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Interview:
Boat Trips Inspire Castro Revue Tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Being a regular on the Blues Cruise ocean trips has led California guitarist Tommy Castro to cruise the country with his own Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue.

“We go out on the Blues Cruise once or twice a year, and there’s always a lot of jamming going on,” says Castro, 54, who’s hosting Joe Louis Walker and Debbie Davies on his current trek. “All the players like to get together and jam in different situations, mostly in the designated pro jam after everybody’s show is done; it starts about 1 a.m. on the back deck of the cruise ship and goes on for hours, and a lot of cool things happen.

“And I thought if we could try something like that on land, it might work well. So here we are.”

Castro’s revue is set up with he and his band performing first, then Walker and Davies doing a few of their own songs before ending the show with a free-form jam session.

“Jamming is always a blast,” says Castro, who’s also supporting his 2009 album “Hard Believer.” “Anything can happen there. The exciting thing is, because it’s not rehearsed and we don’t know what we’re gonna do before we get there, there’s always the potential for disaster.

“I think that’s why people like to witness it so much. It’s a little bit like watching cliff diving; you hope that everybody makes it into the water safely, but the chances of things going really wrong is there, so it makes for an exciting time.”



The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker and Debbie Davies plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $35 and $30. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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