Chapel Hill, NC - Rock & Sock Records announced today that their recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal, will be releasing his sixth studio album on their label on August 1, 2015. The new album is entitled "Afterlife". It's Rosenthal's first release in over two years and the disc contains 10 original compositions as well a new video for the single, "The Cold War".
The new tunes cover subjects as diverse as the Deep South, child loss, illness, burials, war options, and two of Toke's favorite performing venues. Joining Tokyo on this record are some of his regulars as well as some new contributors. Chris Stamey once again performs on bass as well as engineering the record and assisting in the production. Andrea Connolly returns to help on vocals. David DiGiuseppe takes a larger role in this Tex Mex leaning album with his great accordion playing. "Toke" of course plays both lead and rhythm guitar, piano, and harmonica. He authored all songs as well as handling lead vocals on each track.
The new collaborators bring some diversity and new sounds not heard before on a Tokyo Rosenthal project. Recent Rosenthal tour partner, Jick Wins-Low, handles the drum chores as well as mandolin. Dobro makes it's Tokyo Rosenthal debut with the stellar picking and sliding of Dan Mahoney. Tom Ed White brings his viola to the party and Juanito Laguna lends his Mexican heritage to the album with his Charango. Rounding out the eclectic sound of "Afterlife" is Emily J. Farmer on French Horn.
"It was great to have the opportunity to record with such a variety of great players," said Rosenthal. "It allowed me to take chances and put out a very different sounding album. I missed being in the studio and after many months I'm quite pleased with the results. Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the great job by Brian West who produced the video for "The Cold War". It really captured what I was trying to say on that track." The video of "The Cold War" can be seen here. The brilliant album design was made possible thanks to the beautiful cover picture by Carrie Klein and on the back by Mike Green.
The album will be supported both by Domestic and Foreign touring. Most notable is an upcoming 3 week tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England in October. The album will be available through most sources including iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and Spotify.
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Chapel Hill, NC - 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 worldwide.
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.
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