Thomas Rose

Thomas Rose


Pop with its feet in Americana, rock with classic sensibilities and indie rock. R.E.M. meets the Beatles.


Thomas Rose, aka Toby Tate, has performed throughout Northeastern North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia in various bands and as a solo artist for the past several years. It wasn’t until he began playing as a soloist, in fact, that he started gaining recognition.
Thomas’ country-flavored rock song, ‘See You Tonight,’ off his last CD, ‘King for a Day,’ received airplay on the internet radio station New Artist Radio and reached number three on the charts, which is no mean feat.
That same song, plus a couple of others off ‘King for a Day,’ also ranked in the top ten among listeners on and
Thomas’ music has been described by record producer Frank Tedesco as ‘something like the Beatles meets Jim Croce,’ which is not far from the truth. His songs incorporate sounds from different genres including bluegrass, country, rock and pop and puts it all together in a spicy, bold mix of music unlike anything else out there.
Thomas not only sings and plays guitar, drums, mandolin, bass, piano and harmonica but he also writes all of his own music and is a seasoned recording engineer. Top that off with his graphic design background and you have a modern, self-contained performer who is able to write, perform, engineer, produce and design his own projects from beginning to end.
With the advent of the internet and retail outlets like, Thomas, along with thousands of other musicians, has had the opportunity to make available his music to fans worldwide in places like Japan and Germany where people are starved for original, American rock music.
Thomas’ latest project, ‘Kitty,’ is a ten song wonder that tested his abilities as a producer/performer and forced him to reach beyond even what he believed himself capable of, stretching his songwriting, performing and engineering skills to the max and resulting in a sound that is eclectic yet focused. You will hear the influences of his favorite bands such as Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, R.E.M., and the Beatles.
This project is the result of years of performing live and is the one of which he is most proud. About this CD, Thomas said, “I made the CD I wanted to make, not just the one I thought people would want to hear.”
As it is, people will definitely want to hear it.
‘Kitty’ is full of guitars, mandolins, pianos and vocal harmonies featuring funky rhythms and melodious hooks with lyrics about love, loss and longing. It’s reminiscent of acoustic Zeppelin, R.E.M., Pure Prairie League, and Creedence.
Thomas thinks you will agree – ‘Kitty’ is happy and sometimes melancholy, but always satisfying.


Both of Tom's CDs, 'Kitty' and 'King for a Day,' are available at Several songs can be purchased as downloadable mp3s on iTunes, MusicNet, Flip, iSound, Soundclick, and dozens of other digital distributors. He is also receiving airplay on various internet radio stations, including Moozikoo and New Artist Radio.

Set List

Along with around 15 crowd-pleasing originals, Thomas does his interpretation of about 45 covers of everything from Johnny Cash to the Goo Goo Dolls. His songs are not obscure covers, but ones that people know and love.