When songwriter Jay Bragg left the state of Maine and his band North of Nashville behind to move to Nashville, TN, he knew that little of the small town glory he had as a musician would mean anything in a city known for crushing dreams. But he simply had to do it.
As a child, Jay's home was filled with guitars, singing and vinyl records spanning the landscape of American music - the down home country of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the soulful rhythm and blues of Ray Charles and James Brown, the harmony driven folk of Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash and the rock ’n’ roll of The Beatles and The Who.
Staring at age 5, Jay began performing in front of audiences playing first the violin, then the piano, drums, guitar and vocals but it wasn’t until he started playing the bar circuit in Portland, Maine that it became clear that music was something that he could make a living from. Never the critical darling or the singer deemed “most likely to make it”, he fought tooth and nail to get gigs and get better at his craft.
Jay spent years fronting various bar bands - most successfully the outlaw country duo North of Nashville who toured the country, playing 200 dates a year and sharing the stage with the likes of Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan and Chris Stapleton. NoN was awarded “Country Act Of The Year” by the New England Music Awards in 2015. However, within 2 months of winning that prestigious award, Jay Bragg, feeling himself outgrowing a relatively small music market, decided to leave it all behind and move to Nashville to in hopes to be challenged like never before but with the chance of reaching the widest audience possible.