Jon Nolan

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.


Good songs, and compelling performances will always have a place in rock and roll. The solo debut from Jon Nolan of New England’s Say ZuZu has both.

As a result, When the Summers Lasted Long has received praise from fans and critics alike from all around the world – including several nods from the reputable American music magazine No Depression. First they featured Jon in their Town and Country section on the Nov./Dec.’05 issue. ND’s editor & co-founder, Peter Blackstock, continued to throw praise Nolan’s way with a heartfelt and complimentary blog entry on the magazine’s website, and finally he included Nolan in his “Top 20 of 2005” list along with heavy hitters like Ryan Adams, Son Volt, Daniel Lanois and Kathleen Edwards among others.

Nolan started recording some “demos” for what would become When the Summers Lasted Long on some gear at home. The magic of those demos convinced Nolan to use the tracks as keepers, and the finished versions were brought to legendary producer/engineer Paul Kolderie (Morphine, Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo) in Cambridge, MA for a little analog love (see: mixing). The end result is an honest and charming , americana pop record chronicling Nolan’s transition from youth to adulthood in the way that Darkness on the Edge of Town did for Bruce. A classic theme, yes, but it was Nolan’s too. “Say ZuZu was the vehicle that brought me from my teenage years into adulthood – the one constant,” says Nolan of ZuZu’s eleven years together. “The breakup affected me deeply.”

Loss of innocence, nostalgia and lonliness are painful for sure, but they are also wonderful catalysts for great music. When the Summers Lasted Long is an americana/pop gem, an under-the-radar classic.

For more than ten years Jon Nolan fronted the New Emgland roots-rcok outfit Say ZuZu. They released six full length studio albums, had a record deal in Europe on Germany’s Blue Rose Records, and played several hundred shows in 25 states and five countries – Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and of course the USA. They toured Europe several times in addition to pounding the pavement on their native soil, but became cult faves in Italy in particular where they sold more than 10,000 CDs. They shared the stage with such acts as Joe Ely, The Derailers, their good pals Slobberbone, Patty Griffin, The Bottle Rockets, The Dixie Chicks and countless other fine (if lesser known) acts.

"#2. Jon Nolan, “When the Summers Lasted Long” (Mill Town). From the wilds of New Hampshire, the former Say Zuzu frontman turns on the charm with effortless melodies and a rootsy pop sensibility. " ~ "Best Alt-Country CDs of 2005" - BOSTON HERALD

"#20. Jon Nolan, “When the Summers Lasted Long” - Best of 2005 No Depression Magazine Ctritc's poll - PETER BLACKSTOCK


2005 - Jon Nolan "When the Summers Lasted Long" (Milltown)
2004 Say ZuZu - "Live in Germany" CD/DVD(Blue Rose)
2001 Say ZuZu - "Every Mile" (Blue Rose/Milltown)
1999 Say ZuZu - "Live" (Broken White)
1998 Say ZuZu - "Bull" (Broken White)
1997 Say ZuZu - "Take These Turns" (self)
1996 Say ZuZu - "Say ZuZu" (self)
1995 Say ZuZu - "Highway Signs and Driving Songs" (self)

Set List

Set lists consist mostly of originals with occasional covers.

Headlining set(s) average out to +/- 90 minutes total.