Nick Zaino of Boston

Nick Zaino
Nick Zaino

Nick Zaino is a Boston-based singer/ songwriter with a deep appreciation for the roots of American music. The song’s the thing, whether it’s a country weeper or charging four-chord rock and roll. Zaino is a multi-instrumentalist often plays solo acoustic, and though he enjoys quiet introspective songs and the lonesome sound of a harmonica, he also likes to push his Tacoma through a fuzz pedal and get loud, when the situation calls for it (he did start his musical life as a drummer, after all).

Nick Zaino is inspired

Inspired by artists like The Band, The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo, Zaino’s music has an elemental feel, sometimes searching for the simple answer to a complicated question, sometimes making fun of himself for asking the question in the first place.

Nick ZainoA freelancer writer during the daytime hours, Zaino is constantly writing, covering notable comedians for local and national publications or penning the occasional zombie short story, and writing new songs all the while. A good line could come at any time, day or night, and Zaino works on keeping his mind open to it. “I have a phone full of voice files waiting to be honed into songs from things that come to me on long car trips,” he says. “And piles of notebooks that need harvesting.”

Zaino’s first full-length album, Blue Skies and Broken Arrows, is awesome.

About the album he jokingly says, “I greet everyone now by saying, ‘Hello, I am Nick Zaino, releaser of the album Blue Skies and Broken Arrows.’ Then I spell out the entire iTunes link and ask about their kids.”

Find him on Facebook here. He also writes The Department of Tangents blog where he compiles a New Release Roundup every week for music and comedy albums, films, and books.  Email him at for more info. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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