Israel Nash
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Tell us about your touring vehicle. Any notable breakdown stories?

I have a 2007 Funmover RV with a bathroom and kitchen and living room and bunks in the background. It's a beast. It has scars and stories for them. Major repairs? Hmmmm. You mean like a complete transmission repair in the middle of California, where we had to rent two suburban SUVs to finish the tour? Or like the time when the outer canopy blew up on the interstate and we ended up having to cut off the entire canopy unit and roll down a canyon somewhere in Wyoming? Not too many stories, actually.

How do you eat cheap and / or healthy on tour?

Whole foods is a great option on the street that can make everyone happy and provide healthy options. I like burgers in almost all forms. In recent years, Europeans have stepped up their hamburger game, but 5 to 6 years ago most Euro burgers were like grandma's meatloaf on a bun. We wondered if an American burger could even be made in Europe, and tested the hypothesis like good science-minded artists. We were in a farmhouse on break for a few days, buying charcoal and hamburgers, rolls and fixins and grilling some fine All American beef patties. Perfect, Plato's shape for burgers, medium rare with a thin char on the outside, grill marks, juicy delicacy. It could be done! But our European friends have risen in the last few years and there are some solid burger huts floating around there. Anyway, I really like burgers.

How many strings do you break in a typical year? How much does it cost to replace it?

I don't really break that many. Breaking strings on stage sucks in general. The whole thing goes out, it doesn't sound full and you feel weird. So I always have a spare guitar and never play more than 3 shows with the same set of strings. And luckily, my friends at Ernie Ball are helping me get my favorite acoustic and electric strings. I love the Not Even Slinky line, thick strings sound radical and also help contain the breaking so much.

Where do you rehearse?

Everything happens here in my Plum Creek Sound studio. It's on our property here in the hill country and it's super isolated and peaceful. Here I write, I make the records where we rehearse. I have an annual SXSW party out here called From The Hills With Love. 500 fans, 15 acts, things are going under. Ray Wylie Hubbard, who did "Snake Farm" on an acoustic guitar, no PA for 25 people crowded into Plum Creek, was pretty legitimate.

What was the title and sample text from the first song you wrote?

I can't remember how I put the verses together, but I will never forget such a "powerful" chorus …

"I'm not a superman" (repeat). Some things never change.

Describe your first appearance.

Lebanon, MO, 1999. MoFun City. They offered us a lifetime laser tag membership or cash. We took the latter.

What was your last job What was your favorite job that day?

In NYC, I was the director of an after-school program. They gave me permission to do a really cool program with rock band and climbing classes. It was a great experience and brought unique opportunities for children to pursue. We have to give children all kinds of options to guide them on a path to find the things they love. That can bring you a lifetime of luck to develop and grow your art. I am now doing this with my daughter too. Try everything, see what jives.

How has your music-related income changed in the past 5-10 years? What should it look like in 5-10 years?

I've been fortunate that my income has kept increasing over the years (despite the holes in the pandemic). It's not the industry I dreamed of rock star lore as a kid, and the value of music has changed a lot with streaming.

Regardless of the changing and ever-changing landscape of our industry, something happens over time when you create music. You build up a whole lot of work, some license agreements may expire over time, and you have more of your catalog. The expansion of TV / film that can be found everywhere is now also leading to more placements.

In addition, this is a job where you meet a lot of interesting people and are likely to do something with these interesting people. That way I got to do some really cool things. I recently launched a line of clothing with my friends at IndegoFera. Just find people and do things. Things will happen.

What do you know now that you wished you knew when you started your career in music?

I've learned over time that records will come and go. Some people will like some albums and some songs better than others. It is a lot of work and a life of dedication to your craft. If you do things that inspire you a lot, they will likely inspire others too. So be open to inspiration, create and inspire others. Just go on.

Israel Nash first attracted attention more than a decade ago as a rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll torchbearer based in New York City. European audiences became his earliest followers, and publications like MOJO embraced him. Nash spent 6 years in New York, and while the time was formative, his deepest roots are not in overcrowded urban concrete, but in the barren Midwest as the son of a pastor. Music grabbed him early, but school was a priority, so Nash went to college and eventually got his Masters in Political Science from the University of Missouri – all while leading rock bands at night. Moving to New York after graduation was exciting. When Nash and his wife longed for the country, the two bought a small piece of land in Dripping Springs, Texas, packed it up, and dug into what Nash now calls their "forever home." ”

Nash just released Topaz. The album was recorded over the course of a year at Plum Creek Sound, the Quonset cottage studio he built about 600 feet from his home in the Texas Hill Country.

Connect with Nash online and (eventually) on the go.

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