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A native of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, singer/songwriter Israel Nash Gripka blends elements of rock and country with gentle psychedelia and undercurrents of rural folk. After moving to New York in 2006, he released his debut LP, New York Town, in 2009. The influence of '60s and '70s artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Band, and Crosby, Stills & Nash could be heard in his Americana-inspired sound. Seeking a more textural and electric-based sound, he recruited Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley to produce and play on his follow-up album, 2011's Barn Doors and Concrete Floors. By this point he was signed to Dutch label Continental Record Services and had found increasing success in Europe and the U.K., releasing the live album 2011 Barn Doors Spring Tour: Live in Holland that same year. After five years living in the city, Gripka relocated from New York to the small rural town of Dripping Springs, Texas, located outside of Austin in the Hill Country. Shortening his name to Israel Nash, he and engineer Ted Young recorded his third album, Rain Plans, to analog tape at his home. The album's rich, atmospheric country-rock sound drew comparisons to Neil Young and became a favorite at NPR and several influential American radio stations when it was released in the U.S. in 2014. Working again with London-based Loose Records, in 2015 he followed up with Silver Season, which followed a similar path while adding more psychedelic textures to his sound. ~ Timothy Monger