Justin Nozuka Band w/ Alex Cuba/ Ryan Cuming
September 28, 2010
Nozuka's charge is to craft songs that make his listeners feel like they were up all night together and shared sleep-deprived confessions. The first collection of these, Holly (Coalition/Glassnote Records), is named for Nozuka's highly supportive mother, and came out when Nozuka was just 19. He penned the first songs, "Supposed to Grow Old" and "I'm in Peace," when he was fifteen, and wrote the rest between age 16 and 17, but the press marveled at his mature sound and vision, calling Nozuka "as soulful and wise as blues greats four times his age." His follow-up, You I Wind Land And Sea, will cement and further define that reputation-even as Nozuka endeavors to stay grounded amid copious praise of Holly and his performances on tour and television (VH1's You Oughta Know, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America NOW, mtvU Woodie Awards).