"Antebellum" Israel Nash Gripka
Song of the Day Saturday, October 01, 2011
Israel Nash Gripka, “Antebellum”
As the son of a Southern Baptist preacher, Israel Nash Gripka comes by his Americana roots honestly, and on his second album, Barn Doors and Concrete Floors, he walks the line between the stripped-down and the plugged-in. “Antebellum” is a perfect example of this. The tune begins delicately, with Nash singing of a creek rising as a banjo plinks gently behind him, but soon a crunchy guitar and stomping beat enter the mix, and the tune takes on the ragged and raw glory of classic Neil Young & Crazy Horse. In Gripka’s rural-rock world, it’s not surprising to learn that his album was recorded in an old hay barn in upstate New York, but neither does the presence of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley as drummer and co-producer seem anomalous. -- Jim Allen
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