Toney Rocks Florida Hotel



Toney Rocks is an artist caught up in the vortex of erratic cross-country tours, using a pen to dig for a not-so self-evident truth, chasing an unheard sound and rubbing a match against a brick wall looking for a spark. There doesn't seem to be another way for him. He's crossed the great barrier into the realms of a chaotic maelstrom where his obsession has taken over all reason. Ask him what his style or genre is and Toney Rocks will probably say, “#$%! I dunno… you tell me. You just gotta listen to it”.

He approaches sound and story like exploring uncharted territory versus existing in the safe realms of an established dogma. The way he layers his smooth dark voice over haunting psychedelic live loops guided by deeply introspective lyrics, it's evident that he doesn't hear it like anyone else; nor does he want to. After seeing Toney Rocks official showcase at the 2019 CDbaby DYI Musicians Conference, NPR's Bob Boilen offered that, Toney Rocks has “a wonderfully unique voice…”. 

On Sunday May 20, 2019 Toney Rocks gathered a couple of friends and met up with Red Planet Recording studio owner, Joe Smiley, to capture a live performance of three songs. This became known as the RED PLANET SESSION. “Drifting” is a highlight-reel that paints a complete picture of Toney Rocks within its textures, spaciousness, grit and lyrical vulnerability. It has a cinematic quality with haunting slide guitar melodies. After hearing “Drifting”, Anna Bond (Songtrust), said “This song is really lovely, you've definitely got something special here”.