Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week when we’ll reveal our collaborative choices for 2018 (and yours too of course). In the meantime, here’s my top albums of the last 12 months. Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers + Brent Cowles, Scala, London, 22nd November 2018

Israel Nash proved tonight that not only can he rock out with the best of them, but his big musical sound also draws from the desert folklore of that part of Dripping Springs in Texas where he currently resides that’s the inspiration for so much of his muse nowadays. Opening with ‘Rolling On,’ the first track from latest album, ‘Lifted,’ its appeal is as immediate as it is on the record – the swell of pedal steel growing throughout this singalong number, its warm harmony vocals leading to a stirring climax. It’s towards the end of this song that you realise why Israel Nash has been receiving glowing praise on this tour – the band immediately locking onto a groove that demonstrates the harmony at the heart of this outfit. Continue reading “Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers + Brent Cowles, Scala, London, 22nd November 2018”

New Israel Nash album will lift you up in July

Believe it or not, there is an Israel in the world that doesn’t kill unarmed protestors with an eerie regularity and he’s much more fun to spend some time with. Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash has announced his fifth studio album ‘Lifted’ which Loose (the label he’s on these days) describes as “a modern-day hippie-spiritual, which finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic landscape that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others.” Nash is accompanied by his longtime band, with arrangements by Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), horns by members of Austin’s cumbia/funk compadre’s Grupo Fantasma, and strings from Kelsey Wilson and Sadie Wolf (Wild Child), Nash, alongside co-producer and engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, The Rolling Stones). Continue reading “New Israel Nash album will lift you up in July”

Israel Nash announces more European/UK dates

Israel Nash, no relation to Graham or the Middle Eastern country, and his band are set to return to London this November with their biggest headline show to date at the Scala on 22nd November. The 17-date run across Europe will be preceded by two UK solo shows in Oxford and Guildford next month and will provide the first opportunity to hear tracks from Nash’s upcoming fifth album, due for release on Loose Music this Summer, which he has been busy recording at his own ‘Plum Creek Sound’ studio in his home of Dripping Springs, Texas. The release will follow 2015’s ‘Silver Seasons’ album, which Uncut described as being “unambiguously terrific”, Mojo heralded as “cosmic poetry” and led to The Independent declaring Nash as “the real deal for the next generation”.  Continue reading “Israel Nash announces more European/UK dates”