North of Nashville, south of Rockland

Mar 29, 2013
Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle are North of Nashville.

Thomaston — North of Nashville, America's two-man outlaw country band, will perform Friday, April 5, beginning 8 p.m. at Billy's Tavern, corner of Beechwood and Starr streets behind the downtown business block.

North of Nashville from Portland, armed with their own style somewhere between Waylon Jennings and Mumford and Sons, is the newest project from Jay Basiner and Andrew Martelle of This Way (their five-piece alt-country act nominated for Best Folk, Country and Roots Act by the 2012 New England Music Awards). They claim to keep one foot planted in tradition and the other in an uncharted territory of American roots music — perhaps literally, as members perform with one foot on a kick drum and the other on a tambourine while guitar, harmonica, fiddle and mandolin round out the sound.

North of Nashville members tours relentlessly and in the past couple of years have graced many Northeast festival stages, in addition to supporting national touring acts like G. Love & Special Sauce, Enter the Haggis and, in May, Uncle Kracker. The band recently released ita debut album “Live at The Rack,” which was recorded at Sugarloaf in late December. For more information on the band, visit

There will be a $5 cover charge. For more information about Billy's Tavern, visit or call 354-1177.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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