When you're a fan of an artist, or band, it's often interesting to ponder who were the artists or bands that influenced them. Israel Nash composes and performs music that does not sound out of place in modern times, but that certainly harks back to the 60's and 70's. So, you'd imagine, maybe, that his influences would come from that era.
Listening to tracks like the wonderful 'Rexanimarum', and the more recent 'Lucky Ones', you can't help thinking Nash must be a fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and The Outlaws.
We managed to get a word with Israel during what by anyone's standards is a hectic touring schedule. Fortunately, it's a schedule that brings him back to Europe in August, with full band. The Cluny 2 in Newcastle is definitely the place to be on Tuesday 27th August.
Maybe on that night, you'll hear echoes of Israel's musical 'heroes', past and present. So, just who does Israel Nash admire?
"Right now, I think it's The Floyd. Those sounds are third dimensional and put me back to being 16 and also let me know what it's like to feel ancient at the same time. So visually sonic and vibey. Those guys really represented the band thing so well. Each guy was a badass player. Out here in the hill country of Texas where I live, the land is dry and rocky, with cactus and scrub brush. Anyway, it kinda looks like' Live at Pompei' out from my studio deck and sometimes, I'll dial in that delay just right to that Gilmour time and throw some serious cosmic string bends out into the Texas sky (but I generally keep my shirt and shoes on)."
What about current artists? Outside his own circle of acquaintances, who does Israel you most admire, and why?
"I think it would be Jim James. His output from the band, to solo and collabs is incredible. And that's what I think I'm learning though artists that have been doing it longer like Jim or Jeff Tweedy, that its about creating, period. Being active and making songs and sounds. Creating, making."