Follow Friday: Israel Nash
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2014

  • Posted by: K. Hess

For most musicians, the pilgrimage to a city is par for the course. Nashville, NYC, LA, Austin, but somewhere with a scene to get found in. Americana singer/songwriter Israel Nash found himself passing the traffic from the other side of the road. His record Rain Plans, released stateside back in August, is anthemic of life beyond the skyline.

It's hard not to hear Neil Young in Israel Nash. Their guitars speak similar languages, and Nash's lyrics traverse the same Americana landscape over which Young captained his search for a heart of gold. Once you've drawn comparison to Neil Young, there isn't much more one can say about a musician. Nash's sound is simple, organic, sincere, guitar driven rock shaped by country.

When discussing Nash, and particularly Rain Plans, the conversation consistently returns to imagery. "I wanted to make an album that sounded like the way the hills looked to me," the hills in Dripping Springs, Texas, where his pilgrimage out of New York City ultimately lead him. "Moving from New York City to the Hill Country of Texas was an incredible change for me. When life changes, art changes as well.

Nash isn't struggling to reinvent the wheel with Rain Plans. The album is a collection of Nash's experiences without being emblematic of any particular moment. "There isn't really one higher theme to me, but just a reflection of real life, real lyrics, real friends recording together." Like a painted landscape, Rain Plans isn't striving to be a new form of art,"the truer you can be to the form, then better. I want truth."

Rain Plans is, quite simply, Nash's truth.


Rain Plans is out via Loose Music, you can get it here.

Follow Nash:

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Oct 03 Hamilton Washington, DC
Oct 04 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
Oct 05 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
Oct 07 Great Scott Boston, MA
Oct 09 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 10 The Basement Columbus, OH
Oct 11 Schubas Chicago, IL
Oct 12 Ignition Garage Goshen, IN
Oct 13 Duck Room St Louis, MO
Oct 15 Dan's Silverleaf Denton, TX
Oct 17 Red 7 Austin, TX
Nov 04 Mojo's Columbia, MO
Nov 06 Turf Club Minneapolis, MN
Nov 07 Reverb Omaha, NE
Nov 09 The Walnut Room Denver, CO
Nov 12 Skylight Santa Fe, NM


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