Jonah Tolchin Delves Into Blues Territory For His ‘Dockside’ Album

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jonah Tolchin has joined forces with co-Producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) to record his forthcoming album Dockside at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, a favorite studio of artists including Dr. John, B.B. King, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Ani Difranco, and Mavis Staples.

Its October 20th, 2023 release date marks the first album to come out on Clover Music Group, Tolchin’s newly established label, which will include other artists. First single “Searching For My Soul” is out now. Tolchin will also be performing with his band on August 24, 2023 at Mercury Lounge.

Dickinson says:

When Jonah told me he wanted New Orleans flavor with a destination studio, Terence Higgins (drummer) and Dockside Studio were the obvious choices. The location and the chemistry was perfect for Jonah to rise up and fly! Recorded live in two days, the session was joyful and effortless.

As a blues-inspired album, Dockside brings Tolchin full-circle since his father owned a record shop in the Mississippi Delta and exposed Jonah to Blues early on. Tolchin’s first stage appearance came in a guest spot as a teenager with four-time Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ronnie Earl.

Along with original songs written or co-written by Tolchin, Dockside takes on “Blues With A Feeling” by Little Walter//Rabon Tarrant (who was born in Louisiana) and carries it into North Mississippi.

For the album, Tolchin handles lead guitar, harmonica, and vocals, with Dickinson on rhythm guitar. Joining them are Terence Higgins on drums (Warren Haynes) and Nic Coolidge on bass. The album also features guest appearances by Chris Joyner on keyboards (Ben Harper), Carey Frank on piano (Tedeschi Trucks Band), and Chavonne Stewart (Jackson Browne).

The album was engineered by Justin Tockett with overdubs by Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite) and Kevin Smith (Neil Young/Jackson Browne), mixed by Nic Coolidge in Providence, RI, and mastered by Pete Lyman (Brandi Carlile/Jason Isbell) in Nashville, TN. 

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