Nautical Nation, brainchild of frontman James "Jake" Asbury, is an Alternative band from deep in the heart of the Texas hill country. James grew up singing and performing at his family's music venue, The Lazy Days Canteen. His first years of playing music were in his father's band "The River Rats" fueling his fire and love for music early on. Over the next 10 years James had the privilege of sharpening his skills while being groomed by seasoned performers. Over his 4 year career as an original artist he has shared the stage with many renowned artists including : Grammy Award winners : Los Lobos, Grupo Fantasma, Los Super Seven, Augie Meyers, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner - Flaco Jimenez. As well as, Monte Montgomery (Guitar Player Magazine's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time), Eric Gales, Savoy Brown, Del Castillo, and Joe King Carasco etc...
"JAMES KEITH IS AN ARTIST WHO LETS THE POWER OF THE SONG LEAD THE WAY REGARDLESS OF GENRE OR CLIMATE. IT'S ALL ABOUT REAL PERFORMANCES AND CLASSIC MUSICIANSHIP. NO SMOKE AND MIRRORS. "
- PRODUCER AND BASSIST FOR BLUE OCTOBER,
In 2017 James Keith finished up work on his debut album , "Dreamboat" . The entirely self written album was recorded at Hidden Creek, Alnico, and Orb Studios in Austin, Texas. James Keith's music is described as eclectic . His voice has a particular rawness and charming freshness that lures you in. Later in the year James added his bandmates, The Moondogs (later Nautical Nation) and debuted at Austin's famed, Paramount Theatre (SXSW 2017) . They then played at San Antonio's San Jose MissionFest for the Fiesta closing concert. The band performed a mini tour of The UK & France and returned to headline San Marcos TX - Summer In The Park, as well as support dates for Grammy Award winning artists' Los Lobos, Los TexManiacs, & Rick Trevino. James' resume includes performances at the Whisky A Go-Go in L.A, The Rustic in San Antonio TX, American Bank Center in Corpus Christi TX (Caller Times Best of the Best Showcase 2014), San Antonio TX Fiesta's Missionfest, and many Austin spots such as; Maggie Mae's, The Paramount Theatre (SXSW 2017), and Stubb's Waller Creek Ampitheater. His tunes encompass a wide variety of genres including; Alternative, Rock, Americana, chill Indie funk grooves, Roots Rock, and even latin/reggae vibes. He has been featured on tv and radio: Fox 7 Good Morning Austin, CBS Music Monday's, KFAN Rebel Radio, and Rev FM 94.3 the Rock of Texas. This spring James Keith signed on with Artist Developer Matt Noveskey of Blue October and is currently working on EP, Golden Seas, set for release September 7, 2018 following a month long tour in Europe.