Song Premiere: The Nautical Theme, "One More Left"

Dayton, Ohio duo The Nautical Theme are set to release their forthcoming sophomore LP, Lows and Highs, on March 20, 2020. Hailed as “wild open harmony folk music,” The Nautical Theme has been captivating audiences with cinematic melodies since 2017.

The Nautical Theme’s Tesia Mallory and Matt Shetler set out to create their second album with a sharper focus on the duo’s strengths – straightforward songwriting, lush melodies, and engaging dynamics. Returning once again to the comfort and schedule accommodating space of Shetler’s Ready Set Go Studio, they completed ten new songs. To expand the concept of the album title, Lows and Highs, Mallory and Shetler made a deliberate choice to build out the arrangements for half of the songs, which included adding live drums to several of the tracks. The drums were recorded by Justin Crim and were tracked by Micah Carli at his Popside Recording studio.

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing the newest single from Lows and Highs, “One More Left.” This is what Shetler had to say about it.

“‘One More Left’ came together as this delicate, sweet, and simple arrangement, prominently featuring Tesia playing the mountain dulcimer, it’s funny to remember that the song once had a completely different life as a failed synth-laden indie-pop song. But, this helps to reinforce some of the message and imagery of the song. Despite dark clouds overhead, we can find the strength to try again, at least one more time. “The theme of the song is one of picking yourself back up again, finding that you have ‘one more left.’ As the album took shape, it became one of our favorites.”

The Nautical Theme will support the album’s release with regional performances and an album release show on March 21, 2020 (dates below).

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative
WUDR 98.1 FM

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Lows and Highs Album Release Show
Tipp City Roller Mill
225 E Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371
6:30 doors
All Ages
$7 presale, includes a copy of Lows and Highs
$10 at the door, first 15 receive a download card for the album
Tickets available at

With Very Special Guests

Solo Songwriters’ Round
Harold Hensley
Kevin Milner
Paul Monnin
Thaddeus Williams

Duo Songwriters’ Round
Charlie & Amanda
Maria & Burris
Wells & Watson

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
WYSO 91.3 FM

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Omega Music
Record Store Day
318 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

Friday, April 24, 2020
Trojan City Music
106 E Main St, Troy, OH 45373

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Dayton, OH
4 Dayton By Dayton
More details TBA

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Eichelberger Amphitheater
8625 Brandt Pike Huber Heights, OH 45424
2:00 PM

Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Hatch Artists Studios
105 N Center St, Springfield, OH 45502
6:30 pm
Amber Hargett
The Nautical Theme

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
Troy, OH Porchfest 2020
Details TBD

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020
Yellow Springs Street Fair
Soin Stage
3:00 pm

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