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“…the singer-songwriter and bluesman joins forces with an impressive collective of well-regarded names in the modern roots landscape to produce what may be his most ambitious LP to date.” —PopMatters
“Adding raw, punk brio to a folk-blues template…” —Mojo Magazine
“…He has the songwriting chops and singing prowess of an aged blues legend.” —The Bluegrass Situation
At the age of 15 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 (summer 2012).
The following winter Tolchin recorded Clover Lane (Yep Roc 2014) at Farmland Studio in Nashville (Anderson East) with producer Marvin Etzioni; special guests included Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Chris Scruggs, John McCauley (Deer Tick), Eamon McLoughlin, among others. With the release of Clover Lane, NPR called Tolchin “a promising new artist who artfully occupies the gulf between old-school tradition and contemporary appropriation,” while Uncut said he “demonstrates the finesse and maturity of someone like Jason Isbell,” and Mojo praised him for “adding raw, punk brio to a folk-blues template.”
Yep Roc released Tolchin’s next album Thousand Mile Night in 2016. Recorded at the legendary FAME Studios (Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin), Thousand Mile Night charts the young songwriter’s remarkable growth, both personally and artistically, as he digs deep into the roots of American music with a distinctly modern perspective, tackling everything from love and marriage to life on the road to loneliness and depression with a deft lyrical touch. According to reviewer Ed Whitelock, “On Thousand Mile Night Tolchin builds on the great promise of his critically acclaimed debut Clover Lane. Tolchin is a restless composer and musician who kicks against the limitations of musical labels. File him under Americana, but the moniker is all the more nuanced for the breadth and variety he brings to it.” Hal Horowitz of American Songwriter calls Thousand Mile Night “a logical step forward for Tolchin whose performance feels grounded and lived in and reflects a talent who has absorbed rustic, humid, red clay sounds, employing that groove for his own often hypnotizing originals.” Since the release of Clover Lane in 2014 Tolchin has had success in the streaming world, racking up over thirteen million plays on Spotify.
“Klar’s newest album sounds like all the best parts of The Basement Tapes era Bob Dylan, shoegaze rock a la Mazzy Star, and the alt-country stylings of Wilco, but with a penchant for rugged storytelling, of all the highs and lows that life on the road has to offer.” - The Valley Advocate
An American Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Visual Artist, Klar’s home rotates between the DIY community of hardworking artists in Western Massachusetts and a Texas tradition of desert songwriters.
Klar’s first full length album “Until The Wild Fire Becomes Paradise” quietly released on October 20th, 2017:
Brawny lyricism, the vital romance of rock & roll, and a cinematic landscape swept through speakers - Until The Wild Fire Becomes Paradise is a psychedelic bricolage of modern America. Driven all-night into sun-risen blues, it dances in a smokey basement noir with an array of characters whose hearts lay on the astral line.
“Klar is the storyteller and the trickster, sneaking around the country, plucking stories to gather and disperse beauty.” - Take Magazine
From British Columbia coast down to Los Angeles, out to Austin, crosstown to Brooklyn and hazy in Buenos Aires. Until The Wild Fire was written in the journals during a two year & two month expedition for images, characters and stories of a modern American humanity.
“Steeped in the roots of many who have come before… Jake Klar is an urgent meeting of folk, roots and good old rock and roll, that carries with it the kind of unbreakable spirit that makes music of this ilk undeniably powerful.” - Gold Flake Paint
In December 2016 Klar self-published an illustrated book titled “Until The Wild Fire Becomes Paradise”. He has released two previous EP’s: 2013 “Rocks & Gravel”, and 2014 “Crescent St. Blues”.
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