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Meet Israel Nebeker - Lead Singer of Blind Pilot

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Blind Pilot members: Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobroski I Photo courtesy of their MySpace.
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Some people go green by driving Priuses. Others brag about their bio-diesel conversions. Don't get me wrong. These are both admirable attempts at meaningful earth friendliness, but when you really want hardcore bragging rights, nothing beats abandoning the auto altogether. For their first West coast tour, The folk-pop duo known as Blind Pilot decided to head from Vancouver to San Diego by...bicycle.

Constructing their own homemade trailers for their instruments and with no real set plan, Portland natives, Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobroski, set off down the coast on only two wheels. Before his show at the Wiltern Monday evening, Nebeker was kind enough to talk with the LAist about his harrowing adventures on that bike tour as well as the debut album that followed, 3 Rounds and Sound. Here is some of what was said.