Jonah Tolchin – Spotlight on Americanafest 2014 # 14

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Performing at Americanafest 2014

Friday 19 September 9pm at (Jack White’s) Third Man Records

Saturday 20 September from 10am – Part of ‘Americanarama VII’ at Grimey’s Record Store

Jonah Tolchin’s Clover Lane (Yep Roc) was released recently.

The album, produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice) and engineered by Anderson East in Nashville, includes Chris Scruggs, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), John McCauley (Deer Tick) and Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson).  It was mixed in Silverlake, California with Sheldon Gomberg (Charlie Musselwhite, Ben Harper) and mastered by Bernie Grundman.  So, a lot of heavy hitters have been engaged and influential label Yep Roc Records is keen to have him in its stable – all looking good for this young performer.

Previously, Tolchin independently released Criminal Man, recorded at Dirt Floor with Eric Lichter along with the help of musicians Ben Knox Miller of Low Anthem and Brown Bird’s MorganEve Swain and the late, great David Lamb.  His 5 Dollar EP, also produced by Etzioni, came out in 2013.

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Clover Lane gets its name from an astonishing coincidence.  Tolchin grew up in New Jersey on Clover Lane.  As he tells it, “My parents bought the Clover Lane house in 1996.  Fast forward to 2012.  At the suggestion of a friend, record producer Marvin Etzioni came out to a show of mine in Los Angeles (Room 5).  After an inspired conversation, a few weeks later Marvin and I were recording an album together in Nashville.”  The pivotal phone call to Etzioni that night had come from Jonah’s friend, singer-songwriter Alex Wright.  He and his wife Chris had met Marvin through their friend and neighbor in LA, Anna Serridge.  When Jonah met Anna at the Wright’s, he discovered, quite by chance, that she had lived in the very same house on Clover Lane and had sold it to Tolchin’s parents sixteen years earlier.

Tolchin says, “I am a believer in a deeper meaning behind life. This record is a passionate manifestation of the cosmos in perfect harmony.  The house I grew up in on Clover Lane is the center of the spider’s web from which the interconnected strands have been woven into these songs and recordings.”

“I wrote “Diamond Mind” the same day I asked my fiance to marry me,” says Tolchin

“I wasn’t planning on asking her.  I was staring out the window at a New England sky, being given words and melodies, she was inside playing with her one year-old nephew.  The spirit in the room filled my heart with love and an idea.  I ran outside and found some tall-grass growing by the side of the road and made a ring.”

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Author: Rob Dickens

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