Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash is a modern day hippie, creating a spiritual tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. Nash creates a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others.
Originally from the Ozarks of Missouri, Israel Nash has made his home in Dripping Springs, Texas for the greater part of a decade. There, on his ranch with sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country, the tall, hirsute mountain man built his own studio; a Quonset hut structure he’s dubbed Plum Creek Sound. The studio became a sanctuary, a creative outlet where Nash reached a meditative state of escapism, which ultimately became the inspiration behind recent albums like “Lifted and Topaz”. The creative process of writing, recording and producing allows Nash to leave his own downhearted feelings about the political landscape and the deeper queries of purpose and life that supersede the material world.
Being able to finally use Plum Creek Sound to its utmost, Nash incorporated found sounds and field recordings from his Texas ranch to create a setting of the sounds that represent his Hill Country life. Drums played in rain collection tanks, water rushing against the limestone, frogs and crickets in their habitats, and even a curious, yet guarded rattlesnake, all appear throughout his recordings. Inspired by methods pioneered by John Cage, Nash also randomized sounds and music and rearranged them according to the I Ching (The Book of Changes). Utilizing these recording and tracking techniques help create a sonic and very present picture of Nash’s home and his life.
Israel Nash is a truly accomplished and original recording artist, but when it comes to performing he’s a master,.A powerful and mesmerizing live act, no matter if it’s in an intimate setting or with a full band. He’s got an unique stage presence, a star quality!