TJR (Bringing Rock'n'Roll Back To The People)
Hailing from Orange County California TJR describes his music as influenced as much by the wizardy of Guitarists like Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan as by the thoughtfullnes of songwriters like of Elton John & Rickie Lee Jones.
Combining his guitar virtuosity with his distinctive baritone voice; Singer, songwriter 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"!
When he is not performing, he is writing, and recording
He has recorded 3 full length CDs (Rip Roarin Rock’n’Roll, Mixed Emotions, and Another Roll Of The Dice) of his own original Rock songs which he describes as "Neo Classic Rock" .
In a complete about face, he has also recorded and released a Piano Instrumental album entitled “In My Life A Piano Tribute To The Beatles” (Paying homage to his favorite band in the form of light classical music instrumentals).
In the same vein he has also recorded and released a guitar instrumental album of classic Christmas songs entitled “The TJR Christmas Card”.
His 3rd CD (Another Roll Of The Dice) received Grammy consideration in the opening ballots for best rock album and his music video of the single "American Idol" made the opening ballot for best music video.
TJR also employs his skills as a session player, recording with artists around the LA and Orange county areas. He has recorded with numerous artists from different genre's including Classic Rock Icon Neil Young and local southern California award winning songwriters like Michael Ubaldini.
He has also spent a number of years volunteering time to the Project Rytmo.org helping to mentor at risk youth teaching music and music technology
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.