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Jonah Tolchin Announces New Album – “Fires for the Cold” – out September 13th


“His voice wavers with an unmistakable honesty through soft, Americana tunes about finding the light at the end of the tunnel.” –No Depression

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter/bluesman Jonah Tolchin will release his fourth studio album, Fires for the Cold, September 13 on Yep Roc Records. The album’s first single, ”Honeysuckle,” featuring Sara Watkins premiered at PopMatters. In support of the release, Tolchin will embark on a fall tour beginning September 27, in Washington, DC. A full list of dates is below.

Featuring nine original compositions and a cover of Little Feat’s “Roll Um Easy,” Fires for the Cold is a reflection of the conflicts that engulfed Tolchin over the last few years. “Every record I make is like a record in time,” Tolchin explains. “I found that for myself, and for this record, it has been important to delve into the depths of my emotions and confront them head on. The album became a healing process.”

Recorded at Carriage House Studios and co-produced with GRAMMY-winning producer, musician and engineer Sheldon Gomberg, the album features many notable guests, including Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones, who provide backing vocals on “Roll Um Easy.” Sara Watkins lends backing vocals and plays violin on “Supermarket Rage” and Honeysuckle.” The set also features A-list players, including Jay Bellerose (drums), Little Feat guitarist Fred Tackett, Greg Liesz (steel guitar), and Ben Peller (guitar).

Reflecting Tolchin’s musical journey, the album’s title was taken from a line written by the late poet Mary Oliver – “Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.”

“For me, writing can be like self therapy, combined with a desire to offer the listener a reflective experience that extends beyond my own personal narrative,” Tolchin says. “I hope these songs will reflect what the title suggests and indeed provide “fires for the cold.”

A New Jersey native, Tolchin has released Criminal Man (2012), 5 Dollar EP, Clover Lane (2014), and Thousand Mile Night (2016). He has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Tony Joe White, Gregg Allman, and Joseph Arthur.


June 22 – One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME*

September 27 – Pearl Street Warehouse – Washington, DC

September 28 – Devils Backbone HoopLA – Roseland, VA

October 3 – The Basement – Nashville, TN

October 12 – Hopewell Theater – Hopewell, NJ

October 24 – Riverwalk Café and Music Bar – Nashua, NH

October 25 – Parlor Room at Signature Sounds – Northampton, MA

*w/Amy Helm

Fires for the Cold

1. Supermarket Rage

2. The Real You

3. White Toyota Ranger

4. Turn to Ashes

5. Honeysuckle

6. Wash Over You

7. Roll Um Easy

8. Day by Day

9. Timeless River

10. Maybe, I’m a Rolling Stone