Bartlee Norton & 64 Highway
The band 64 Highway formed in late 2010 when country heartthrob lead singer Bartlee Norton and his nephew drummer Jake Ketterer
decided they wanted to play music together. Bartlee already had a growing fan base after spending two years on the road performing solo at rodeos around the southeast but determined a full band would be the next step in perusing his Nashville music career.
A full five piece band hit the road in 2011 under the name Bartlee Norton & 64 Highway. With Bartlee crooning original country ballads and rocking “country metal” tunes the band quickly gained popularity. Guitarists Ian Porter and Josh Harris formed solid rhythms and lead guitar solos while bassist Brad Annis and drummer Jake Ketterer kept everyone grooving.
Midway through 2011 the band lost Brad Annis but was able to quickly replace him with celebrated Chattanooga bassist Keith Guillot. The band also added fiddle phenom Tim Jester and keys wizard Devon Goins to the mix. With the brand new look and sound the band also decided to take on a more autonomous name. 64 Highway!
64 Highway has a fresh sound that can’t be easily classified only as country. While Bartlee’s roots are found in Nashville, the other band members have musical backgrounds ranging from rock n’ roll to jazz and classical. All these qualities display themselves prominently in the band’s song writing.