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
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.
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
As TJR: (albums)
Rip Roarin’ Rock’n’Roll
Another Roll Of The Dice
In My Life A Piano Tribute To The Beatles
The TJR Christmas Card (singles)
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
Live Bands in the House Vol 1
"Aliya" Regal Comics Multi Media project
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