Tokyo Rosenthal

  • Tokyo Rosenthal, Americana - Singer-Songwriter

About Tokyo Rosenthal

Tokyo Rosenthal, “Toke,” has spanned the music scene for three decades. In a career that started with the country rock boom, Rosenthal has honed his craft and “Rootsy/ Americana with a little blues thrown in” sound to perfection. Toke made his reputation while living in Rhode Island, New York, and Los Angeles, heading the groups Harpo and Slapshot and Treo Gato in addition to his solo endeavors. He now lives in Chapel Hill, NC, which has allowed him to team up with the famed producer and recording star Chris Stamey in the studio. Toke’s tracks have garnered radio airplay in the U.S. and Canada, the UK, and Europe.

In 2007, the song “Edmonton” off his album “One Score And Ten” led to Toke receiving the key to the city of Edmonton as an award for cultural and artistic contributions to Alberta’s capitol city, a month long tour of Canada sponsored by West Jet Airlines, 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. The touring bug had bit Toke and he was never going to be the same.

Toke has also opened for America, Stephen Stills, Rick Roberts, Josh Williams, Jackie Leven, and Come On In My Kitchen, in addition to headlining shows. His recent festival work includes SXSW, The Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Carrboro Music Festival, Tyler’s Americana Festival, and the World Music United Festival.

His move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina allowed him to team up with the famed producer and recording star Chris Stamey in the studio. But prior to that 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.

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 received an honor in Ireland for his composition and recording of “Killaloe” in May of 2013.

In 2014, Toke began hosting his own weekly syndicated radio show, “The Tokyo Rosenthal Program,” as a prelude to the newly released, “Afterlife,” Toke’s 6th studio album.

In 2016, Toke launched a new program called Americana All-Stars, where he pooled his clout with several other Americana artists to fill larger venues than one individual could fill solo.

In 2017, Toke released “This Minstrel Life” featuring “Now I Believe There’s A Devil”, his take on current events in the US, and “The Last Seder”, a companion song to his newly released non-fiction book, “Our Last Seder” out on Mascot Books. In December 2017, Toke embarked on a tour of the East Coast of the US with his book, with book signing events at Barnes & Noble stores in addition to shows at choice venues along the way. Check out “This Minstrel Life” on Reverbnation.

In 2019, Tokyo reached back to the “Rock Archives” with a rootsy cover version of “Come A Little Bit Closer.” It featured Rosenthal regulars Allyn Love on dobro and David Giuseppe on accordion as well as Chris Stamey on bass. In yet another twist, the track featured a group of Ohio singers billed as the Ohio Americana Rock Choir.

Always writing and always gigging, his musical journey continues…

Recent Profile by Music Mecca:
Music Mecca is a Nashville-based online publication featuring artist interviews, release news, show reviews, & more.

Some quotes about Tokyo Rosenthal:

  • Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can”.
  • “Take Jackson Browne’s 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”

Recent Tour History

2020 – Now booking!
Jan – Mar – North Carolina
Nov – planned tour of northeast US

Oct – Dec – North Carolina
Sept – Oct – Scotland, UK
Jan – Sept – North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina

June – Dec – North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio
Jan – May – North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina

December – East Coast Book Tour for “Our Last Seder”
June – Oct – North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina
February – May – North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina

September – December – Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina
August – Americana All-Stars – Mid-Atlantic
April – Northeast Tour – Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts
May – Americana All-Stars – North Carolina

Huge tour of the United Kingdom with stops in Ireland, Scotland, and England
Tokyo Rosenthal Program (Radio Show)

Toke began hosting his own weekly syndicated radio show, “The Tokyo Rosenthal Program”
Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee

Southeast, Northeast, Colorado, Ireland (Killaloe), UK

Headlined at The Bitter End
Extensively performing all over the East Coast including The Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland
Austin, Texas to perform at SXSW
web cast live from Threadgill’s on Music Fog
Ireland tour – from County Clare to Belfast

West Coast tour including Los Angeles
SXSW in Austin, Texas and other Texas bookings
UK for the fifth time for 15 nights
Midwest for 10 days in the Fall

Northeast U.S. highlight – headlining at the world famous Bitter End in New York City
“UK Tour IV” extensive tour of US

Holland and Scotland, 2 weeks in February for a radio concert tour
Germany in the spring
UK in the fall

August – Japan
Debuted in The Netherlands in October
November in New York City, Woodstock, & Boston
“Heartland” tour from North Carolina to Texas
World Music United Festival in San Marcos

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For Bookings / Info.
Please contact ACR Management: or call:  252-402-5395

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One Score and Ten, 2007, “Edmonton”

Love Won Out, 2008, “St. Patrick’s Day” – Americana chart
“Mister Tell Me ‘Bout The Great Depression”

Ghosts, 2010 – #5 Euro Americana Chart

Who Was That Man, 2011 – #5 FAR Chart,
#5 Alternate Roots Chart, #8 Euro Americana Chart

Tokyo’s Fifth, 2012, “What Did I Used To Be?” – #9 I Am Entertainment Chart
“Mulberry Place” – #1 Sing Rush Chart
“Killaloe”, 2013

Afterlife, 2014
“Shreveport” – #6 on NBT’s “The Best Tracks of 2015”

This Minstrel Life, 2017
“Now I Believe There’s A Devil”
“The Last Seder”, companion song to the book “Our Last Seder”

“Come a Little Bit Closer”, cover single, 2019

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