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Jonah Tolchin (from the album Dockside available on Blue Corn Music) (by Bryant Liggett)
Jonah Tolchin operated quick and dirty to bang out his latest record, hustling down to Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana for 48-hours of studio work. The result is Dockside, a slice of lo-fi Blues with a little psychedelia and even a touch of redemption. A dude like Tolchin is fine on his own for the raw Blues, and when you bring in North Mississippi All-Star Luther Dickinson for co-production duties that result is more of all that’s good in the gritty groove.
A subtle drum rhythm sliding into a reverb heavy guitar kicks Dockside off with “Blues with a Feeling” where the laid-back offering quickly escalates thanks to funky guitar. “Searching for My Soul” is a bit of Gospel Pop, and Jonah Tolchin keeps the soul finding mission rolling across “Save Me (From Myself)” where Tolchin claims ‘I was born without a soul’ in a cut with heavy self-critique. He then drops a slow Funk burner with killer keyboards in “Can’t Close My Eyes”.
“Endless Highway” is a road-cut, Chavonne Stewart offers sultry vocals on “Too Far Down”, Dickinson steps out from behind the board to kick in on the dramatic “Suffering Well”, and they lay down a skip-along cut in “Mama Don’t Worry” that’s both funky and fun. Tolchin closes with “Lucille,” five minutes of solo Blues guitar custom-made for purists.
Traditional Blues lies just below the surface on Dockside, otherwise Jonah Tolchin is laying down Funky fun, a record that’s punchy and pushy, something for the outsider Blues world. (by Bryant Liggett)
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