As music falls in waves in ones own life — discoveries of genre, deep dives into labels and self-contained scenes, or just a convergence of like-minded souls finding solace in a similar sound — its hard not to follow the natural patterns. Lately, I’ve taken some comfort in the rise of ambient country as a life raft for modern times. The genre has not only found its way into many of the labels and artists that I’ve naturally gravitated to and already enjoy, but those artists have lead me to seek out more kindred spirits long traveling the haunted highway. The assembled players in Nashville Ambient Ensemble have all found that crossroads at sometime or another, and many have been perfecting it for years. At the head, Michael Hix is orchestrating a group that’s steeped in the last light of dawn as it reflects from the flashing on the pedal steel and their upcoming LP for Centripetal Force is one of the highlights of the new year. Naturally, as the band’s next album approaches, I’d wondered about gems in his own collection that may have laid the ground work and he’s come through with just such a treasure. Read below as he explores the masterwork of Lino Capra Vaccina’s Antico Adagio and the effect the album has made on his own recordings.