"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.
The song "Edmonton" off the album "One Score And Ten" led to Rosenthal receiving the key to the city of Edmonton as an award for cultural and artistic contributions to Alberta’s capitol city. That led to a month long tour of Canada, 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 and the World Music United Festival.But this was just the beginning!
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 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 him 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, The Indigo Girls, Gene Clark, Emmylou Harris, and believe it or not Janis Joplin. Toke’s version of "Piece Of My Heart" always sets off a crowd reaction.
In 2008 we saw Tokyo Rosenthal releasing a new CD entitled "Love Won Out", that features the single "St. Patrick’s Day", to critical acclaim. This CD broke into the charts reaching #11 on the Euro Americana Chart, #14 on the Far Chart and #10 on the North Carolina Roots chart. He completed a Northeast US tour in March and a UK tour in April. In August he toured Japan and he debuted in The Netherlands in October. In November Toke was back in New York City followed by Woodstock and Boston and then made a "Heartland" tour from North Carolina to Texas and back, headlining along the way at the World Music United Festival in San Marcos.
He began 2009 with the release of the timely and moving single, "Mister Tell Me ‘Bout The Great Depression" and returned to Holland and Scotland for 2 weeks in February for a radio concert tour. This was followed by Germany in the spring and another tour of the UK in the fall. And of course he played all over North Carolina while recording his new album, “Ghosts”, released in January 2010. 'Ghosts" hit # 5 on the Euro Americana chart the first month it was out and has received rave reviews the world over. This led to yet another UK tour in April/May and a headlining "gig" at the world famous Bitter End in NYC.
Always writing and always gigging, his musical journey continues.