

                            If he really wants to do solo stuff, why not open for Tommy at every show?  Come out, play 45 mins or so and see how it goes?

                            George Thorogood had the same thing happen to him with a few members of his band.  So instead of letting them leave, he told the guys ( i forgot which members of his band) they could open for him at his solo shows.
                            When he was in INDY they did and were pretty good.  I had no idea until I saw 2 or 3 of the same guys from the opener in the main show.  Then another fan told me about it.

                            I asked George after the show and he said he wanted to keep his band so he did what he had to do.

                            We have a pretty good music section here, and even the jazz clubs struggle.  I just think that he would be better off staying with Tommy.  Once you leave it can be hard to get back.


                            Hope things work out for the best.

                            Can't wait to see the band again, the shows are better each and every time.



                            --- On Sun, 12/4/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                            From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                            Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                            To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                            Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:39 PM

                             
                            CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                            Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                            Scott

                            I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                            Randy

                            When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                            Keith

                            Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                            Tom

                            Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                            Tony

                            Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                            What a band

                            The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                            I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                            Why?

                            There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                            I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                            The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                            That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                            I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                            I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                            Peace,

                            Tommy

                          • Jack
                            I have read what he wrote and heard what he said and that 4th slot hasn t been filled yet and there could be a gig or two (or three) right after the new year
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                              I have read what he wrote and heard what he said and that 4th slot hasn't been filled yet and there could be a gig or two (or three) right after the new year where it'll be a threesome or an active tryout for the fourth! 


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                              From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                              To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                              Sent: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 7:08 am
                              Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                               

                              I get what you are saying, but Tommy isn't going to a 3 piece band, he's staying at 4, if YOU re-read what he wrote:
                              The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                              There will be another person playing the sax in the band.

                              I love the band and never miss a show when they are in Indy.  Can't wait for the next stop.


                              --- On Thu, 12/8/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                              From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                              Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                              To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                              Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 4:59 AM

                               
                              I'm pretty sure Keith has had most of those thoughts but it isn't his idea to leave the band--Tommy wants to go forward with a back to basics trio or quartet format like he had when he was passing a tip jar after sets  like he did when I first saw him and stalked him three times a week at different dives around the Bay Area a few decades ago.   The present state of the economy is a huge part of his decision making along with the desire to gain new inspiration and move his music in new directions.  At his show at Biscuits and Blues last Sunday he spent a lot of time boasting about being able to play with the Blues Music Award Best Band in the world (Blues Music Award is given by the International Blues Foundation) so his decision must be a painful necessity.  You might want to re-read Tommy's post. He does end with, " I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future".   Until then, his true fans will stay faithful. If one of you wants to underwrite the band and pay for the expenses of bus repairs, hotels, air travel, meals, supplies, etc. he might want to keep the staus quo.  I'm just sayin'.............................


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                              From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                              To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                              Sent: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:18 pm
                              Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                               
                              Something that Keith may want to think about is this.

                              There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won't play to a bigger crown then what Tommy brings in at any show.

                              I love his stuff, and he adds so much to the band.  What I think should be done is this.

                              If he really wants to do solo stuff, why not open for Tommy at every show?  Come out, play 45 mins or so and see how it goes?

                              George Thorogood had the same thing happen to him with a few members of his band.  So instead of letting them leave, he told the guys ( i forgot which members of his band) they could open for him at his solo shows.
                              When he was in INDY they did and were pretty good.  I had no idea until I saw 2 or 3 of the same guys from the opener in the main show.  Then another fan told me about it.

                              I asked George after the show and he said he wanted to keep his band so he did what he had to do.

                              We have a pretty good music section here, and even the jazz clubs struggle.  I just think that he would be better off staying with Tommy.  Once you leave it can be hard to get back.


                              Hope things work out for the best.

                              Can't wait to see the band again, the shows are better each and every time.



                              --- On Sun, 12/4/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                              From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                              Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                              To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                              Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:39 PM

                               
                              CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                              Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                              Scott

                              I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                              Randy

                              When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                              Keith

                              Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                              Tom

                              Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                              Tony

                              Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                              What a band

                              The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                              I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                              Why?

                              There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                              I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                              The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                              That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                              I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                              I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                              Peace,

                              Tommy

                            • Jack
                              I was at the Sunday gig also and, as usual, The TCB was on their game and put on a great show. The second set was jamming (literaly) with some of Tommy s long
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                                I was at the Sunday gig also and, as usual, The TCB was on their game and put on a great show.  The second set was jamming (literaly) with some of Tommy's long time buds up on the bandstand.  That story about drumer Artie Chavez starting out as a duo (they didn't know anyone else who played yet) in their carport back in junior high was one of my highlights of the night and another was getting yanked off my barstool for one of the last dance ops of the night.  I've known all of TC's Bay Area homey crew longer than I've known him (and a couple of his wives as well!) so seeing them wasn't that painful since I bump into them often when they're in port but I'm hoping Scot gets picked up by a touring act that'll bring him back to our area because he is something special and will be missed...however, Randy was in the Dynatones when I had my hand in the band booking biz and I've known him longer than all the rest and am sooo happy he's back.  I'm hoping his spin on Gary U S Bonds "I'm Out of Work" will be resurrected and featured at some of the gigs in 2012!
                                 
                                Jack   



                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: Young4ever49 <Young4ever49@...>
                                To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                                Sent: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 8:08 am
                                Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                                 
                                I love all the action going on in this group.  I have only followed Tommy for the last 6 years but see him every chance that I get.  I also saw him at Buscuits and Blues in San Francisco last Sunday evening.  At first you could cut the tension with a knife when the band was on stage, but Tommy was very professional and is one classy dude.  He and the band played their butts off.  Tommy could be a one man act and I would go see him perform.  This has got to be a very difficult decision he's had to make.  I've already got my ticket and hotel room booked in Petaluma to see him on New Years Eve.  One of the best New Years Eve parties that I've EVER been to in the past.
                                 
                                Karen

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                                From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                                To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                                Sent: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 7:08 am
                                Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                                 

                                I get what you are saying, but Tommy isn't going to a 3 piece band, he's staying at 4, if YOU re-read what he wrote:
                                The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                                There will be another person playing the sax in the band.

                                I love the band and never miss a show when they are in Indy.  Can't wait for the next stop.


                                --- On Thu, 12/8/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                                From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                                Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                                To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                                Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 4:59 AM

                                 
                                I'm pretty sure Keith has had most of those thoughts but it isn't his idea to leave the band--Tommy wants to go forward with a back to basics trio or quartet format like he had when he was passing a tip jar after sets  like he did when I first saw him and stalked him three times a week at different dives around the Bay Area a few decades ago.   The present state of the economy is a huge part of his decision making along with the desire to gain new inspiration and move his music in new directions.  At his show at Biscuits and Blues last Sunday he spent a lot of time boasting about being able to play with the Blues Music Award Best Band in the world (Blues Music Award is given by the International Blues Foundation) so his decision must be a painful necessity.  You might want to re-read Tommy's post. He does end with, " I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future".   Until then, his true fans will stay faithful. If one of you wants to underwrite the band and pay for the expenses of bus repairs, hotels, air travel, meals, supplies, etc. he might want to keep the staus quo.  I'm just sayin'.............................


                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: Raiderman <raiderman_16@...>
                                To: thetommycastroband <thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com>
                                Sent: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:18 pm
                                Subject: Re: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --

                                 
                                Something that Keith may want to think about is this.

                                There are zero blues sax player solo acts that pack houses.  He won't play to a bigger crown then what Tommy brings in at any show.

                                I love his stuff, and he adds so much to the band.  What I think should be done is this.

                                If he really wants to do solo stuff, why not open for Tommy at every show?  Come out, play 45 mins or so and see how it goes?

                                George Thorogood had the same thing happen to him with a few members of his band.  So instead of letting them leave, he told the guys ( i forgot which members of his band) they could open for him at his solo shows.
                                When he was in INDY they did and were pretty good.  I had no idea until I saw 2 or 3 of the same guys from the opener in the main show.  Then another fan told me about it.

                                I asked George after the show and he said he wanted to keep his band so he did what he had to do.

                                We have a pretty good music section here, and even the jazz clubs struggle.  I just think that he would be better off staying with Tommy.  Once you leave it can be hard to get back.


                                Hope things work out for the best.

                                Can't wait to see the band again, the shows are better each and every time.



                                --- On Sun, 12/4/11, Jack <JCBluz@...> wrote:

                                From: Jack <JCBluz@...>
                                Subject: [The Tommy Castro Band ] A message from, Tommy --
                                To: thetommycastroband@yahoogroups.com
                                Date: Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:39 PM

                                 
                                CHANGES TO THE TOMMY CASTRO BAND ARE COMING IN 2012

                                Some of you have asked about the upcoming changes in the TCB ….

                                Scott

                                I am a huge Scot Sutherland fan. I have really enjoyed having him in the band these last few years … professionally, musically and personally … not to mention he's a pretty good bus driver. &#8232;The trouble is he lives in Des Moines and we work in CA 40 to 50% of the time. When Scot joined the band, we agreed that he would be moving to the Bay Area after a time. That really wasn't possible after all for a number of reasons, but mostly it would have been really hard for his family. We tried our best to make it work. It meant that he had to stay out west for weeks at a time. I flew him back him and forth from Iowa in addition to the regular band travel. He and his family are amazing and have been dealing with this all this time.

                                Randy

                                When founding member, bassist Randy Mc Donald expressed and interest in coming back, I had a decision to make. &#8232;Randy was with me for 17 years. He was a huge part of the TCB original sound and style. We recorded 11 records together and toured over a million miles together. He was always the band's road manager. Things have not run as smoothly as they did when he was on the job. He lives here in the Bay Area. &#8232;I really need the help running this band right now. I am sad to see Scot go but at the same time I am very excited to have Randy Mc Donald, my right hand man, back.

                                Keith

                                Keith has been with me since the beginning … over 20 years. He's a great guy and a real professional. He has a unique sound. You can tell it's him playing after a couple of notes. All these years, he has been a big part of the TCB sound. He's a soulful player and always gives 100%. We've had a lot of laughs. He's one of the funniest guys I know. His humor on the bus in the middle of tough travel or difficult situations has been priceless. Keith has a good start on a solo career, and I plan to help him any way I can. He will have a copy of our email list, so you should be getting notices about shows with his band or anything else he is doing. He has some stuff booked for next year and there will be more to come.

                                Tom

                                Tom Poole played on all but one of our studio recordings and joined the band full time several years ago. The horn parts on the records were arranged and written by Tom working with Keith and whichever producer we were working with at the time. These were incredible contributions to all of those projects. We were lucky to get a musician of this caliber in the band considering his background playing with Etta James, Boz Skaggs, Gregg Allman, Bobby Womack and a dozen other big stars. Tom is a consummate professional and another really good guy, and he grows the best tomatoes in the San Francisco peninsula.

                                Tony

                                Tony played keys on Painkiller and Hard Believer. We were once a 4 piece band with 1 horn, then a 5 piece with 2 horns and, after Hard Believer, I decide we had to have Tony with us as we toured behind that record. The parts he created were so great I had to try and make it work out somehow. He was the missing link. The band was complete. Tony is a very professional, highly trained musician, and a great guy to work with.

                                What a band

                                The whole band got better every night. It has been a great run. The Alligator Records signing, Hard Believer, The 2010 Blues Music Awards Band Of The Year, The Blues Cruises. The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, hundreds of great gigs.
                                I am grateful to all of these guys for all their hard work and soulful performances.

                                Why?

                                There are a few things that led to the changes that will happen next year.

                                I've explained the Scot/Randy thing above. Another thing is that as an artist I feel the need to change. I listen to new music as well as older music. I've been wanting to simplify things. I'm hearing a grittier blues-based guitar driven sound, similar to the original TCB sound, but driven by new material. I have no desire to go back to anything, although I will be revisiting some of the better songs from our catalog, maybe doing something different with them. I'm going to bring back the old strat, add a couple of new axes and actually play them, and play some slide on a few songs. This is just a few of the ideas. I know Randy will have some good ideas too, he always does. And, Byron Cage is a very talented drummer, and brings lot of energy and a fresh, slightly different style of drumming than anyone we have worked with before.

                                The instrumentation will be Guitar (Me), Bass, (Randy), Drums (Byron) and fourth member that will play Keyboards and Sax to complete the new quartet.

                                That position is open at the moment. I have to tell you that, although it is difficult for me to make these changes, I am very excited about the new leaner, meaner TCB that we are forming. The other consideration, of course, is that a band the size of the current line up is hard to justify in many cases. Many of you have said so yourself, how the hell does he do it? We get a lot of good gigs–festivals, casinos, large clubs, theatres and The Blues Cruise–but a good percentage of the time we need to play a small club or venue that does not warrant a band this size. Sometimes I lose money on the gig. Travel is more expensive, fuel is more expensive, hotels are more expensive, but the fees and ticket prices haven't gone up for years in most cases. So " Trimmin' Fat" and "I'm Not Broken" are stories of my life.

                                I have no regrets at all for bringing this incarnation of TCB together and bringing this amazing group to all of you in your towns. It's been a great ride. I love these guys like we were brothers in a slightly dysfunctional family. I'm sure there will be times when we will play together again in the future.

                                I wish them nothing but the best. The last show for the current TCB will be January 2012 LRBC.

                                Peace,

                                Tommy

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