Jon Nicholson

Jon Nicholson

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Don’t leave vintage keyboard gear out where Jon Nicholson can see it. You might not get it back. “My house is becoming a mess of old keyboards,” says the Madison, Wisconsin spawned Nicholson. Jon’s music has a bit a vintage feel to it, only with a newer, more modern twist. Nicholson’s debut on Warner Bros. Records is completely unique; it’s a hybrid of soul, blues, funk and rock. He has managed to produce a passionately gritty debut that may foreshadow the next big thing in mainstream music. “I’m just a singer-songwriter and a mixture of all my favorite things. Being a singer-songwriter means you don’t have to slide into a category, you just play your songs and make real music.” Born and raised in a state that reveres Polka music as if it were a contemporary art form, Jon Nicholson is something of a musical revelation. The Wisconsin native grew up tuning his stereo to the middle-of-the-road Rock 'N' Roll and mainstream Country music that permeated the airwaves of the Midwest.
But, given time, he eventually discovered the rhythmic Soul of Otis Redding, the R&B stylings of Al Green and Teddy Pendergrass, the Gospel feel of Donny Hathaway, and an amalgamation of others cut from the same ilk. His album, A Lil Sump’m Sump’m, was produced by Angelo who also produced the Kings of Leon.

Lyrics

Stereo

Written By: (Nicholson/Tomasek/Shoenfeld)

I’ve got a dirty job and I don’t like it
Workin’ sucks but I survive it
I keep my eyes on the horizon
And what I have is mine
Just because my name’s not on it
Doesn’t mean that you can pawn it
Just because you take it, doesn’t make it yours

CHORUS Now I could care less what you say
You didn’t let your head get in the way
Now I could care less where you go
Just give me back my stereo

I used to listen to Al Green and The Faces
Cheap Trick and The Replacements
Now I’m sittin’ in my basement
Singin’ to myself
Well if you really needed money
All you had to do was ask me
I’d have given it to you gladly
You dirty stinkin’ thief

CHORUS

No it wasn’t worth a lot
But it’s the only one I got
I mean the one I used to have
Before you broke my window out
What a shitty thing to do
But I know it doesn’t matter to you

Give me back my, give back my, give me back my

Give me back my stereo, give me back my stereo
Give me back my stereo, give me back my stereo
Give me back my stereo

Grandma

Written By: Nicholson

Grandma’s turnin’ 92
And that’s a lot of years ahead of you
So listen close to what I say
Cause Grandma’s feelin’ old today
She says I can’t believe I’m sittin’ here old as I am
And never been stoned
I waited too damn long
So bring it on
Grandma’s gonna fly

So I rolled it up and I passed it around
But Grandma smoked the whole thing down
Said she was makin’ up for wasted ground
Too many times she’d turned it down
She said you live your life until it’s gone
The things you never try just slip away til there gone too
I waited too damn long
So bring it on
Grandma’s gonna fly

CHORUS And as she talked about the old days
Said some things that blew my mind
See cause you ain’t seen a thing
Till you seen Grandma getting high
Now Grandma didn’t have much time left
But she made use of every breath
And I swear she smiled before she left
As I felt the world fell off her chest
And as the gates of Heaven opened wide
She slipped over to the other side she was singin’
I waited too damn long so bring it on
Grandma’s gonna fly

I waited too damn long so bring it on
Cause Grandma’s gonna fly

Rock N Roll

Written By: (Nicholson /Tomasek/Shoenfeld)

Burnt out minds in three-piece suits
Tone-deaf monkeys trying to cut lose
Black holes where the soul should be
It’s not as jake as it used to be
I’m going to California, I’m going to California yeah

Cause rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart again
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart

Never thought I would leave this place
Now I’m tired of the same old rat race
Friends say I should stick around
Nothing ever happens in this town
I’m going to California
I’m going to California yeah

Cause rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart again
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
She’s just no good
She’s just no good anymore

I’m going to California, I’m going to California yeah
I’m going to California, I’m going to California yeah
Cause rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart again
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart again
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart again
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart
Rock n roll is breakin’ my heart

Discography

A Lil Sump'm Sump'm

Set List

60 minute set

TAKE ME BACK
STEREO
HOW WOULD I KNOW
LOVE IS ALRIGHT
JELOUS GUY
7 DAYS (NEW ENDING)
HAPPY PLACE
GRASS RIVER
ROCK AND ROLL
JUST A MAN
GRANDMA