When we last visited with Austin singer-songwriter Jeremy Nail, it was to discuss his 2016 album “My Mountain,” which partly chronicled Nail’s loss of a leg from a rare form of cancer. With the help of producer Alejandro Escovedo and some of Austin’s top musicians, Nail created beautiful music from the depths of hard times.
One constant that extends from “My Mountain” to his new “Live Oak,” due out Aug. 17, is the prominence of the natural world in the songs Nail writes. The mountains and oceans that loomed large on the last record give way to desert flowers and sturdy trees on “Abiquiu” and the title track, which provide a graceful path in to the new record.
“Live Oak” was produced with drummer Pat Manske at Dripping Springs studio the Zone, with a core backing crew of Manske, keyboardist Bukka Allen, guitarist Jeremy Menking and bassist Pat Harris. Others who appear include Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson from Steve Earle’s band, trumpeter Shane Pitsch and singer Kacy Crowley. Nail will celebrate its release on Aug. 17 at Cactus Cafe.
We’re giving “Like Oak” its full streaming premiere today on Austin360: