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Clover Lane
     

Clover Lane

by Jonah Tolchin
 

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New Jersey singer/songwriter Jonah Tolchin found his musical direction at a young age. After an early rebellious streak as a young teenager, during which he dropped out of school and ran into some trouble with the law, his father introduced him to some old blues records. The soulful, rough-hewn grit of artists like Mississippi John

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New Jersey singer/songwriter Jonah Tolchin found his musical direction at a young age. After an early rebellious streak as a young teenager, during which he dropped out of school and ran into some trouble with the law, his father introduced him to some old blues records. The soulful, rough-hewn grit of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Son House connected with Tolchin and led to his further explorations of folk, country, and other American roots music. Immediately after high school, he hit the ground running with a 2011 EP, followed a year later by his first album, Criminal Man. When referring to Tolchin's music, phrases like "old soul" and "wise beyond his years" are often bandied about, and while young white men making stabs at vintage blues authenticity is nothing new, he does have an easy and natural way with this old-time sound. After recording a second EP with producer Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice), the 21-year-old artist struck a deal with Yep Roc Records and headed to Nashville where he and Etzioni knocked out Clover Lane, his label debut and first recording with a full band. Affecting a throaty, rural drawl, Tolchin's bluesy romps, folk songs, and warm ballads are backed by an impressive cast of veterans: saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), harmonica player Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), and Deer Tick frontman John McCauley. Straight-ahead blues numbers like the stomping opener "Mockingbird" and the sweaty "Hey Baby Blues" are well-executed exercises in a classic archetype, but Tolchin is at his best when he's singing closer to the heart. Songs like "Low Life" and the single "21st Century Girl" still exude the retro roots vibes but feel far more honest and unguarded, offering a personal authenticity that doesn't come from pre-war guitars and old ribbon mikes.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2014
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457236424
catalogNumber:
2364
Rank:
122278

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Performance Credits

Jonah Tolchin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Marvin Etzioni   Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Chris Scruggs   Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Eamon McLoughlin   Strings
John McCauley   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Michael Rinne   Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Evan Hutchings   Percussion,Drums
Anderson East   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Lucas Hamren   Banjo,Dobro,Piano,fender rhodes,Harmony

Technical Credits

Marvin Etzioni   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Eamon McLoughlin   String Arrangements
Anderson East   Engineer
Bruno Borges   Artwork
Jonah Tolchin   Composer
Tobias the Owl   Composer
Lucas Hamren   Composer

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