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David Nail Review in Nashville Country Club
The Exit/In was packed & ready to go before David set foot on stage; opening act Russell Dickerson (www.facebook.com/russelled) handled the crowd like a pro by bringing a fusion of Keith Urban & Russell's own style on "You Look Good in my Shirt". Russell then performed a few of his originals, which weren't bad, but not anything memorable. Once Dickerson left the stage, a short set change proceeded then a few street like light props began to flash as a Vest covered band entered on-stage, including David Nail.
David was performing his first ever Nashville show as the headliner to a sold-out audience. During his first five songs, David calmly began each one by hardly making any eye contact with the audience...as an overly excited crowd shouted and yearned for acknowledgement from David. Then right before his 6th song, David addressed the audience, “I promised myself I wasn’t gonna talk much and I don’t plan to,” he stated. “But it means more to me than you can know that we sold this bitch out tonight.” (Quote from MusicRow.com)
The comment by David seemed to satisfy his fans well enough who became even more involved in the show as David sweated through each song without missing a beat on hitting tenor notes in perfect tone. David also joked about picking the wrong night to wear a long shirt, noting his sweaty appearance. Nail performed various tunes off of his "I'm About to Come Alive" album with "Let it Rain" "Turning Home" & his 2009 Grammy nominated "Red Light". Earlier in the day David told the WSIX he was happy to have songs such as "Red Light" & "Let it Rain" on the radio, because as a new artist David felt uncomfortable performing in front of a crowd that knew nothing of him. He purposefully placed each radio single with one towards the beginning then one at the end of the set, to make sure he kept his crowd connected to the well-known tunes while also mixing in a couple cover tunes.
David also mixed it up towards the middle of his set, by having his band exit the stage except for David's keyboard player who accompanied David on a medley of cover tunes by Gavin DeGraw (I Don't Wanna Be) & Ryan Adams (Firecracker). David controlled his vocal projection with such grace without overwhelming his audience while also strongly infusing his soulful range into each melody. Overall, I truly felt mesmerized by the stage lights as David crooned out his more than gorgeous voice. www.davidnail.com