“Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can” “Take Jackson Brownes’ personal confessions and wrap them in Kris Kristofferson’s world weary tales of broken relationships and you have an idea of what to...
“Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can” “Take Jackson Brownes’ personal confessions and wrap them in Kris Kristofferson’s world weary tales of broken relationships and you have an idea of what to expect from Tokyo Rosenthal. “This is Americana with real teeth in the lyrics
This and more is what the critics are saying about Tokyo Rosenthal. But it wasn’t an overnight trip. Hardly, as “Toke” has spanned the music scene for three decades. But it’s most recently that recognition has finally reached him through the recording of his latest CD, “One Score And Ten”
The song “Edmonton” off this album led to Rosenthal receiving the key to the city of Edmonton as an award for cultural and artistic contributions to Alberta’s capital city. This led to a month long tour of Canada this past Summer, TV and Radio appearances, and an opening slot for several nights in Toronto for Rock n Roll Hall of Famer and former Byrd and Burrito Brother Chris Hillman. Toke was personally picked by Chris to share the bill. He has also opened for the likes of America, Rick Roberts and Come On In My Kitchen in addition to headlining shows. His recent festival work includes The Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Carrboro Music Festival andTyler’s Americana Festival.
In a career that started with the country rock boom, Rosenthal has honed his craft and tooled his “rootsy, Americana with a little blues thrown in” sound to perfection. His recent move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina has allowed him to team up with the “master of the electric bass”, Alex Little on stage and famed producer and recording star Chris Stamey in the studio But prior to the move Rosenthal made his reputation while living in Rhode Island, New York, and Los Angeles. He headed such groups as the legendary Harpo and Slapshot and Treo Gato as well as his solo endeavors. This has helped the new CD receive radio airplay in the U.S. as well as Canada and radio stations in the UK and Europe are spinning Tokyo now too
While content to let the critics compare his style to others Tokyo doesn’t hesitate to point out his influences, who include The Band, The Byrds, Gene Clark, Emmy Lou Harris, and believe it or not Janis Joplin. Toke’s version of “Piece Of My Heart” always sets off a crowd reaction
As 2008 begins we see Tokyo Rosenthal recording a new single entitled “St. Patrick’s Day”, starting a Northeast US tour in New York on March 26th and planning a Europe tour for April. And of course playing all over North Carolina. Always writing and always gigging, his musical journey continues
by AMERICANA UK AmericanaUK Tokyo Rosenthal "One Score and Ten" (Rock and Sock Records 2008) So good they named a city after him (and gave him the keys to Edmonton) Tokyo Rosenthal appears to have spent the past...
by AMERICANA UK AmericanaUK Tokyo Rosenthal "One Score and Ten" (Rock and Sock Records 2008)
So good they named a city after him (and gave him the keys to Edmonton)
Tokyo Rosenthal appears to have spent the past three decades as somewhat of a musical journeyman. With the release of 'One Score and Ten', he is now receiving the attention that his songs deserve.
Rosenthal is a cynical lyricist (this is always a good thing in my book) and a talented multi instrumentalist. Musically, he travels over a good portion of the map. Opener, 'My Reflection' has shades of The Doors in the shamanistic vocal delivery, while 'What's So Bad About Being Misunderstood' comes on like 'Desire' era Dylan. Rosenthal is also a dab hand at straight ahead country ('You're Dead To me Now') and ballads ('Long Ago I Knew Someone Like You').
Tokyo Rosenthal writes decent songs and 'One Score and Ten' is a pleasure to listen to. Ultimately, the album lacks any standout 'classic' tracks but it is still a solid effort and one that should give Rosenthal a higher profile on the Americana scene.
Date review added: Friday, June 13, 2008
Reviewer: Dan Wilkinson