North Carolina-based Americana songwriter, performer and former boxer Tokyo Rosenthal, who in fact isn't Japanese but as American as you can get, has a new CD, 'Love Won Out'.
Produced by Tokyo with additional production by indie music legend Chris Stamey, Rosenthal's new CD, featuring the single "St. Patrick's Day" and the title track "Love Won Out", was recorded at Stamey's Modern Recording studio, along with Chris who plays bass and harmonium and Alex Little on bass, guest artists on 'Love Won Out' include Brent Lambert (slide guitar), Bobby Britt (violin) and Jeff Taylor (flute). Also featured is Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar, who is best known for his work with the Flying Burrito Bros and Steven Still's Mannassas.
"Tokyo Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can - This is Americana with real teeth lyrics!"
Hardly an overnight success, "Toke" has spanned the music scene for three decades recording and touring the world over. He's released an EP and last year's critically acclaimed smash CD 'One Score and Ten', in which one music reviewer hailed as "one of the years's best albums, no matter what the genre!" The pinnacle of Rosenthal's recent acheivements came with the receiving of the keys to the city of Edmonton in Canada. This honor was bestowed upon Rosenthal in January 2007 by the city's mayor for Toke's song "Edmonton" as an award for cultural and artistic contributions to Alberta's capital city. "I was playing this club in Stamford, CT that had adopted the Edmonton Oilers as their Stanley Cup team during the 2006 playoffs," says Tokyo. "It seemed that everytime I would play 'Edmonton' the Oilers would score. Pretty soon they had me playing the song over and over during the playoffs and the song took on a whole different rhythm... Soon it was on the radio in Alberta and I was getting the key to the city from the mayor for writing it."
Proceeding Tokyo's prestigious award for "Edmonton" came a month long tour of Canada. The artist made many TV and radio appearances along with an opening slot for several nights in Toronto for Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famer and former Byrd and Burrito Brother, Chris Hillman. Tokyo was personally picked by Hillman to share the bill. "As a kid, he was my idol," gleams Toke, "Opening for him was like going to fantasy camp!" He also opened for the likes of America, Rick Roberts and Come On In My Kitchen in additon to headlining shows. His recent festival work includes The Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Carrboro Music Festival and Tyler's Americana Festival. Likewise, Tokyo recently completed a successful tour of Great Britain including an appearance on the BBC.
"There's fake country music and then there's Tokyo Rosenthal!"
While content to let the critics compare his style to others, Tokyo doesn't hesitate to point out his influences, including The Band, The Byrds, 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. Always on the move, Tokyo Rosenthal just arrrived back home after several successful gigs in Japan. With the release of "Love Won Out", Toke's preparing to tour the US in November along with making several live radio appearances. He will be performing at the upcoming World Music United 2008 festival, as well as a tour of UK, Scotland, the Netherlands and US Heartland Tour. For upcoming tour dates and more info on Tokyo Rosenthal visit his website: www.TokyoRosenthal.com
Tokyo Rosenthal's 'Love Won Out' is available from independent CD retailers in the US and Canada, as well as his official website.