Tom Rock Jr. An American
Singer-Song Writer , Composer and
Musician as well as a Multi-
Tom Rock Jr. Repertoire of skills
include Acoustic Guitars , Electric
Guitars , Slide Guitars , Dobro , Bass
Guitars and Up Right Bass, Piano -
Honky tonk style , Electric Rhodes
Piano , B-3 Organ, Drums and
He loves to play Country , Rock ,
soul, Funk, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Jazz,
and Traditional pop.
Tom Rock Jr, started when he was four or five years old, on his grandfather’s farm, when he
picked up an old guitar and naturally started to play it. His grandfather showed him a
Johnny Cash “riff” and from there he was addicted to that country guitar and music sound.
He also had an interest in that Honky Tonk, kinda New Orleans, piano playing style that he
started practicing when he was a young boy. He heard it on Fats Domino and Elvis songs and
some old Rock n Roll stuff like Jerry Lee
This was his musical foundation and it led him to learn other instruments and other musical
styles; but it was always that early influence in Country and early Rock n Roll music, that
kept it interesting and fun for him. As a youngster ; Tom Rock Jr. used to accompany his father
( Tom Sr. ), on piano as his father sang and entertained. He says ," my dad always encouraged me
and my music at an early age ."
He used to love watching those country music singer TV shows; like the Glen Campbell show,
Johnny Cash show, Barbara Mandrell and even Hee-Haw. They had amazing players and singers
that he always strived to be like. Tom Rock Jr. said "he will never forget, as a boy, driving
around with his grandfather, listening to Country Music; when that song came on; 'Behind
Closed Doors', and the singer sings that part “And She Makes Me Feel Like I’m a Man, " it's that
voice and that passion! Boy; that’s the way I wanted to sing.”
Of course, growing up in South Jersey was not at all a country mecca. So he first started
getting involved with local rock cover bands. His first band, he says;" we jammed on 'Freebird'
for 2 hours". The Rock cover bands ended for him after High School, and he started writing
original music. He spent a couple of summers in the Carolina Mountains when he was 17 and 18,
and was turned on to Bluegrass Music. Tom Rock Jr. fell in love with the vocal harmonies and
pick’in; “Rocky Top Tennessee” is still a favorite of his.
His major influences of that time were Hank Jr. (“Country Boy Can Survive”), The Allman
Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd; and still are to this day. He knew that he couldn’t stay in
South Jersey for the rest of his life, so his journey led him to Los Angeles; to start fresh. Tom
Rock Jr. encountered many musical opportunities; from Hip Hop to Christian Metal to Rock &
Blues to Gospel. Confused and frustrated as an artist; he stopped performing for a bit to
develop his writing and singing craft.
Wavering between different musical styles; Country Music seemed so far away, until Tom Rock
Jr. met a girl who grew up on Country Music, like him; and she shared with him some of her
lyrics. They started writing together, and when she asked if he could sing one of the songs
they were writing, with a bit more of a country flavor, he did, and hasn't stopped since. She is
now his wife and writing partner in their songs. His musical journey has come full circle, right
back to where he started, and he couldn’t be happier; Real Songs, Real Singing, Real Playing. -
Tom Rock Jr. says "THANK YOU COUNTRY MUSIC."
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