Nick Verzosa -
The Smoking Gun EP
Review By: George
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
have to be a little envious. I mean, how many of us would love
to slam the door on our workplace, grab hold and tightly grip a
dream, and then with all the daring a great idea brings, start
out on something we would love to do? Many people argue that if
you can do what makes you happy, capital H happy, you never work
a day in your life. Nick Veroza is proving them right. He is
living the dream.
The youthful and
good-looking Texan decided early in 2008 a life of music beat,
and easily, the prospects of a gold watch and a warm handshake.
If you are going to work, do something that makes you happy. For
Verzosa energy and purpose came through music. His music.
As a lead-in to his
debut album, Verzosa has released a five track extended play.
Out now on Indie Extreme, The Smoking Gun EP boasts the
talents of Walt Wilkins as executive producer. Wilkins has done
a solid job, but then having a talented protégé must have
helped. Verzosa is a workable package of guitarist, singer and
promising writer. The tune doing the radio rounds, “Back When
Love Was Easy”, proves the point.
It is a melodic
ache. Wrapped in a voice blended with all the likeable qualities
of a country tune – easy, relaxed and listenable – and with the
understated presence of the band – Verzosa nails shared love
that has travelled the distance.
The tune is enjoying
high rotation on several Texas radio stations, and, as I write,
the song is gathering momentum with overseas radio, including
Australia. To add kudos, the 27year old also grabbed a top 10
nod to the song at the 2010 Spring Showdown during Tin Pan South
Packing more weight
to his tunes and stage presence, Verzosa now fronts a band, The
Noble Union. The gigs are starting to mount up; the fan base is
starting to swell with 370 “friends” signed to his Facebook
page, and a read of his publicity flyer and a look to his fan
interactions shows someone committed to his music.
For this College
Station, Texas, resident that commitment is on ready show. A
listen to this EP shows a writer who, in simple and
uncomplicated terms, conveys the energies of love and life.
“Look Back To Texas”, “Let It Go” and the noted “Back When Love
Was Easy” are standouts.
Make a mental note
of this guy. Remember his name and listen out for his music. If
you get the chance, go and see him. Givin the promise of this
limited musical outing, Nick Verzosa has a lot going for him.
Many will be
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