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The Tokyo Rosenthal Program Renewed

For Immediate Release August 24, 2014 "THE TOKYO ROSENTHAL PROGRAM" RENEWED FOR A SECOND SEASON Flagship radio affiliate, WCHL, announced today that "The Tokyo Rosenthal Program" will be renewed for a second season beginning September 13th at 8pm. "The Tokyo Rosenthal Program" is an Americana music show with live guests from all over the world performing before a live audience.Award winning singer- songwriter, Tokyo Rosenthal, is the host and performs as well. The show is recorded every Thursday night at The Pittsboro Roadhouse in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The new season will begin recording on September 4th. The program is sponsored by The Music Loft of Carrboro who have also renewed for the second season. The "TRP" is also distributed on other Americana radio stations and networks including Wrecking Ball Radio, CMR Nashville, and Wildman Steve Radio. A video version is also available on You Tube courtesy of In Focus Studios. "The response to the first season far exceeded my imagination and I'm really looking forward to the stellar guests we have lined up for season two," said host Tokyo Rosenthal. "I must of course thank all of our affiliates, sponsors, The Roadhouse staff, and our Producer/Soundman Geo DeSocio." "We loved Season #1 and are excited to hear what's in store for Season #2," said WCHL General Manager Jan Bolick. "It was a great opportunity for The Roadhouse to host the inaugural season of The Tokyo Rosenthal Program!," chimed in Greg Lewis, the owner of The Roadhouse. "It's definitely exciting to be part of a live show recorded for radio syndication. Our guests enjoy it. We're looking forward to Season 2 and many more great Americana musicians." The guest schedule for Season 2 is as follows: Name Record Air Debut Pea Picken' Hearts 9/4 9/13 Reagan Boggs 9/11 9/20 Isabel Taylor 9/18 9/27 Charlie Chamberlain 9/25 10/4 Ceil & Dan 10/2 10/11 4 Ever All 10/9 10/18 Ace & T-Bone 10/16 10/25 Luis Del Rio 10/23 11/1 Paddy Burke 10/30 11/8 Barley Cove 11/13 11/22 The String Beings 11/20 11/29

Tokyo Rosenthal to Host Syndicated Radio Show

For Immediate Release: April 7,2014

Tokyo Rosenthal To Host Syndicated Radio Show

Rock & Sock Records recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal, has been selected to host a weekly, syndicated radio show featuring live performances by Americana singer-songwriters. The show, aptly titled "The Tokyo Rosenthal Program", will be recorded "live to disc" beginning June 5th. Distribution of the program will be world wide.

The show will emanate from The Pittsboro Roadhouse in Pittsboro, North Carolina before a live audience. Pittsboro is situated adjacent to "The Triangle" of North Carolina which includes Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh.

The format will have "Toke" as the performing host as well as weekly guests from all over the country. Rosenthal likes to say that the program will be akin to the old "Johnny Cash Show" on TV. "I will be opening the show with a couple of tunes before bringing on the guests," said Rosenthal. "And before the evening is over I'm sure there will be some jamming as well. The highlight of Johnny's show for me was when he played with Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and his other guests. We're gonna have some fun like that and we're going to keep it organic and not over produced." Tokyo's touring partner, Daniele Cagnotto, known the world over as Manguss, will be accompanying Toke as well as the guests on occasion.

The Pittsboro Roadhouse has been a major player in North Carolina music for a while and was a natural choice to host the area's first syndicated radio show."We're pleased that Tokyo singled out the Pittsboro Roadhouse as the ideal venue for his new Americana music show," said owner Greg Lewis. "We've been impressed with Tokyo since he first performed on our stage and are pleased that we can partner with him. The show fits right in with Pittsboro's growth as an exciting center for both the visual arts and live music."

Stations and networks are signing up now for the one hour weekly broadcast. Those already on board include WCHL(the show's flagship station in Chapel Hill), CMR Nashville, Wrecking Ball Radio, and The Wildman Steve Network. Over the next several weeks Rosenthal and company will announce the affiliates as well as the weekly schedule of guests. Plans are also in the works for a video version of the show.

Tokyo Rosenthal is an award winning singer-songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His last album, "Tokyo's Fifth", placed high on all the Americana Charts, received critical acclaim, and earned him an honor in Ireland for the song, "Killaloe". The video of the single, "What Did I Used To Be?', went "mini viral". Toke's next studio release is scheduled for January 2015.

For more information on Tokyo Rosenthal or to become an affiliate or guest on The Tokyo Rosenthal Program please log on to www.tokyorosenthal.com.

Gonna be honored in Ireland next month for "Killaloe"

For Immediate Release

Chapel Hill Singer/Songwriter Tokyo Rosenthal To Be Honored In Ireland

Chapel Hill, NC - Award winning singer/songwriter, Tokyo Rosenthal, will be honored by Ireland's The Gathering Clare on May 10th in Killaloe, County Clare, for writing and recording "Killaloe". Rosenthal wrote and recorded the tune about the town that his Aunt and Uncle called home in the late 70's and early 80's. Tokyo returned there this past September for a live performance and that inspired the song which appears on his latest CD, "Tokyo's Fifth".

"Killaloe" made its international radio debut on January 5th earlier this year on Clare FM Radio. The album subsequently hit number 4 on the Euro Americana Chart, Tokyo's highest position to date on that chart. The ceremony will take place at The Anchor Inn in Killaloe at 4pm. Tokyo will also play a free solo concert immediately following the ceremony, also at The Anchor Inn. This will kick off a two week Ireland/UK tour for Rosenthal, his sixth such tour.

"My Aunt and Uncle could never have imagined that I'd be receiving this honor in 2013 or any time for that matter, I'm overwhelmed!", said Rosenthal. "Killaloe and County Clare are some of my favorite parts of the world. I'm glad I could further immortalize this gem of people and land in a song. I thank everyone at The Gathering Clare, Clare FM, The Anchor Inn, and "the locals" for all the support and opening up their arms to me. Seeya all soon."

Speaking of Tokyo's upcoming visit to County Clare in May, Monica Meehan, The Gathering coordinator for County Clare said,"2013 is a special year for Ireland: it is the year of The Gathering and there is no better place to be than County Clare. The Gathering Clare 2013 Steering Group has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote The County and to support festival and event organizers throughout the year and extends a warm welcome to all. The Group is delighted to welcome back Tokyo Rosenthal to Killaloe. To mark his visit, the Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Daly, will pay tribute to Tokyo for his song Killaloe" at this upcoming civic event."

On the recording, Tokyo sang, played guitar, and handled percussion. He was joined on the track by Chatham County Line's John Teer on fiddle and Chris Stamey of the dB's on bass. Rosenthal records on the Rock & Sock Records label.

Rosenthal will be performing two other concerts in Ireland(Galway and Kildare) before heading to Scotland and England. His full tour schedule is available at www.tokyorosenthal.com . Copies and downloads of "Killaloe", "Tokyo's Fifth", or any of Tokyo Rosenthal's recordings are available at CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com/cd/tokyorosenthal8) , iTunes(https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tokyos-fifth/id589577325), Amazon.com and at CD Stores worldwide including FYE Stores.

For more information: www.tokyorosenthal.com

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REVIEW OF TOKYO'S FIFTH BY AMERICANA RADIO SHOW

Tokyo Rosenthal has always been a songwriter that writes about the issues of today, right this minute. He might wrap his songs in the mask of the Lone Ranger. You might catch fragments of an Irish jig wandering in and out of one of his songs. You might hear, somewhere deep, faint echos of a klezmer theme conjuring up middle European wanderers from some past century. But Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t interested in the past. He’s not a musical archaeologist He writes songs about what we’re all thinking about right now, what we’re going through today, the things that make us face ourselves. On Tokyo’s Fifth, Tokyo Rosenthal gives us ten songs that draw from musical traditions all over the globe and make us realize that we’re all more than a little bit unfamiliar and unsettled with the place we find ourselves in. Tokyo’s Fifth makes the point that we’re all immigrants now.

Take the opening track from Tokyo’s Fifth, “This Ship Will Sail.” It opens with a solo clarinet laying down a sad mournful theme that conjures up ships crammed with immigrants. But song broadens out into something more dramatic and you’re not sure if he’s singing about actual immigration of families. You’re not sure who’s coming, who’s going, who’s getting left behind. You’re not sure if the song is about actual moving or if it’s more about families being pulled apart. But it captures the feeling of, well, uprootedness, of families being pulled apart. And just when you think there might be an ethnic slant to the song, he effortlessly switches to Spanish and makes the song completely universal.

“Waste of a Heart” comes across as a classic country waltz and sounds a bit like a broken relationship song, But the opening verse blows away any preconceived notions about sad country waltzes by telling us it’s “Rosh Hashona in Dixieland.” Okay then. Tokyo;s Fifth takes our assumptions about classic roots music and applies them to new situations to create songs that are confoundingly original and familiar at the same time.

My personal favorite song on Tokyo’s Fifth is “Mulberry Place.” It feels like a traveling song complete with pedal steel that gives it a wide open, sunny, positive vibe. But the story of the song about sad bewildered people culminating in a refrain that drives home the point, “This hurt is new.”

“What Did I Used To Be” is the high point of Tokyo’s Fifth uprootedness theme. It’s about everyone feeling poorer, out of control, bewildered by small changes to everyday things. ”The Immigrant” is a sympathetic look at the humiliation illegal immigrants feel getting through the day.

With all that angst building up through the themes explored in the first five tracks of the album, it’s almost natural, almost a relief, to hit the sixth track where Tokyo thrashes through a cover of “Helter Skelter.” But like all of Toke’s songs, he manages to pull in a roots music twist. In this case, there’s a dark bluegrass-inspired fiddle in the music that cranks up the angst to 11.

The feel-good track on Tokyo’s Fifth, it’s in Killaloe, a beautiful fiddle driven melody about making peace with your place in the world and making peace with loss of a loved one. It’s the foot tapper of the album with mellow guitar licks.

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Tokyo Rosenthal Releases "Tokyo's Fifth"

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Tokyo Rosenthal Releases "Tokyo's Fifth"

Chapel Hill, NC - Rock & Sock Records announced today that they are releasing "Tokyo's Fifth" by their recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal. Appropriately titled, this is Rosenthal's fifth album on the Rock & Sock label, and number five in only six years. The record includes 9 new original tunes penned by "Toke" and a rare cover of Lennon and McCartney's "Helter Skelter". Also included on the new CD is a video of the album's first single, "What Did I Used To Be?", which went "mini-viral". This is Tokyo's latest release since the critically acclaimed "Who Was That Man?" from 2011. That album made the Top 10 on most Americana Charts.

Tokyo is joined once again by a stellar cast of musicians including himself on lead and rhythm guitar, piano, organ, and vocals. Chris Stamey (dB's) returns on bass, Will Rigby (Steve Earle and dB's) and Logan Matheny on drums, Toke's constant touring partner Charlie Chamberlain on mandolin and lead guitar, John Teer (Chatham County Line) on fiddle, Allyn Love (Pedal Steel), and Matthew Douglas and David DiGiuseppe round out the players on clarinet and accordion respectively. In addition, Tokyo is accompanied on vocals by the amazing talent of Andrea Connolly.

As eclectic as ever, "Tokyo's Fifth" opens with a clarinet lick and continues to demonstrate his versatility in writing and arranging throughout the entire album. As always the subject matter is controversial, political, and personal. Never a stranger to controversy, Toke covers unemployment, suicide, and out sourcing on the album's first single, "What Did I Used To Be?", and the immigration situation in Arizona on "The Immigrant". Tokyo revisits songs dedicated to cities and neighborhoods with "Killaloe" and "Mulberry Place", and euthanasia on "We Put You Down". Rarely recording material by other writers, Rosenthal, along with the screaming violin of Chatham County Line's John Teer, take on "Helter Skelter", in a very creative and unique arrangement of The Beatle's classic. Andrea Connolly's vocal harmonies were born to be on Tokyo's ode to his father, "Waste Of A Heart", the reggae styled, "Smoke and Mirrors", and she will bring a tears to your eyes on her heartfelt duet with Tokyo on "We Put You Down".

"I can't believe it's only been six years since my first record. Seems like we've been doing this forever, and here we are at number five, said Rosenthal." "I certainly couldn't have done it without the support of my wife Carrie Klein and our daughters, Americana radio, my accompanists, especially my touring partner Charlie Chamberlain, my guru Chris Stamey, and the folks who buy my music and come to our shows. I hope this album will make you think, cry, and feel it to be unique, both musically and philosophically. A lot of great players took part in this project in order to deliver my vision of how these songs should be presented to my listeners. I trust we won't disappoint them and any new friends we pick up along the way."

As of this writing, Clare FM Radio in Ireland, will be giving "Killaloe" its radio debut on their station, and Toke has been asked to come there to be honored and perform in concert early in 2013. Rosenthal will begin touring world wide and visiting radio stations to support the "The Fifth" and will announce dates, times, and locations shortly.

The video of "What Did I Used To Be?" was produced and directed by Emmy Award winner Nic Beery from Carrboro, North Carolina. It features not only Tokyo but has classic footage from earlier times contrasting footage of contemporary hardships and situations. The response to the video and the song in the U.S. and abroad has been overwhelming. To view the video log on to http://youtu.be/LAU_hRBwLTE

For more information please visit www.tokyorosenthal.com. "Tokyo's Fifth" and other Tokyo Rosenthal CDs and downloads are available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com, FYE Stores, and most music outlets.

TOKYO ROSENTHAL IRELAND TOUR

For Immediate Release: SEPT. 10, 2012

TOKYO ROSENTHAL ANNOUNCES IRELAND TOUR

Rock & Sock Records recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal, announced today that he will tour Ireland beginning September 15. The tour will open on the 15th in Killaloe at The Anchor Inn and continue over the next 10 days. Rosenthal will be making a rare solo tour. The tour will include Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. In addition to Killaloe, Tokyo will perform in Galway, Cork, Dublin, and Belfast. Performances will include concerts, radio performances, and TV appearances.

"I'm so excited to finally be getting to perform on the Emerald Isle where they have been so supportive of my recordings," said Tokyo. "And how cool will it be to perform 'St. Patrick's Day' over there and 'House On The River' directly across the road from the Shannon River about which it is written. I'm really looking forward to all of these appearances and the opportunity to be on Noel Casey's 'Full House Radio' show in Dublin. Seeya soon!"

Toke's scheduled performances are:

September 15 - Killaloe - The Anchor Inn September 16 - Galway - Monroe's September 17- Cork - Balcony TV September 17 - Cork - The Crane Lane Theater September 18 - Dublin - The Grand Social September 20 - Dublin City Radio - "Full House Radio Hour" with Noel Casey - 2pm September 20 - Belfast - The Errigle Inn Schedule is subject to additional dates and changes.

For further information please visit www.tokyorosenthal.com .

TOKYO HAPPENINGS:

The video of Toke's new single, "What Did I Used To Be?" , has gone mini viral at http://youtu.be/LAU_hRBwLTE

Tokyo is in the studio recording a new album for January release that features John Teer on fiddle, Chris Stamey on bass, Andrea Connolly on supporting vocals and of course Charlie Chamberlain, Will Rigby and Allyn Love.

Toke and Charlie's live performance of "There Is No Perfect Love" at SXSW was featured by Music Fog at http://youtu.be/oTie7A2tNkk

TOKYO ANNOUNCES IRELAND TOUR

For Immediate Release: August 1, 2012

TOKYO ROSENTHAL ANNOUNCES IRELAND TOUR

Rock & Sock Records recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal, announced today that he will tour Ireland beginning September 15. The tour will open on the 15th in Killaloe at The Anchor Inn and continue over the next 10 days. Rosenthal will be making a rare solo tour. The tour will include Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. In addition to Killaloe, Tokyo will perform in Galway, Cork, Dublin, and Belfast. Performances will include concerts, radio performances, and TV appearances.

"I'm so excited to finally be getting to perform on the Emerald Isle where they have been so supportive of my recordings," said Tokyo. "And how cool will it be to perform 'St. Patrick's Day' over there and 'House On The River' directly across the road from the Shannon River about which it is written. I'm really looking forward to all of these appearances and the opportunity to be on Noel Casey's 'Full House Radio' show in Dublin. Seeya soon!"

Toke's scheduled performances are:

September 15 - Killaloe - The Anchor Inn September 16 - Galway - Monroe's September 17- Cork - Balcony TV September 17 - Cork - The Crane Lane Theater September 18 - Dublin - The Grand Social September 20 - Dublin City Radio - "Full House Radio Hour" with Noel Casey - 2pm September 20 - Belfast - The Errigle Inn Schedule is subject to additional dates and changes.

For further information please visit www.tokyorosenthal.com .

TOKYO HAPPENINGS:

The video of Toke's new single, "What Did I Used To Be?" , has gone mini viral at http://youtu.be/LAU_hRBwLTE

Tokyo is in the studio recording a new album for January release that features John Teer on fiddle, Chris Stamey on bass, Andrea Connolly on supporting vocals and of course Charlie Chamberlain, Will Rigby and Allyn Love.

Toke and Charlie's live performance of "There Is No Perfect Love" at SXSW was featured by Music Fog at http://youtu.be/oTie7A2tNkk

TOKYO ROSENTHAL - EAST COAST TOUR DATES

For Immediate Release April 3, 2012

TOKYO ROSENTHAL ANNOUNCES EAST COAST TOUR

Rock & Sock Recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal, announced today a tour of the east coast of the United States beginning May 3rd in Hampton Virginia (full schedule below). The two week tour includes Rosenthal's 3rd appearance at The Bitter End in New York City and his debut at the historic Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland. The Bitter End show will be recorded for a live album. "Toke" will once again be accompanied by Charlie Chamberlain on mandolin and lead guitar.

"I'm looking forward to revisiting old places and hitting new ones," said Rosenthal. "This will be the first time back in this area since "Who Was That Man?" was released. It will be great to play to people who were first introduced to us through this record."

Toke and Charlie last performed together at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, where they were webcast live on Music Fog from Threadgill's. While at SXSW, they debuted a live version of Tokyo's new single, "What Did I Used To Be?" to enthusiastic audiences. The critically acclaimed video of the new tune, directed by Emmy award winner Nic Beery, can be seen at http://youtu.be/LAU_hRBwLTE . Both Tokyo and Charlie had successful CD releases in 2011 and are currently at work on new projects with 2013 release dates.

The complete tour schedule is as follows:

May 3 - Goody's - Hampton, Virigina May 4 - Hill Country BBQ - Washington, DC May 5 - Bena Country Store - Hayes, Virginia May 6 - Avalon Theater - Easton, Maryland May 8 - The Bitter End - New York City, New York May 9 - The Space - Hamden, Connecticut May 10 - The Perfect Wife - Manchester, Vermont May 11 - Mocha Maya's - Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts May 12 - Jitters - Southington, Connecticut May 13 - The Furey - Lowell, Massachusetts May 14 - Hush, Hush @ The Red Door - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

For more information and start times please visit www.tokyorosenthal.com

TOKE'S SXSW SCHEDULE ALONG WITH CHARLIE CHAMBERLAIN

Friday 3/16 - THREADGILL'S - 7:15PM - webcast live at http://www.livestream.com/musicfog

Saturday 3/17 - G&S Lounge - MIDNIGHT - webcast live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/g-s-lounge

Sunday 3/18 - G&S Lounge - 10:30 pm - webcast live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/g-s-lounge

All times CST. Hope to seeya live or tune in!

Peace, Toke

BLUESBUNNY LOVES WHAT DID I USED TO BE?

Album, Single and Download Reviews

Tokyo Rosenthal What Did I Used to Be? Rock and Sock Records Released: 2012

Tokyo Rosenthal is a proper sing songwriter. He’s a teller of tales yet he’s perfectly capable of being topical when he feels the need. So, “What Did I Used to Be?” duly runs the gamut of current economic worries over the course of its four minutes in the rain. It is no political polemic though and turns more into an exercise in elegantly expressed despair over a supremely tasteful, inspired by high gloss Nashville, accompaniment.

Tokyo Rosenthal is a class act. He gets his point across without overdosing on sentiment or emotionalism because he’s just telling it like it is.

This single is available for download from CD Baby.

Review by: Bluesbunny

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