New Jersey native Jonah Tolchin, who will be coming to Hopewell Theater in October, is preparing for the release of his new, full-length album, Fires for the Cold. A singer-songwriter who covers genres like blues, folk, and folk rock, Tolchin joins forces with an well-regarded names in the roots landscape, including Sara Watkins.
Joining him for the song “Honeysuckle,” which was written in NJ over a period of several years, Watkins adds vocals and fiddle to the song, and together with Tolchin they create an easygoing, rhythmic, Americana sound. The feeling of the song was inspired by the sweet scent of the honeysuckles near Tolchin’s porch as he came up with the lyrics. You can read about and listen to the song here.
At the age of fifteen, Jonah Tolchin met and jammed with blues legend Ronnie Earl in a music shop in Keene, New Hampshire, and he had the first big thrill of his musical life when Earl invited him to sit in at Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry, NH) a few months later. After graduating from high school, Jonah hit the road and started a solo performance and recording career. The first year out of high school he had released one EP (Eldawise) and a full-length record (Criminal Man) and was performing at the Newport Folk Festival (the summer of 2012).
Tolchin has shared stages throughout the United States and Europe with artists including Greg Allman, Tony Joe White, Dave & Phil Alvin, Chris Smither, Justin Townes Earle, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Paxton, Burton Cummings, Chuck Prophet, and Mandolin Orange, among others. He has produced albums for Julie Rhodes and Bill Scorzari, with more production projects in the works.
He co-produced his latest album, the above mentioned Fires for the Cold, with grammy award winning engineer/producer Sheldon Gomberg. The album features a heavy cast of musicians including Sara Watkins, Jay Bellerose, Sebastian Steinberg, Fred Tackett, Greg Leisz, Ben Peeler, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, and more (mastered by Joe Gastwirt).
You can listen to Jonah live when he comes to Hopewell on Saturday, October 12th. Get tickets here. To stay in the loop on upcoming live events at Hopewell Theater, sign up for our weekly e-blast or like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!