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North of Nashville / Press

“There’s Basiner’s strong, engagingly twangy vocals, there’s excellent fiddle work from Martelle, and there’s an honest, sincere approach to writing country songs, which sets them apart from the legions of mainstream country artists. Make no mistake: North of Nashville are definitely a country act. But they are far away from the vapid pop dominating the country charts; Basiner is way too much of a realist and a true believer to let his music get watered down like that...If you like country, but need a little less gloss and little more grit, you’d do well to give this album a listen.”

“And about as far north as you can get without becoming Canadian, since this duo’s principals, Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle, hail from Maine. The pair of mult- instrumentalists, who have just released their self-titled debut, play acoustically, for the most part, but drag that sound in an outlaw direction by anchoring it to a pronounced Waylon boom-chick beat.”

“(North of Nashville) have produced a collection of songs that are radio friendly and easy to listen too. Basiner’s voice has a good, rich, twangy tone to it. The songs here would sound comfortable next to some of Bad Blake’s material from the Crazy Heart soundtrack. If you’re a fan of straight-ahead country drop this disc into your the CD player of your pickup truck on your next drive down a dusty road. You’re sure to find your toe tapping. As a debut, it sets a solid musical ground to build a career on - it’ll be interesting to see what follows as the band’s personality begins to take shape.”

“The album should be filed under what Country should be. The stories are about lives in real time, not underage teens drinking and partying to a soundtrack of Pop Life. Honesty rides alongside the tracks on North of Nashville....Jay and Andrew were schooled in the words of The Highwaymen and North of Nashville falls in line with the gospel of Willie, Kris, Waylon and Johnny.”

“These are easy songs to like and if you throw them into a mix of tracks from Highwaymen like Willie, Merle, Kris, and Johnny they’ll filter in comfortably and provide a few new songs from a genre that’s mostly petered out....they make their stories of blue-collar work and simple pleasures both believable and endearing...spot-on choruses, pick-me-up bridges, and narratives that smartly progress...and does well to capture their on-stage energy”

“The unique sound of North of Nashville features warm vocal harmonies, upbeat rhythms, a bit of honky-tonk, and a whole lot of energy. It’s a sound that’s surprisingly big coming from only two men who multi-manage a collection of string instruments and a kick drum....As North of Nashville makes a name for themselves, it’s evident that they want to do more than just prove that cowboy boots are fit for snow; they want to simultaneously make a new name for country music while bringing passion back to the genre.”

“North of Nashville started as a side project for the two principal members of the Portland-based Americana band This Way. But the duo of Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle has proven so successful that they’ve shuttered This Way and are concentrating solely on North of Nashville, a cross between Waylon Jennings and Mumford & Sons. During the winter, the duo played sold-out shows in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a nearly sold-out show in Boston. They’re touring across Maine and the region through May, and will release their first full-length CD, “Live @ the Rack,” this week. As the title suggests, it was recorded at the famous Sugarloaf hot spot.”

“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.”