Nautical Nation | EPK

Debut “Golden Seas” EP

The Band

James Keith | Owen Cassidy | Robb Walker | Rich Carducci


Bio and Resume


Nautical Nation, brainchild of frontman James Keith "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, Bright Light Social Hour, Shiny Ribs, Fastball, Mobley, Monte Montgomery (Guitar Player Magazine's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time), Eric Gales, Savoy Brown, Del Castillo, Joe King Carasco, the list goes on.

"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. Artists that aren’t trying to satisfy the masses are the ones who have careers because they are scared of nothing. These guys have nothing to prove - just the natural desire to share their sound with the world ...a sound that can’t be stuffed into a box. They embrace their softer acoustic surfer side with the old school punch of Van Halen rock and roll and everything in between.”




 In 2017 James Keith finished up work on his debut (solo) 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 including the City of Del Rio’s July 4th Extravaganza with David Hidalgo.  Nautical Nation’s resume includes performances at the Whisky A Go-Go in L.A, The House of Blues in Dallas TX, The House of Rock (OtraFest) and American Bank Center in Corpus Christi TX  (Caller Times Best of the Best Showcase 2014), San Antonio TX Fiesta's Missionfest, and many local Austin spots such as, The Hotel Van Zandt, Maggie Mae’s, and Stubb's Waller Creek Ampitheater (Dia De Los Muertos Festival). This past spring Nautical Nation signed on with Developer Matt Noveskey of Blue October and released their debut EP, Golden Seas, September 7, 2018 following a month long tour in Europe.


Leigh Kettle - Shuffle Online Show Review

“ 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 has been featured on tv and radio: Fox 7 Good Morning Austin, CBS Music Monday's, KFAN Rebel Radio, 93.7 KBLJ Local Licks w/ Loris Lowe, 93.3 KGSR, Rev FM 94.3 the Rock of Texas.

For Management questions and Booking inquiries email

Road Manager: Keith Asbury -

Phone: 830-459-9912

A & R / Booking: Rosa Toler


Phone: 830-890-8079


Developer/ Producer: Matt Noveskey -

Artist: James Keith -

Phone: 830-928-3988