San Francisco Singer/Songwriter Tom Casino Releases Buesy New Album, Receives Critical Acclaim

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Veteran blues artist Tom Casino emerges from San Francisco music scene with critically acclaimed album, which includes an unconventional cover of The Ramones.

Veteran blues artist Tom Casino emerges from San Francisco music scene with critically acclaimed album, which includes an unconventional cover of The Ramones.

Combine the bluesy swagger of Jim Morrison with the gravel-pit crooning of Tom Waits and the soulful rasp of Louis Armstrong, and you have the ingredients that form Tom Casino. Born in a shotgun shack somewhere east of Little Italy, Casino developed a mad love for music at the age of 10, when he was given a Dobro by his uncle. At the time, Casino dreamt of becoming a jazz player; feeling the fire in his belly, Casino was determined to master the art of the riff.

Then something happened which startled him, shook his world: The British Invasion. Suddenly, Casino's imagination was alive with sonic possibilities as English rock groups such as the Beatles and Cream took guitars to another level, and the teenaged Casino gradually realized that music should have no stylistic boundaries. Casino was mesmerized by the explosion of craft, skill, and artistry surrounding him, from Eric Clapton to B.B. King to Mike Bloomfield.

After many years performing with other, more established musicians, Casino decided it was time to let his talents be tossed into the spotlight. With his new album "Lucky In Love," Casino holds nothing back, allowing decades of blues, jazz, and classic-rock influences to mingle and mate. The songs represent various sides of his personality, from the raw lust of the title track to the self-deprecating wit of "Chopstick Blues." Musically, Casino colors his chords with different shades, giving "Seniorita de Suerte" a Latin-rock pulse a la Santana and the Ramones' punk standard "I Wanna Be Sedated" a cocktail jazz makeover.

Now receiving airplay on NPR and Triple A stations nationally, "Lucky In Love" has been the toast of music critics as well. "Brimming with good-natured humor and a party-hard attitude," raved INK 19. "There is more asphalt in that voice than a newly paved road, and it is a joy to listen to." All About Jazz praised Casino's "big, booming vocals," adding that, "In the world of the blues, where grit and grime are the key ingredients to authenticity, Casino's raspy singing will be given warm hugs."

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