Four years ago I was lucky enough to pick up on a recommendation from Americana UK to Israel Nash Gripka’s debut album New York Town a fine album that’s remained on my regular playlist ever since – if you missed out first time around and would like to get your hands on a CD a copy of the album then drop us a line by clicking this link (name only required and it’s open to non UK readers too) and I’ll pick a ‘winner’ during October and send you a copy, so as a big fan of his debut it’s no surprise when the excellent follow up Barn Door and Concrete Floors hit the shelves I was eager to get my hands on a copy in the form of a limited edition personalised CD package, and better still a gift of the album on vinyl was gratefully received too.
Now I’m very eager to get a ‘hard’ copy of his latest album Israel Nash’s Rain Plans which was released on 30th September by the fine folks at Loose Music who Israel signed a deal with earlier in the year, in the mean time I’ll content myself with listening to the stream of what is undoubtedly Israel’s best album yet and a real treat for fans of Americana with a fuller soundscape created with broad strokes of guitar Israel has come up with a beautifully expansive set of tunes that have a real depth of character to them – a sound that goes hand-in-hand with the developing writing talents of the Missouri born singer-songwriter who’s recently settled in Dripping Spring in Texas hill country outside of Austin and its apparent he’s allowed the change of scenery to influence and shape the sound of the album.
Israel’s on tour in the UK during October and you can catch him at one of these fine venues.
01 Oct The Maze, NOTTINGHAM
02 Oct ABC2, GLASGOW
03 Oct Errigle Inn, BELFAST
04 Oct Whelan’s, DUBLIN
05 Oct Cleere’s, KILKENNY
06 Oct Cyprus Avenue, CORK
08 Oct Le Pub, NEWPORT
11 Oct The Prince Albert, BRIGHTON
12 Oct The Pumphouse, ALDEBURGH
13 Oct The Water Rats, LONDON
For details on the rest of Euro tour dates click here.