Rock & Sock Records, Tokyo's Fifth, Tokyo Rosenthal
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".