OTG’s RA Beattie recently shot and producted an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with Blind Pilot’s lead singer Israel Nebeker. This video was produced for Breedlove Guitars. Read the full interview here.
About Israel and Blind Pilot
Israel Nebeker is a songwriter from the Oregon Coast. His intricate folk-driven songs create an intimate space akin to the rainy, wild, sandy landscapes of his home and to the people whose stories belong to it. Nebeker’s songs have achieved connection to a worldwide audience through his singing of the profoundly personal.
His greatest successes have come through his role as songwriter/band leader/producer of Blind Pilot. His strong lyricism and colorful melodies have been at the center of the critically acclaimed band and the albums they have recorded. He has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, World Cafe, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.
As well as his own albums, Nebeker has recorded songs for numerous tribute compilations of pop/folk singers such as Townes Van Zandt, John Denver, and Jackson Browne, the most recent being a collaboration with Don Henley of The Eagles. Currently he and his band are recording their fourth album.
We were fortunate to catch up with Israel and the band before they performed to a packed house at Portland’s prestigious Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, where the band played with the backing of the Oregon Symphony. In the video Israel is playing the new Oregon Concertina E Myrtlewood – Myrtlewood guitar.