Never underestimate the power of a catchy hook and groovy blues guitar riffs. For Jonah Tolchin, this concept is a no-brainer.
From his shadowy Dan Auerbach-esque vocals to his similar badass guitar tones, Tolchin’s sound is sure to catch a listener’s attention and get them feeling some kinda way: maybe bold, confident, or even a little dangerous.
“I was born without a soul / And a heart as dark as coal / Bad luck bad luck where I go / All my troubles they follow,” he sings.
These lyrics lead off his newest single, “Save Me (From Myself),” – which officially dropped today July 28th – with the whole track offering no shortage of blues-dripped electric swag, captivating choral harmonies, and overall rock n’ roll grit.
The song focuses on the constant inner struggle of the human condition, and its message is encapsulated and plainly stated in the song’s refrain: “There ain’t nobody / That can save me from myself.” These honest lyrics serve as a personal reflection on a notion to which the masses can relate.
“Save Me (From Myself)” follows the release of “Searching For My Soul,” Tolchin’s previous single, which greeted the world in June. Both songs tease his upcoming LP, Dockside, which is slated for an October 20th release. Dockside will serve as the first release under his new label, Clover Music Group. It was co-produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and Tolchin at the Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana.
As a blues-inspired album, Dockside brings Tolchin full-circle. Many know him as a fingerpicking acoustic guitar troubadour, but his first appreciation for roots music came from his father, who owned a record shop in the Mississippi Delta, and exposed his son to blues early on. His first stage appearance came in a guest spot as a teenager with four-time Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ronnie Earl.
This encounter inspired him to pursue music professionally, and continue honing his craft.
His influences present themselves strongly in “Save Me (From Myself),” and offers an enticing taste of what can be expected from the new album.
Note* Paul Howard contributed to this article.