ISRAEL NASH, mountain man plays Guildford + Oxford

Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash will be playing Oxford on June 14th and Guildford on June 16th for two solo UK dates.

Nash is on tour to preview his upcoming album Lifted, available in July. Speaking to BOON from his Texas ranch, Nash said “I’m really looking forward to these two shows. We chose the venues as I wanted to play intimate solo gigs, to preview some of the tracks from the new album and to talk about what the songs mean to me. I want to tell people what I’ve been doing for the past year.”

His forthcoming album Lifted is a modern-day hippie-spiritual, a tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. With luscious beds of strings, horns and well adorned towering walls of sound, Lifted finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate, soaring and untamed at times, placid and 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. The studio became a sanctuary, a creative outlet where Nash reached a meditative state of escapism, which ultimately became the inspiration behind Lifted. He wrote and recorded Lifted with the intention of achieving a sonic experience that will elevate the listener – that the feeling of peace, love and happiness which saturates the words and music can provide the same escape he achieved while creating the album.

Nash incorporated 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 the record.

This is a masterwork of American roots songs, meticulously crafted and gently sprinkled with life meaning and multi-hued rock and psychedelia. “It’s all about finding, searching for little sparks of inspiration. It may be a sound, a groove, a color, or even an object. Old things are inspiring. Whatever it is, without control. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a record or living your life, find these inspirations with a vigil eye and watch them change both you and your world.”

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