The Lariat in Buena Vista has scored another musical coup for the Ark Valley, booking acclaimed singer-songwriter Israel Nash for his local debut at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Nash’s 2014 album, Rain Plans, is “the most phenomenal Americana record of the year,” according to The German edition of Rolling Stone. Nash followed up Rain Plans with Silver Season, which also garnered widespread critical acclaim. Classic Rock Magazine calls it “even more exquisite” than Rain PlansUncut rates it “a terrific album,” and Mojo raves about Silver Season’s “cosmic poetry, crunching guitars and swooning pedal steel.”

Rain Plans has a definite psychedelic mood – reminiscent of cuts like “San Tropez” and “A Pillow of Winds” from Pink Floyd’s Meddle – while Silver Season achieves a more expansive sound. Nash channels multiple country, folk and progressive rock influences, notably Neil Young’s early ’70s work on Harvest and After the Gold Rush, imbuing Silver Season with a lush, soothing sound completely at odds with the circumstances of the album’s production.

“I had this goal to build a studio and record a record in two months,” Nash said. He and his family had already moved to “The Ranch,” a 15-acre property in Dripping Springs, Texas, with the intention of building the studio there. “I was way behind, then the worst rainy season ever hit. … Here in the Hill Country, the ground has a lot of rock, so you get flash floods. We basically endured that for two weeks. Then we had to clean water and mud out of the Quonset where the studio is.”

Ultimately, Nash and his band mates recorded Silver Season at the new studio, Plum Creek Sound, transferring the chaotic energy of the flood into Nash’s most acclaimed recordings to date. “I forget about all that stuff,” Nash said. “For me it’s kind of a balance between the memory of that crazy weather and just persevering. … That’s why I like the term ‘records.’ It’s literally a record in time.”

Nash’s plans for 2018 include a new album. “We’ve been working on a new record since the fall. We’re taking a break, but it’ll hopefully be out this spring. For now, we’re just doing some shows. … We needed a place to see snow. … My daughter’s never seen snow, and we have a lot of friends in Denver so we decided to play some dates in Colorado. We always have a big party at The Ranch for South by Southwest; then, we’re getting ready for the record and the next tour.”

Growing up in the Missouri Ozarks, Nash received plenty of encouragement from his parents, a pastor and an artist. “From a young age they nurtured my love of music. They always bought me guitars. My high school graduation present was a couple of studio days. Music has been my passion and love from a young age and they just nurtured it.”

Nash acknowledged that growing up as a “preacher’s kid” influenced his life and music. “I was in church every time the doors were open. As an adult I don’t go to church, but I feel like I carry a spiritual essence that was started and nurtured then and is definitely a part of my music. I feel like I’ve added a deeper level to (my spirituality). I’m more in touch with the land and ideas of love that are prevalent in all religions.”

Another important aspect of Nash’s upbringing is the music to which his parents introduced him. “I grew up on classic rock and singer-songwriter stuff from the ’70s – Neil Young and Jackson Brown – guys who were writing about feelings, life, that kind of tradition – The Beatles, CCR – my dad was a huge CCR fan. A lot of that was just getting a feel for rock ’n’ roll guitars … and still having an emotional connection to the music. Floyd was a big one.”

“Right now we’re just looking forward to getting out of Texas and playing some music. We dig Colorado – good vibes and good people.”