North of Nashville is a driving and authentic taste of heartland music stripped of glitz and delivered with a truckload of adrenaline. The Country/Americana duo keeps one foot planted in tradition and the other in a wild and lawless territory of American music. Country fan or not, NoN is a band that has the uncanny ability to grab souls, move bodies and slap great big smiles on faces no matter what the age or musical proclivity of their audience is.
Armed with a lean swagger found in mid-70's outlaw country, unbridled live energy, pulsing rhythms, honest, catchy songs and a sound seemingly too big to be accomplished by just two musicians, North of Nashville is an experience all its own.
"North of Nashville is an act you have to see to believe. As performers, Andrew and Jay do more than acts with 5 members, and they do it amazingly well. And their songs are just as great. Country music with melodies and twist that go straight to your soul. These guys are the real deal" says Matty Jeff, the Brand Manager of WPOR 101.9FM in Portland, ME.
Though NoN was originally formed in 2010, the band has seen more growth in the past 8 months than it had ever experienced in the first 3 years of their existence. Playing sold out shows up and down the East Coast, radio airplay, many TV appearances and a fanbase that is growing rapidly every day, NoN plans to release their highly anticipated first full-length studio record in the coming months, coupled with the most aggressive touring schedule of their careers.
NoN was named one of "10 Bands to Watch in 2013" back in March of last year by the largest Maine newspaper, The Portland Press Herald. More recently, the band was nominated for "Best Live Act" by the 2014 New England Music Awards.
"The unique sound of North of Nashville features warm vocal harmonies, upbeat rhythms, a bit of honky-tonk, and a whole lot of energy." -DigBoston (Boston, MA)
"The pair’s blend of contemporary bluegrass, traditional folk, a dash of acoustic blues and the sweet harmonies of old-fashioned country have earned them a number of fans, both in bars and venues all over Maine and in Boston and New York." -Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)
"With eyes closed, one would assume an army of instruments took the stage listening to North of Nashville's vibrant sound, but upon opening, would be nothing short of amazed. The high-energy show mixed the band's originals with classic country as band members Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle effortlessly bounce from guitar to violin to snare drum to harmonica mid-song." -BigCityCountry (NYC)
In the past year and a half NoN members have toured up and down the East Coast and performed on many outdoor stages and at major festivals including CMJ, KahBang (main stage), Old Port Festival, LL Bean Summer Concert Series, Camp Creek, Alive at 5, Maine State Pier and New England Americana Festival to name a few. In addition they have supported nationally touring acts such as G. Love & Special Sauce, Lake Street Dive, Churchill, Mason Jennings, Jerrod Niemann, Phil Vassar, Aoife Donovan, Chatham County Line, Enter the Haggis, Uncle Kracker, Max
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Jay and Andrew previously were in the five-piece alternative country band THIS WAY, also based in Portland, Maine. Over the course of five years 2008-2012, THIS WAY toured extensively all over the Northeast, along with tours up and down the East Coast. They released three studio albums including We Could All Make History in 2008, Goodbye Forever in 2010 and The Story of Simon Pure in 2012, which are all available on iTunes and other major online platforms. In 2011 THIS WAY was named "Best Roots Act" by the Portland Phoenix and in 2012 was nominated by the New England Music Awards for "Best Roots/Americana/Folk Act" and "Best Maine Act". In early 2013 the band decided to go on an indefinite hiatus, while members pursue other artistic endeavors.