Q&A Scene: Jack Nolan

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Well the single Hold Your Horses, a song to a friend, hang tough, walk on, those people are not to be feared. The album, Gabriel, out in October, one fact worth mentioning, I’m an audio snob, recorded to 2 inch tape, and you can hear that I reckon, and tour, well my shows all dated around the release, are in that Wuhan limbo, fingers crossed, got to get out and about!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

I haven’t co-written in my career, but I did co-write a couple of songs some years back with my good friend Martin Rotsey, bit of Australian Music Royalty there, we worked together back in the earlier 2000’s. The Sunshine Superstar is a track I’ve always been fond/proud of. Proud of them all though of course.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Flathead Fish Tacos with mayo & spicy sauce, I grew up on the harbour and in the surf of Sydney, but my sound is Americana, or as an Australian I like to call it, Darlinghurst Country, so Flathead is a real Sydney fish and spiced up with mayo gives it that USA Nashville feel. BTW, Edwins Catfish Tacos are fine indeed, found in Nashville.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Ok, studio anecdote, for this song in particular. The album was produced by my good Nashville friend Justin Weaver, when we were prepping for this song Hold Your Horses, we thought two drummers were a good idea, Jimmy Paxson played on the whole album and this man Jimmy Paxson is a drummer extraordinaire, but Justin thought we should add a guy called Cactus Moser (real name) who doubles as Justin’s Father in Law. Well his personality matched his name and it was a hoot, turned out apart from his own incredible credits, he is husband to Winona Judd, a very big name over there, and here in Country music for that matter. I asked if Winona could join us for harmonies….no luck.

What, or who, inspires you?

Way too many to mention, in terms of who, artists, Dylan & Robert Plant, in fact all the greats who are getting on in years but are still searching, writing, yearning in what Leonard Cohen refers to as the Tower of Song. I want to do that too as I get older. In terms of what, well I don’t want to sound too mystical, but life’s not forever, it’s impermanent, I want to have contributed something to the world, and I consider art to be of real value – to leave behind for whoever wants to engage with it.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

That’s almost unfair, but today I’ll go with a fellow Australian and say……..When I First Came to Town, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a bit obscure in terms of his well-known songs, but the lyric ‘When I first came to town / They bought me drinks / Oh lord how quickly / They changed their tune.’ How good?
Plus I guess it may have been an album filler track, but there’s this crazy imperfect harmony I love – he’s got a number of songs that I could’ve chosen along with a thousand other artists, so very unfair this question.

What’s next for you?

Album release October, hope to be playing live by then, release us from this lockdown – and always writing.

What’s your scene?

5am wake up, write and practice, exercise, swim, connect with the world, with musicians with friends – go to work – my party days are long over.


Hold Your Horses is the new single from Sydney singer songwriter Jack Nolan’s upcoming Americana album, Gabriel. Recorded for a friend, supporting them, to tell them they’re worth it, to stay the course.

Jack penned these lyrics for the song which was recorded in Nashville TN during the album sessions:
“She made some big choices, decisions, and they didn’t please everyone. Worn down by critics she was tempted, wanted to relent, go back. We said Girl, don’t expect a different result, you won’t get one. ‘Stand by your choices / Hold your horses’. We all know you’re incredible. You’ve got to believe.If you don’t believe right now, we do “We’ll shoot the lights out for ya/ Hold your horses’

Jack Nolan is a singer songwriter based in Sydney, Australia, who’s been performing and releasing music and albums since the mid 90’s. Along with a five-album solo catalogue Jack also fronted The Kelly Gang, with Rick Grossman, bassist for The Divinyls and Hoodoo Gurus, along with Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst, and guitar player Martin Rotsey. Their 2004 album Looking for the Sun was critically adored along with their energetic live shows of the time.

Within Nolan’s music, mysterious and shimmering chords unite his sound with that of the Americana genre, once quaintly described as ‘Darlinghurst Country’ uniting elements of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and ambient atmospheres fusing Nolan’s passion for intensely charged electric guitar and finger-picked acoustic guitar.

Now added to the Amazon New Music Playlist

am plst jack

Hold Your Horses
The latest single from forthcoming album GABRIEL

Release dates:
July 23 – Hold Your Horses (single)
September 10 – Gabriel (title track and single)
October 8 – Gabriel LP (Vinyl, CD, Digital)

Jack Nolan – vocal & guitar
Justin Weaver – electric guitar & backing vocals
Jimmy Paxson – drums
Chris Autry – bass guitar
Jimmy Olander – additional guitar
Cactus Moser – additional drums

Hold Your Horses is OUT NOW Via Quay Records/MGM. 

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