The Nautical Theme, Matt Shetler and Tesia Mallory

Based in Dayton, OH, The Nautical Theme was formed in March of 2017 by Tesia Mallory (vocals, keys) and Matt Shetler (vocals, guitar). The duo loves to write, record, and perform their original music that could be classified as modern folk, Americana, or indie. With a focus on melodies and harmonies based around straightfoward songwriting and arrangements, our hope is that this music connects with those that have open ears and hearts.


For Fans of:

The Civil Wars
The Lumineers
The Head and The Heart
The Oh Hellos



The Nautical Theme, Matt Shetler and Tesia Mallory, at Independence District Day, 2019, Photo Credit: Tom Gilliam



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We Would Love to Share Our Songs with You

The Nautical Theme album Float cover

The Nautical Theme released our first full length album, Float, in April of 2018.

You can find our music on many of your favorite streaming services. Have a listen, add us to your playlists, and let us know what you think:

The Nautical Theme on Spotify
The Nautical Theme on Apple Music
The Nautical Theme on Amazon
The Nautical Theme on Play
The Nautical Theme on YouTube Music
The Nautical Theme on Band Camp
Is there a music service that you love missing from the list above? Let us know about it!


We want to thank all of the kind and wonderful people at the following stations and sites that have added our music to their rotations and playlists.

WYSO 91.3, Yellow Springs
WUDR 99.5 / 98.1, Flyer Radio
WLFC 88.3, Findlay's Indie
WTUD, Tiffin University
Inhailer

Spotify Playlists:
Gems of Dayton
Ohio Music
Ohio Artists to Watch 2019 Edition
Discover Dayton
Local Discover, Promowest
Ohio Unsigned Artists
Frame the Stage | Within The Spotlight

Would you like to add our music to a station rotation or playlist? Let us know and we'll be more than happy to help you out!


Float was recorded at Shetler's Ready Shet Go studio throughout 2017 and early 2018. We were excited to work with Micah Carli, Popside Recording, and have his very capable ears, head, and heart available to mix this album. Jake Bryant, Platinum Audio mastered the album and we couldn't have been more pleased with the final product.


We've created several lyric videos for our songs, and we also try to regulary post live videos on our YouTube channel. Take a look and have a listen to "Have a Little Fun" and then check out our channel:

The Nautical Theme on YouTube



We are honored that the following people took the time to listen and write such kind words about Float. Please take a look at the full reviews and follow these publications and individuals.




The Nautical Theme, Matt Shetler and Tesia Mallory


Let's Get Together Soon

The Nautical Theme performing live at DATV

Sunday, July 28th Singer Songwriter Series

Jimmie's Ladder 11
936 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409
5:00 pm
Free
The Nautical Theme
Kevin Milner
Shades of Grey

Friday, August 2nd Art in the City

More Information about Art in the City

Saturday, August 24th Dayton, Ohio Porchfest

More info at Dayton, Ohio Porchfest

Saturday, September 14th Troy, Ohio Porchfest

More info at Troy, Ohio Porchfest

Saturday, October 12th Yellow Springs Street Fair

1:00 pm, Soin Stage
More info at Yellow Springs Street Fair


Past Shows

Friday, June 14th w/ Stringus Khan
Peach's
104 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
9:00 pm
The Nautical Theme
Stringus Khan

Saturday, March 2nd Sound Valley Winter Music Festival
The Brightside Music & Event Venue
905 East. Third St.
Suite B
Dayton, OH 45402

6:30 pm
$8 presale, available at soundvalleydayton.com
$10 door
$1 off for up to 2 canned goods
A portion of the proceeds donated to The Foodbank Inc.

Main Stage:
Nightbeast
We Are the Movies
The Story Changes
Lioness
RIND

Acoustic Stage:
BJSR
Paige Beller
Knavery
The Nautical Theme
Zack Sliver of Yuppie
Thursday, Jan. 31st, 2019
Sofar Sounds Cincinnati
Fifty West Production Works
7605 Wooster Pike,
Cincinnati, OH 45227
The Nautical Theme
Joshua Powell
The Ophelias

Friday, Jan. 4th, 2019
Northside Tavern
4163 Hamilton Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Michael Moeller
The Nautical Theme
Willow Tree Carolers

Friday, Dec. 21st
Blind Bob's
Holidayton 2018
430 E 5th St,
Dayton, Ohio 45402
8:00 pm
The Story Changes
Abertooth Lincoln
YARDBOSS
The New Old-Fashioned
Jasper the Colossal
The 1984 Draft
The Raging Nathans
c.wright's Parlour Tricks
King Serpent
The Nautical Theme

Saturday, Dec. 8th
Oregon Express
336 E 5th St,
Dayton, OH 45402
The American Landscape
Neo American Pioneers
The Nautical Theme

Saturday, Nov. 17th
Herzog Music
Special In-Store Performance
811 Race St,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Skinny Shakes
The Heisey Glass Company
The Nautical Theme
Acousticsteveo
Charlie Jackson
Age Nowhere
Hooligan Ghosts
Goodnight Goodnight
Team Void

Thursday, Nov. 15th
Star City Brewing Company
5 Year Anniversary Celebration
319 S 2nd St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
8:00 Brenna Geyer
8:30 Paul Monnin of Age Nowhere
9:00 The Nautical Theme
9:30 Max Nunery of The Repeating Arms
10:00 Greg Van Bebber
10:30 Stringus Khan

Friday, Oct. 12th
Hannah's
121 N Ludlow St,
Dayton, OH 45402
Marjorie Lee and The Lovers

Saturday, Oct. 6th
Yellow Springs Porchfest
3:00 pm
503 Dayton St.
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd
Northside Tavern
9:00 pm
4163 Hamilton Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45223
Marjorie Lee and The Lovers

Saturday, Sept. 22nd
Fall at the Round Barn - Vintage & Made Market
Fairfield County Fairgrounds
157 E Fair Avenue,
Lancaster, Ohio
1:00 pm

Friday, August 31st
Star City Brewing Company 319 S 2nd St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
6:00 pm
Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters
Stringus Khan

Thursday, August 30th
The Listing Loon
4124 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
7:00 pm

Saturday, August 25th
Dayton Porchfest
St. Anne's Hill Historic District - Dayton, Ohio
1306 E 5th St,
Dayton, Ohio 45403
1:30 pm

Friday, August 17th
Un Mundo Cafe
117 S Fountain Ave,
Springfield, OH 45502
5:30 pm
with XL427

Thursday, July 19th
Star City Brewing Company
319 S 2nd St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
7:00 pm

Saturday, July 28th
The Summer Market
Veterans Memorial Park
Avon Lake, Ohio
at Rte. 83 & Lake Road
11:00 am

Saturday, July 28th
The Root Cafe
15118 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 26th
Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave
Yellow Springs, Ohio
8:00 am

Sunday, June 3rd
Jimmie's Ladder 11, Dayton, OH
936 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409

Saturday, June 2nd
Coffee Amici
328 S. Main St. Findlay, OH 45840
8:00 pm

Saturday, June 9th
Yellow Springs Street Fair
Soin Stage (Near Mills Lawn Elementary School) South Walnut St. & Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH
4:00 pm

Saturday, April 21st
Jimmie's Ladder 11, Dayton, OH
936 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409
8:00 pm
With Very Special Guests
The 1984 Draft
Kyleen Downes

Friday, February 16th
Dayton Music Scene
Filming for Dayton Music Scene broadcast

Wednesday, February 14th
J.D. Legends, Franklin, OH
65 Millard Dr, Franklin, OH 45005

Saturday, February 3rd
Uncorked Akron & High Street Hop House, Akron, OH
22 N High St, Akron, Ohio 44308

JAN. 13, 2018
The Nautical Theme at Madison Live
Covington, KY

OCT. 21, 2017
Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant
Dayton, OH

OCT 10, 2017
The Nautical Theme Live On WUDR Flyer Radio
WUDR Flyer Radio 99.5/98.1
Dayton, OH

OCT. 7, 2017
Tipp City Limits
Tipp Roller Mill
Tipp City, OH

SEP. 23, 2017
Coffee Amici
Findlay, OH

SEP. 23, 2017
The Nautical Theme Live On WLFC Findlay, OH

SEP. 16, 2017
Un Mundo Cafe
Springfield, OH

AUG. 27, 2017
Jimmie's Ladder 11
Dayton, OH

MAY 24, 2017 The Nautical Theme Live on Kaleidoscope
WYSO 91.3

MAY 12, 2017
Sideshow 12
Yellow Cab Tavern
Dayton, OH


Your Support of Our Music is So Very Appreciated

The Nautical Theme Green T-Shirt, Float CD, and Anchor Sticker The Nautical Theme Store

The Words We Sing For You

The Nautical Theme live at Herzog Music in Cincinnati

Couldn't Have Said

Make my plans
Watch them fail
Try again
Must prevail

One by one
They return
Make my bed
Now I burn

Couldn't have sent anybody any better
Couldn't have said anything to you
Couldn't have sent anybody any better
I know I said I knew, I knew
Couldn't have said anything to you


One Long Day and Night

Finally, one less thing to bother me
Check and see for signs of life
Tennessee, well you're nothing but a memory
But I know, never say goodbye

Crooked teeth, well that's all that stands in front of me
When I see the mirror shine
If you'll please excuse the haste in getting here
Because I know wouldn't get another try

There's a fall
And a rise
And you know how to get by
And we go
About our lives
Like one long day and night

Actually, I never thought we'd get to this point
Entropy, gravity, and all the rest
And you see when it's gone it's gone for good
So let's not go, let's not go, let's not go
Just let it go for this one time

There's a fall
And a rise
And you know how to get by
And we go
About our lives
Like one long day and night
Like one long day and night
Like no one else alive
Like one long day and night


Have a Little Fun

That grass is getting brown beneath your feet
It always seemed so green this side of the street
Just got to have it or you feel incomplete
The other side of the street the restless don't sleep

All I needed was to have a little fun
Show you I'm not made of stone
And there are failings that you could learn to love
And all you needed was to have a little fun
Go out amongst those bramble briars
Get your dress snagged, but you would come on home

I'm so sick of trying to leave
Can't you see it's pointless to be
So persistent
So resistant
If the truth is such a hard thing to hold
Why are you endlessly pleading for me to convince you
So you can just breathe it in


Sinking Fast

I'm sinking fast, I'm sinking deep
I don't know why I can't get on my feet
I hold my breath
Heaven hold me
I don't know why I can't get on my feet


Stay the Same

It's amazing how much changes
And how much stays the same
Watch the waves wash away sandy shores
But how much still remains

I know that there's something there but there's something missed
I thought that I saw it all but I only caught a glimpse
That's the problem with a light like this
It sells your eyes the smooth, false images

It's amazing how much changes
And how much stays the same
Watch the waves wash away sandy shores
But how much still remains

I never want to be the one who's so convinced
That I've got an answer wrapped up in bows and pretty prints
Packaged neatly by the scientists

Because you don't know what you don't know
And the unknown keeps being unknown

It's amazing how much changes
And how much stays the same
Watch the waves wash away sandy shores
But how much still remain


Wanted More

I'm not sure if you'll remember
But I'd like to forget
Our memories are faulty
They're chemicals at best

I wanted more
I wanted to be so much more

I'm sure we will embellish
The finer points and details
Mull over, mull over
The mental souvenirs

I wanted more
I wanted to be so much more
I'd like to forget
I wanted more
I wanted to be so much more

You deserve more
I wanted to be so much more


Can't You Just

Can't you just admit that you were
Can't we just have one moment of

Can't you just admit that you were
If I never said anything you could never take it the wrong way
Can't we just have one moment of
If I never take anything there's never a chance I won't pay
I won't pay

There's a hole, an imperfection where the smoke creeps in
It chokes my lungs because it fills the spaces where the air had been
If we were to speak with honesty
I can't breathe, I can't see

Can't you just admit that you were
If I never said anything you could never take it the wrong way
Can't we just have one moment of
If I never take anything there's never a chance I won't pay
I won't pay

There you are and here I am in a doorway stance
Arms are crossed, eyes are locking in a threshold dance
If we were to speak with honesty
I can't breathe, I can't see

Slipping the string of the kite out
Defying the gravity
Watching the world from the lighthouse
Get swallowed by the sea

Can't you just admit that you were
Can't we just have one moment of


Gold on the Horizon

The unknown magical purpose of what brings us here to love
I'm still trying to understand the higher laws, the master plan
All I know is that I found you, this is the truest of the truths
Okay not to comprehend in how we arrived, the means, the ends

There's something I can't put my finger on
Your eyes are as bright as the morning sun
They shine like the gold on the horizon
Away

There is a wonder inside of me
I am a child that is still learning that the energy that you give is reflected back and it pulls you in
You are standing there bathed in light, a piece of the grand design, a piece of the master plan
And how we got to this place and now we're hand in hand

There's something I can't put my finger on
Your eyes are as bright as the morning sun
They shine like the gold on the horizon
Away


Jump Out of the Water

Little one the pieces fall all around your head
When you jump out of the water into bed

We'll all fall to pieces when you make your effort there
Comfort comes in quickly and the thoughts all lose their sted
When you jump out of the water into bed

Congratulations you made it
Congratulations you made it
When you jump out of the water into bed


Awkward

It's a slow drift but the current here is solid and it will drag you in
Well you can start to feel you have lost control of your body
It's involuntary

I try and I try to get out of my head but I'm sinking in deeper
I'm falling in

It's a long way when you set your sight on horizon but your feet are concrete
Disappearing
Dear me, I wish I was just disappearing

I try and I try to get out of my head but I'm sinking in deeper
I'm falling in

Stand five feet back from myself and I'm looking in horror
As I'm saying something that I know isn't appropriate
And I blame it on my awkward human nature
Try and I try to get out of my head but I'm sinking in deeper


What We Deserve

I've got this terrifying feeling in my head
It's made a home and found its way into my bed
Permeating all we've done and said
A shade of green, a tinge of red

We got what we came here for
I am not believing it anymore
But was it what we deserved

There is no concentration, it's a useless mess
The whole entire situation is a wreck
And I've got no one to blame except myself
A shade of green, a tinge of red

We got what we came here for
I am not believing it anymore
But was it what we deserved

Go on believe whatever it is you will believe
That's where the circumstances take you with their lead
Fell in a hole the echo keeps playing on repeat
All been a wash in a shade of green

We got what we came here for
I am not believing it anymore
But was it what we deserved


So Long Dear

So long dear, so long
So long dear, I'm going
The day's getting wasted so I'm moving on

In summer we were lovers from the seeds planted spring
But when the leaves change their color you said you'd see differently

So long dear, so long
So long dear, I'm going
The day's getting wasted so I'm moving on

The winter, oh the winter, with its cold and its snow
Makes that summer feel much further than it ought to you know

So long dear, so long
So long dear, I'm going
The day's getting wasted so I'm moving on


More about Tesia:
Mallory is a formally trained musician, practicing her craft regularly as a worship designer and music leader. She is a multi-instrumentalist and had the opportunity to perform for President and First Lady Obama in 2012 at the White House.


More about Matt:
Shetler has been writing, recording, and performing in bands for 20 years (Waking Kills the Dream: Goodlife Recordings, Simply Waiting: Gasoline Records/A Small Voice Screams World). His past experience includes touring in 19 east-coast and mid-western states, playing a myriad of venues from coffee houses to sold out 3,000+ capacity venues, opening for national acts and everything in between.