Writer Of The Week: Jonah Tolchin
We first met Jonah Tolchin when he stopped in for a session this past summer. We caught up with him again recently and chatted with him about his new album Clover Lane, his songwriting heroes and his all-time “dream co-writer.”
How would you describe Clover Lane?
“Clover Lane” is a recorded experience. It’s meant to be listened to all at once in sequence. When you go see a movie, you don’t skip between scenes. For me it’s the same thing with records. The writing is inspired by many songwriters and styles.
How would you compare it to your last album?
It’s a different trip. My last record was more stripped down and focused on political and environmental issues. This record has a bigger sound, and draws from all geographical influences; from New Jersey, to Washington State and everywhere in-between.
Where does the name of the album come from?
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 meeting with Marvin was set up by my friend and singer-songwriter, Alex Wright, who had met Marvin through another friend and neighbor in Los Angeles. When I eventually met this friend and neighbor, Anna Serridge, at the Wright’s place, I found out that Anna had purchased and lived in the same house on Clover Lane 16 years prior.
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