TJR

TJR

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

TJR combines the great elements of classic Rock n' Roll with sharp and humorous modern observations.

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Biography

He’s worked with musical icons like Neil Young.

He’s had the distinction of incurring the wrath of Media Giant Fremantle International for using his music to poke fun at the American Idol TV show.

At his live shows, TJR has become as well know for his radical re-workings of popular cover songs, as he has for his own irresistibly catchy original songs. The Vegas Weekly said "TJR Cooks like a Texas barbecue in the middle of July"! Live magazine called TJR. "The new Reverend of Rock’n’Roll"!

TJR mixes his passion for roots and rock music to create his own blend of music that some have labeled as: Neo Classic Rock / Alternative Blues / and Rock Americana, and in concurrence he received the nomination for Best Roots artists in the OC Music Awards.

His albums have received international airplay and strong reviews for both his songwriting and his virtuoso guitar playing. His latest CD "Another Roll Of The Dice" made the opening 2009 Grammy ballot for Album of the Year. Song of the Year (for the humorously titled Jesus Loves You – Everyone Else Thinks You’re and A**hole), and Best Rock Album.

Receiving notices for satirical songs like "Peace Love And Don't Trust MTV" and his mournful remake of the Outkast song "Hey Ya", TJR has found his own musical niche that has crossed over to fans Americana, Blues, Country, and Classic Rock.

As a performer TJR has shown that he can easily move between big shows with a full band to intimate acoustic performances. In either format, TJR mixes passion for roots music with a modern instinct and a Rockin’ attitude.

As a session player TJR has worked with numerous artists ranging from Rock Icons like Neil Young to Acclaimed singer songwriters like Michael Ubaldini.

From school age kids to Baby Boomers TJR bridges the generation gap with ease, by appealing to fans of all styles of music with creative remakes and dynamic original songs.
TJR: Bringing Rock'n'Roll back to the people

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Accolades and other acheivments

OC Music Awards: Best Roots Artist Nominee

Sponsorship with Taylor Guitars

ASCAP + Award Winner

Songs placed in two indie features

Live Performance on the Daybreak OC TV show

Live performance on the Gary Garver Show

Opened or worked with: Neil Young, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Walter Trout, Michael Ubaldini, Dan Hicks and the Hotlicks, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys, Wild Child, The Nelson Brothers

Opening Grammy Ballot slots for Best Album, Best Rock Album and Song of the year for the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Opening Grammy Ballot slots for Best Song, Best Male Vocal Country, Best Short Form Video (American Idol) for the 2010 Grammy Awards

Completed first European tour in Fall of 2007.

TJR was chosen as one of the artists to perform at the Southern CA. leg of Tourbaby: The first all indie artist music tour.

Released an additional digital album of all piano instrumentals.

TJR has works in association with Project Rytmo helping at risk and adjudicated youth find careers through music and music technology.

Lyrics

No One Makes The Sunshine

Written By: TJR / Kathy Barrett

SHE'S A WORLD CLASS SITUATION
SHE PLAYS A CHICK TRICK ON MY MIND
AND IT BEARS EXAMINATION
ALL THE THINGS SHE MASTERMINDS

WELL SHE'LL SAY IT ONCE AND SHE'LL SAY IT TWICE
THAT SHE'LL LOVE ME TO THE END
SHE'LL SAY NO ONE MAKES THE SUNSHINE
AND HOW I'LL NEVER COMPREHEND

THERE'S NO RHYME AND THERE'S NO REASON
FOR ALL THE THINGS SHE DOES
I SOMETIMES WONDER WHERE SHE'S FROM
IS IT SOMEPLACE UP ABOVE

WELL THE WAY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HER TALK
YOU'D THINK SHE'D FLY AWAY
AND IT GETS A LITTLE TRICKIER
LIVING WITH HER EVERY DAY -
LIVING WITH HER EVERY DAY

SO MANY WOMEN TRY TO TEMPT ME '
TRY TO LURE ME IN THEIR ROOMS
THEY'RE SO HOT THEY'RE FORGET ME NOTS
BUT IT'S A WHASTED AVENUE

DESPITE THEIR CHARMS AND ALL THEIR WILES
I CAN NEVER BID ADUIE
CAUSE' NO ONE MAKES THE SUNSHINE BABY
QUITE THE WAY THAT YOU DO
QUITE THE WAY THAT YOU DO

copyright 2007 TJR / Kathy Barrett

Discography

As TJR: (albums)
Lone Dog
Rip Roarin’ Rock’n’Roll
Mixed Emotions
Another Roll Of The Dice
In My Life A Piano Tribute To The Beatles
The TJR Christmas Card (singles)
American Idol
What A Wonderful World

With Project Tru (albums) Project Tru: A 12 Piece Band In Case They Still Believe

With Neil Young
Living With War

Other recordings
Live Bands in the House Vol 1
"Aliya" Regal Comics Multi Media project

Set List

Setlist: Performance repertoire consists of selections from TJR's CDs.

Along with his own original songs, TJR might also choose to perform some of the following covers songs

Allstar - Smashmouth

Baby Baby-Smokey Robinson

Bad Moon Rising -CCR

Blue Suede Shoes -Carl Perkins/Elvis

Blue Moon- Elvis

Brown Eyed Girl -Van Morrison

Cat’s in the Cradle -Harry Chapin

Candle In The Wind - Elton John

Can’t Help Falling in Love- Elvis

Change The World -Eric Clapton

Come Together- Beatles

Dead or Alive- Bon Jovi

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is - Chicago

Earth Angel - The Penguins

Everything She Does - The Police

Feeling Alright – Joe Cocker

For What it’s Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Fortunate Son- CCR

Funny Valentine -Rodgers & Hart

Gimmie One Reason – Tracey Chapman

Going to California - Led Zeppelin

Good Riddance - Green Day

Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard

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