Israel Nash was born in Missouri as Israel Nash Gripka, moved to New York in 2006, and has now been in Dripping Springs, Texas since late 2011 where he recorded his latest album, Rain Plans, in his home in the summer of 2012. The album, recorded to analog 16-track 2-inch tape, was released in Europe by Loose Music in September of 2013 to critical acclaim. While gaining some traction overseas, Nash was (and still is) virtually unknown stateside. However, the U.S. release of Rain Plans falls next Tuesday on August 19th.
This warm album is filled with the styling of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, with a heavy hand on the Young. Mix in a little Robert Plant, salt-and-peppered with the gamut of essences of every low-key classic rock (jam) band all played on an acoustic guitar, and you have Rain Plans.
This is possibly one of the best Americana recordings I've heard to date, and the best part about it is Nash has flown completely under the proverbial Americana radar - one regional sentiments are as boastful about as when the local NBC affiliate gets some sort of VIPER 4 Doppler technology and brand the hell out of it to no end.
Hear Israel Nash's Rain Plans below and catch him at Lambert's in Austin next Wednesday, August 20th before he heads back for a string of European shows beginning August 28th at The Prince Albert in Brighton, UK. More at israelnash.com.