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This Way / Bio

This Way is an alternative country band with members from across New England, but call Portland, Maine their home. Two parts Waylon, one part Whiskeytown and a dash of Steve Earle, This Way creates American roots music that feels at home on the front porch or the big stage.

Founding members Jay Basiner and Dave Patterson, began This Way as a rock band in Vermont, when both were enrolled at Saint Michaels College just outside of Burlington. After graduation, they both found themselves living in Maine. Beginning in 2005, members of This Way started cutting their teeth at bars and venues throughout Portland's famed Art District and Old Port. In the years to come they would continue crafting their own material and in late 2008, with a six-piece lineup that included electric guitars and keys, they released their anthematic rock debut, We Could All Make History, recorded and produced by Jon Wyman at Halo Studios and mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering.

In 2009, the band was nominated for Best New Act by the Portland Phoenix and named a Band to Watch by the Portland Press Herald. In the next year the band would tour the Northeast heavily, supporting their debut record. During this time they would also go through lineup changes, before the final additions of Andrew Martelle (fiddle/mandolin) and Charlie Sichterman (drums). Almost immediately they began working on new material and reworking songs from their debut album, giving them a more folksier feel.

They released their second album Goodbye Forever, recorded by Abel Adame at Acadia Recording Co. and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, in May of 2011. The album received wide regional acclaim which led to being named Best Roots Act of 2011 by The Portland Phoenix and more recently being nominated for Best Roots/Americana/Folk Act and Best Maine Act of the Year by the 2012 New England Music Awards. "Enter young pop-folk dynamos This Way, whose latest CD, colors soaring radio pop with rolling-hills accordion, harmonica and mandolin", says The Portland Press Herald of Goodbye Forever. The Bangor Daily News writes, “they bring to mind groups like the Avett Brothers, as well as the Beatles, though the flashes of fiddle and accordion feel far more like Willie Nelson, or even Lyle Lovett.”

"Take It All (Or Leave It All Behind)", the first single off of Goodbye Forever, received airplay on various Maine radio stations including WMPG, WCLZ, WCYY and WBLM. The second single “New York City”, also received airplay.

Since the release of Goodbye Forever, the band has been non-stop touring performing at venues, festivals, houses, city parks, piers, churches, camps, libraries, yards and colleges from Bangor, ME to Nashville, TN.

This Way went into the studio in late June of 2012 and recorded their third full length album over a three day span with Jon Nolan at Milltown Recording Co in Rollinsford, NH. In contrast to the recording of their last album Goodbye Forever, which was done in several locations around Maine taking over a year and half to fully record, the band decided to track their forthcoming album almost exclusively live, with few overdubs. Together Jon and the band co-produced, a ten song album immersed with the most cohesive material the band has created to date. Also included on the album are three bonus tracks, "Over the Hill", "Walking On the Moon" (a cover of The Police song) and a bluegrassy version of an unreleased folksier song Jay had written years ago called "The Fisherman". The bonus tracks are live staples of the band's sets over the past year and were placed on this album as a thank you to the fans that have come to shows and given unwaivering support.

The Story of Simon Pure was released in late September on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, with physical copies available in all Bull Music stores in Maine and New Hampshire. The title track and first single off the album has been placed into regular rotation at WCLZ in Portland.

Beginning in January 2013, This Way members decided to move on and pursue their own artistic endeavors for the time being. Band members have agreed that this is just a hiatus and they will announce reunion shows every so often. In the meantime, Jay and Andrew will be utilizing a bulk of the This Way catalog, as they move forward with their "Two Man Outlaw Country Band" North of Nashville. North of Nashville just released their debut album 'Live at The Rack' on Feb. 5th, 2013, and will be performing their own material along with choice This Way songs as they aim to tour extensively for the rest of 2013.

Follow the links below for North of Nashville and we all look forward to seeing you all down the road!

This Way has shared the stage with G. Love and Special Sauce, Mason Jennings, Churchill, Chatham County Line, David Dondero, Enter the Haggis, Max Creek, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Kingsley Flood, Jacob Augustine, Adam Ezra Group, Reptar, Penguin Prison, The Mallett Brothers Band, Larry and his Flask, Audrey Ryan, Union Street Preservation Society, TAB the Band, Roosevelt Dime, among many other talented acts.

Band Management:

Billy Lynch :: billy@deepinthebelly.com

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General Info

Band Members
Jay Basiner, Andrew Martelle, Charlie Sichterman, Colin Winsor, Ryan Halliburton
Artist Name
This Way
Home Page
Active Since
Americana / Country / Folk

Contact Info

Portland, ME