Anthony “Tone” Retka, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Michigan, is often seen fronting his band, Tone & Niche, as well as performing solo and has spent the past 5 years writing and performing throughout the country.
Anthony has independently released three solo albums alongside four full-length albums, a live double CD, two singles and two EPs with his band, Tone and Niche.
Anthony’s latest solo album, Empire LIVE, was released in July of 2011 and features live performances of his songs from the studio album, Empire. The Empire album release in 2010 was celebrated with a sold out performance at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens, MI. The release of Anthony’s Empire Live disc was equally celebrated at Tracey’s Corner Cafe in Warren, MI. Both albums offer a stripped down sound and some of his most personal lyrics to date.
Empire received a four star review from Jeff Milo of the Real Detroit Weekly stating, “Retka balances the delicate and the devastating in a nostalgic folk style. This is music stripped down to just a voice, some plaintive poetry and warm, acoustic guitar.”
In addition to the release of the new record, Retka’s song So Long, from the 2007 Tone and Niche record Rust, was recently featured on the Discovery Channel’s Dr. G’s Medical Examiner.
After a great year of shows with Tone and Niche and their new album, Everything Is Good, Anthony has returned to the studio to record his third solo album. It is due out in 2013. More on Anthony’s solo project can be found here.
“Anthony uses an immaculate blend of great songwriting, vocals, and guitar. He plays melodic numbers with full vocals and introspective lyrics, many of which are about love. Retka is a master of dynamics, moving between rich, strong heavy guitar bits and gentle, barely-there strumming. The diversity of his octaves is astounding; he conjures images of Radiohead one moment and Jeff Buckley the next.”
- Springfed Artists
“Anthony is a true singer/songwriter – he never stops writing. One of the more poignant vocalists in Detroit. His easygoing acoustics cut to the heart, mingling with looped electrics full of yearning yarns and confessional ballads.”
- J. Milo – Real Detroit Weekly