Clover Lane

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All Music Guide
The New Jersey singer/songwriter's second album strives for rootsy authenticity, but succeeds most when he sings from the heart.
All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The New Jersey singer/songwriter's second album strives for rootsy authenticity, but succeeds most when he sings from the heart.
All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2014
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457236424
  • Catalog Number: 2364
  • Sales rank: 182,177

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mocking Bird (2:59)
  2. 2 Midnight Rain (2:47)
  3. 3 Hey Baby Blues (3:57)
  4. 4 Diamond Mind (3:55)
  5. 5 Atlantic Winds (3:00)
  6. 6 Mansion in Hollywood (4:01)
  7. 7 Low Life (3:50)
  8. 8 Hybrid Automobile (4:17)
  9. 9 21st Century Girl (3:16)
  10. 10 Motel #9 (5:45)
  11. 11 I'll Be Gone (2:56)
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Album Credits

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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Eamon McLoughlin String Arrangements
Anderson East Engineer
Bruno Borges Artwork
Jonah Tolchin Composer
Tobias the Owl Composer
Lucas Hamren Composer
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