Jon Nolan | When the Summers Lasted Long

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When the Summers Lasted Long

by Jon Nolan

Smart and introspective americana/pop anchored by Jon's stirring and brilliantly emotive vocals, earnest songwriting, enviable guitar tone and a crack band of New England's Roots-Rock heavies.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. So Much
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2. Mary (Won't You Come Along?)
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3. Every Morning
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4. On & On
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5. Waiting
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6. Cupboard
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7. All Dried Up
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8. Hey Now
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9. Hope, AR (A True Story)
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Album Notes
You should listen to the tunes there to your left. Seriously, give 'em a listen! They're really good. I ain't kidding either. Fans of Wilco, Ryan Adams (or, Whiskeytown anyway), The Beach Boys and Neil Young will dig this CD for sure. It's poppy (in all the right ways), there are plenty o' subtleties, good lyrics - the whole bit. Ultimately it's just a thematically cohesive album chock full of good songs for people who care about good songs.

What's more, it's sure to be a nice "Hey, I found this great under-the-radar album" moment for you when you want to turn your friends onto something they haven't likely heard. It's always good to be the guy/gal with your finger on the pulse of cool indie stuff hmm? Fans of the sterile studio Steely Dan crap-jazz influenced rock ethos need not apply. Seriously, I can't stand Steely Dan. It's poo I say.

"When the Summers Lasted Long," (Jon Nolan's solo debut) is a home recording. BUT! it was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie in Cambridge, MA. Paul's credits include recording, mixing and/or producing Radiohead, Morphine, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies, Clapton, Ryan Adams, Willie, and half of the other cool records in your collection. In other words, he doesn't suck.

For ten years Jon Nolan fronted the almost-nearly-kinda legendary New England roots-rockers Say ZuZu. They released six full length albums, had a deal in Europe, and played hundreds of shows in 25 states and five countries- Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and of course in The USA. After fighting the good indie fight for many great years, long miles, and shows of all kinds, Say ZuZu called it quits.

Jon and ZuZu toured the US and Europe several times and became cult faves in Italy in particular, selling more than 10,000 CDs there alone. Their successes landed them a record contract with Germany's Blue Rose Records, home to such acts as Alejandro Escovedo, Drive By Truckers, The Bottle Rockets, Slobberbone and others.


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Matt J

At long last!!! Well worth the wait.
A true king among men. This cd is a beacon on a dark NH music landscape. So hard to pick a favorite tune, but "All Dried Up" and "Hey Now" must be at the top. The production quality is great too. It has such a full sound without losing the rootsy sound that Jon practically owns. If you like Stephen Kellog, The Jayhawks, Finn Brothers, or When the Summers Lasted Long for God's sake.

Entertainment News & Views (Miami)

A Timeless Collection
When the Summers Lasted Long , (is)an album as evocative and inspiring as its winsome title implies. For Nolan, it's an admirable accomplishment, not to mention a fine debut. And for those partial to heartfelt back porch narratives, it's a wonderful discovery and one that ought to be considered an instant keeper.
...Albums like this are often overlooked, the soft, soothing ambiance overshadowed by more brazen bids for commercial acceptance. Nevertheless, one gets the sense that this is a album that will linger, a timeless collection as warm and resilient as a well-worn memento of summers gone by.
~Lee Zimmerman

Portland Phoenix

Nolan’s Summers are seasons I’d like to spend a lot of time in.
As for Nolan’s Summers, they’re seasons I’d like to spend a lot of time in. Fans — and there are a lot of you — of Say ZuZu will find themselves transported. The heart-felt purity of Nolan’s voice comes through in waves of warm sunshine, and even the packaging captures that hint of nostalgia his songs engender even in their first listen. You ever hear a Smiths song and tear up just a bit over the first girl in Doc Martens you fell for? "Mary (Won’t You Come Along)" had me swooning similarly at the two-minute mark.

Employing the wonders of the studio expertly, Nolan furnishes layered vocals, guitars, and that bit of piano to class up the joint, all in proper proportion. The percussion is pure Beach Boys, bright and shiny, and Nolan’s got plenty of Don McLean in him, too...I was definitely left wanting more.

Roy D. Boxold

Carry me down the road.
In my mind I find myself once again on a desolate stretch of Route 66 between Seligman, and Williams, AZ.Both front windows are down-no AC, and the breeze ruffles my hair, and the wirr of my tires plays counter point to the music coming through my speakers. You can hear traces of Roger McGuinn, Jackson Brown, Glen Frey,, and others, along with the stamp of Jon Nolan, as he carries on the legacy of these masters, and blends in a freshness, and pure influence of his own making. Great for driving, singing along wqith, or just kicking back and listening. I true collection for everyman, and a must for anyone who loves the lure of the road, and needs a great companion to take along. Keep it up, Jon !


A perfect blend of pop and twang
I love this perfect blend of pop and twang.
Take it along on that drive to the beach, or when you
escape to a beer and the porch after mowing the lawn.

Nolan's songs dance in the full sun, though he
also knows the uncertainty getting older brings on. The songs address that too. But this is not a downer record -- it is a rich warm record, that goes down easy and satisfying. The darker themes just throw the sparkle into high relief. In the best tradition of Brian Wilson, Jonathan Edwards, Sam Phillips or Tom Petty.

Jared Dubravsky

It's just "one of those albums", you know?
I liked Jon Nolan in Say Zuzu. I LOVE Jon Nolan solo. A very solid record for any fan of americana or pop (good pop, not mainstream country radio crap pop!). There's just an unexplainable quality to this record that makes one feel good. I just has "IT".


A Must-Have CD for Alt-Country Fans
When The Summers Lasted Long continues where Say Zuzu left off, more thoughtful, country-influenced pop and rock. Songs with touches of Neil Young(-ish) guitar work and Jon's unique vocals bring back memories of New Hampshire times long ago. Jon has help from several well-known Boston Roots artist's including Jabe Beyer and Jim Gambino. A Roots-Rock Gem mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie. 'Nuff Said!


A Must-Have CD for Alt-Country Fans
When Summers Lasted Long continues where Say Zuzu left off with more thoughtful Country-influenced Pop and Rock.
Songs with touches of Neil Young(ish) guitar and Jon's unique vocals remind me of New Hampshire times long ago. Jon gets help on his first ever solo CD from well-known Boston Roots artists such as Jabe Beyer and Jim Gambino. A Roots-Rock gem mixed by Mr. Paul Q. Kolderie. 'Nuff Said!

BLOG ENTRY: Peter Blackstock (no depression mag editor)

I tip my hat to Mr. Nolan
Anyhow, what I wasn't prepared for was to slip Jon's solo record into the CD player several months later, when it arrived in the mail, and be totally charmed by what I heard. Indeed, this was that kind of connection I mentioned above, and I did in fact listen to When The Summers Lasted Long over and over. It's not a "big" record, or any kind of stylistic breakthrough, or any huge diversion from what he'd done previously with his old band; what it is, simply, is (nine) well-written, well-played, well-sung, well-recorded roots-pop tunes -- especially "Mary (Won't You Come Along?)", from which both this blog entry's subject-line and the album's title are lifted. True enough, it would've sounded right at home on the AM airwaves back in those days when the summers lasted long. I tip my hat to Mr. Nolan for taking me back to that place; to be sure, this music is its own reward.

Portsmouth Herald (NH)

Jon Nolan's CD worth the wait
From front to back this record beckons to be heard.

The professionalism heard in Nolan’s songwriting, and overall production prove that he’s a force to be reckoned with on a local, and national level in this genre. The album will surely appeal to listeners of most ages and can be considered timeless, as the songs included will be playing on fan’s stereos for a long time to come.
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