Deep fried acoustic rock with a side of blues . . .
"Doc" - The Early Years...
Tommy 'Rocks" Anderson is an acoustic rock musician who has performed thousands of shows throughout America. Known for decades as a guitarist and singer, in Arizona he is better known for his wildly popular Beatles shows, as well as his solo acoustic performances. He is also regarded as one of the top ukulele players in the state (Tommy made the cover story of Ukulele Magazine in the winter of 2018). He is the creator of the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, which in their first year got noticed by America's Got Talent and later formed the Sedona Ukulele Posse in conjunction with the Sedona Arts Center where he taught music for two years.
Tommy Anderson - Discography
Tommy now devotes much of his time to Studio A, his recording studio in the Verde Valley, recording clients as well as his own music. You can find Tommy's music on YouTube as well as download his music on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more. Besides his busy performance and recording schedule, he also owns a music store in Jerome AZ called Tommy Rocks. The store is like no other in the country, as it is geared towards both music fans and musicians. It has an eclectic array of instruments including ukuleles, guitars, basses and other exotic instruments, and also carries vintage vinyl LPs and turntables, t-shirts, rare music collectibles and autographed rock & roll memorabilia signed by some of the world's best musicians. If you haven't visited Tommy Rocks store, be sure to include it in your next visit to Jerome.
Tommy performs over 100 shows a year, and is known as one of the most versatile singers and performers in Arizona. His repertoire covers around 1500 songs, and combine a mix of original songs, pop, reggae, R&B, classic rock, Alt country & Americana and over 300 songs covering The Beatles. Tommy's other musical side projects include the Tommy Rocks Trio, B3 and with his super group OvO ("The Owls"), featuring world-class guitarist Joe Berger from NYC. You can also catch Tommy performing locally with the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra.
Locally you can catch Tommy's Beatles show at Vino Di Sedona on the final Friday of each month, his solo show at The Grasshopper Grill on the first Friday of each month and at The Mile High Grill in Jerome on the second Saturday of each month. Tommy also performs with the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra at The Bordello in the first and third Thursdays of each month. Tommy's full performance schedule is online at TommyRocks.net/upcomingshows.
Tommy performs as a solo act, with his duo The Beatless, the Tommy Rocks Trio, and OvO, featuring world-class guitarist Joe Berger from NYC. Tommy was the front man and bandleader for the popular Beatles bands Ringo McLennonSon and The Beatless. Tommy also owns the music store Tommy Rocks in Jerome AZ, specializing in autographed rock & roll memorabilia, rare vinyl and of course instruments. He has also formed the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, which in their first year auditioned for , and in 2016, and formedin conjunction with.
Tommy has performed on stages throughout Arizona, including the John Lennon Songwriting Tour Bus, the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Mesa Arts Center, the Old Town Center for the Arts, the Sedona Arts Center, municipal functions for the cities of Tempe, Phoenix, Casa Grande, Goodyear and Jerome, for the Valley Metro Light Rail Kickoff Concert with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, the Fiesta Bowl New Year's Eve Block Party, the Great Arizona Beer Festival, the P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon, for Tempe's Earth Day Celebration and Concert at the Marina music series, for the July 4th Celebrations for Phoenix, Mesa and Casa Grande, the Tempe Festival of the Arts, The Spirit Room, Mile High, The Bordello & Quince in Jerome, Coyote Joe's, Brick and Bones and El Gato Azul in Prescott, Vino Di Sedona, The Sail Inn, D'Arcy McGee's, Page Springs Winery, The Grasshopper Grill, Cactus Jack's, The Hotel Monte Vista , (Alice) CoopersTown, as well as being featured in The Arizona Republic, The New Times, Kudos, The Monsoon & The Noise Magazines, the Verde Independent & the Cottonwood Daily Extra, the 12 Midday Show, the Channel 3 'Good Morning Arizona' Show, the 'Verde Valley Experience' and AZTV 7's 'Morning Scramble' TV show.
2002 - Chrysalis with Stephanie Todd & Thom Anderson
2003 - Thom Anderson: Whatever
2004 - Thom Anderson: Pocketful of Pesos
2004 - Thom Anderson: King of the World
2005 - iCn3D: Volumes 1 & 2
2005 - The Overtones: Big Love For Citrus
2008 - Ringo McLennonSon: Love Me
2012 - Tommy Rocks: G3: P.F.Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon CD
2012 - OvO: Live from The Spirit Room
2012 - OvO: Live from Ghost Town Studios
2012 - Tommy Anderson: EVOLVE
2012 - Tommy Anderson: (single) Welcome To The 21st Century
2012 - Tommy Anderson: (single) Baby Come Home For Christmas
2013 - The Beatless & Friends: John Lennon Birthday Bash (Discs 1+2)
2017 - B3: Rubber Revolver
Tommy and his first lady friend.
Tommy " Doc" Anderson left his hometown of Hammond, Minnesota at the tender young age of 11. He hopped freight trains and rode the rails across this great land of ours, writing such classics as " Hopping Trains" and "This Great Land of Ours." He eventually murdered a hobo, which caught the attention of the Department of Corrections ("Department of Corrections," hence, "Doc") . This landed him in Sing Sing on a manslaughter charge. There he wrote the classic,"Sing, Sing!" The governor was so moved by this song that he pardoned Doc with a writ of clemency.
Doc then drifted to New York City, where he became a street performer. He caught the attention of talent scout Albert Hammond, who was so impressed that Doc came from Hammond, that he signed him immediately. Then Hammond left him. Doc is still trying to find Hammond.
Doc became immensely popular, lived the life of the rich and famous, and then threw it all away.
Despondent, friendless, and lovelorn, he hit the rails again, eventually ending up in Tempe, Arizona. He donated plasma twice a week in order to save up enough money for the guitar that you now see him playing. Through his music, he hopes to one day make enough money to be able to donate money to an orphanage or some such charity. So remember, the more you pay, the more he can give!
As a final note, please don't ask Doc to play his old material; he no longer plays the old songs anymore, as they bring back too much pain...