Israel Nash: “Eight Miles High”

Earlier this year, dozens of Austin musicians came together for All ATX: All Along The Moontower, a compilation album celebrating psychedelic rock in all its glory. But more importantly, the album’s proceeds benefit HAAM, the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians, as well as the future non-profit All ATX Music Factory. This week, we’re highlighting some more cuts from All ATX to remind you the album would make a great holiday gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).

Critics often call the Byrds’ 1966 hit “Eight Miles High” the first psychedelic rock song, and for good reason. Tempering their folk sound, the Byrds opted for something a little harsher and drone-heavy as a nod to sitar player Ravi Shankar. Roger McGuinn’s noisy 12-string guitar solos also owe a debt to John Coltrane’s free jazz experiments at the time. In Israel Nash’s hands, “Eight Miles High” sounds like it was recorded in the clouds. The band is perfectly suited to the song, especially the pedal steel accents added to the mix. Listen to the song below and grab a copy of All ATX exclusively at Waterloo Records.

–Art Levy

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