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Nautical Nation Takes Stage on Austin Music Live

Austin’s own Nautical Nation performed at One-2-One bar on Saturday, September 8 on Austin Music Live, an interactive, music show featuring only the best of our beloved city’s underground music scene.

Nautical Nation
Photo by Leigh Kettle

The evening kicked off with Dallas alternative band Blue Apollo who opened up the show with their gritty singer-songwriter set and wrapped up with LARRY, a local ATX southern rock band that had us dancing as soon as we saw the washboard and harmonica. Though we fully enjoyed the beginning and end, it was the middle of the show that had us reeled in and ignited.

From deep in the heart of Hill Country, Nautical Nation surpasses all definitions of genres. Though alternative at the core, this eclectic band incorporates elements of all styles of music, from rock to reggae, funk to pop, indie to Americana. Full of raw and vast talent, the band delivered a memorable set full of jams of all varieties. In fact, the array was so wonderfully transformable that we sometimes wondered how one band could possibly craft such versatile, yet cohesive tunes.

Nautical Nation
Photo by Leigh Kettle

Frontman James “Jake” Asbury led vocals and guitar with his rich, dreamy voice and rhythmic strums that resonated across the venue, while Caleb Hans Polashek carried expressive, pure melodies by the violin that plucked our heartstrings. Meanwhile, bass player Robb Walker mesmerized us with his groovy moves and beats, supported by Owen Cassidy’s complimentary guitar riffs and Rich Carducci’ splash of percussive color on the drums. This assembly of musicians simply left us stunned and speechless.

Nautical Nation
Photo by Leigh Kettle

Songs performed included one of our personal favorites “Golden Seas,” along with one of their newest tracks and music videos “Jenny,” both of which you can listen to on Spotify here. Other highlights from their new EP were “Fallin’” and “Bird in a Cage” which will have its music video debut on September 20.

The night was full of energy, good vibes, great company, and fantastic music. Evenings like this constantly remind us of how thankful we are to live in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas.

Check out our photos from the event below and be sure to visit http://www.jameskeithmusic.com/ to listen to more music and catch their next show! Click here as well for our full interview with James on his music, personal journey, and the band’s newly released EP.

Leigh is a native Texan gone temporary New Yorker and now proud Austinite. Passions include but are not limited to music (both as a spectator and dabbler), traveling & cultural adventures, film & television, true crime, design (of the fashion, interior, and graphic sorts), and photographing & writing about all the aforementioned. Self-acclaimed coffee connoisseur & wino, cat aficionado, book worm, and nature junkie.

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