August 24, 2013


As a native of Missouri, Israel Nash Gripka grew up slap bang in the heartland of America. Ever restless, Israel was somehow destined to take the well travelled road to New York City where his songwriting skills were properly put to the test. In 2011 he released Barn Doors and Concrete Floors. The album was recorded live in an old barn in upstate New York and was an ode to Israel’s influences in the shape of Neil Young and the Rolling Stones; widespread critical acclaim followed and thereby ushered in a new, classic songwriter to the scene.

“music soaked in rural American lore.” ★★★★ ROB HUGHES, UNCUT MAGAZINE

“retreating to the Catskills he reflects on the city’s temptation and hard-won redemption on a swaggering country rock album” ★★★★ ANDY FYFE, Q MAGAZINE

“his breakthrough album” 

Israel Nash Gripka has now signed to Loose Music and is commencing the next chapter of his career. The forthcoming album Rain Plans was inspired by Israel’s new home outside Austin, deep in Texas hill country. The young songwriter has fully embraced the meandering hills and endless skies of his Texas home, where you can find yourself so isolated that it is not uncommon for your path to be crossed by a tumbleweed or to hear the percussive warning of an agitated rattlesnake. There is an uneasiness that goes alongside the visual thrill of living in the untainted Lone Star hills and Rain Plans is a testament to the overwhelming grandeur of nature and our place in it. These songs are about finding solace in family and the fear of the future – knowing what you’ll never know and the uncertainty that comes with that knowledge. At times melancholy celebrations and at other times raw guitar rock, Israel’s new surroundings have helped him create a tone only hinted at in his previous work and a songwriting sophistication that comes with great time and effort. Rain Plans is new territory for Israel Nash Gripka, both literally and figuratively, as well as an expression of his finding a strange sort of direction in the fragility of existence.

Israel Nash Gripka has announced details of an extensive European tour, with shows confirmed in the UK, Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands and throughout Scandinavia. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows or visit for a full list of European tour dates.

30 Sep    Rough Trade West, LONDON
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
11 Oct    Prince Albert, BRIGHTON
13 Oct    Water Rats, LONDON

16 Oct    Rocksound, BARCELONA
17 Oct    La Boite, MADRID
18 Oct    Monkey Club, GIJÓN
19 Oct    Azkena, BILBAO
23 Oct    Luxor Live, ARNHEM
25 Oct    Paard van Troje, DEN HAAG
26 Oct    Manifesto, HOORN
27 Oct    A Walk About Music, EDAM-VOLENDAM
27 Oct    Effenaar, EINDHOVEN
Listen to ‘Woman At The Well’ via Soundcloud

‘Israel Nash’s Rain Plans’, the stunning new album from Israel Nash Gripka is out on 30 September.
Pre-order CD/LP/DL from Loose / Rough Trade / Amazon / iTunes.

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