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Every month we turn the spotlight on a new release from a Texas artist with a series of weekly features that give you a sneak peek at the new music and some insight into the artist behind it. Find the full Artist of the Month feature rundown here.
It has holy connotations here in Austin, but the phrase “outlaw country” was invented by a Nashville record executive. “Cosmic country” is a bigger lasso that ropes in a wide range of stylistic savants: Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, even Canadian Neil Young, all with their boots on the ground but their gaze turned skyward. From Missouri to New York and now Dripping Springs, Israel Nash has chased this particular stardust, and he’s finally found it with his third album, Israel Nash’s Rain Plans. The record crackles with energy, thanks to Nash’s fantastic band and the analog recording. On “Through The Door,” the moaning harmonies and pedal steel fit perfectly with Nash’s weathered voice. The song looks both inward and outward — it’s widescreen Americana at its finest.