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David Sells Out, Then Goes South by Southwest
Over-Capacity Midwest Run Primes for Upcoming West Coast Run
Nashville: With a slowed down, almost sultry romp through Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” David Nail closed the final set of a beyond capacity run through the Midwest this weekend. After thanking the crowd (pushed to almost 1300) at Columbus, Ohio’s Bluestone Theater for believing in dreams and believing in music, he returned for an encore that blended a funky take on the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The night then came to a close with a charged version of the Commodores’ “Easy” before heading into a soul-churning version of “Turning Home,” dedicating it to the fans “who make all this possible.”
“This is what I believe music can do,” Nail said after leaving the stage. “This is what brings people together: it’s life, and it’s the songs, and it’s what happens when you bring all that together.”
With over-capacity crowds at the Brick Street Bar outside Cincinnati, Joe’s Bar in Chicago and the Bluestone, the groundswell around David Nail – who co-wrote his first #1 and the longest consecutive rising single to the top in charts history ("Let It Rain") – continues to grow. With a run through Florida, Texas and Arizona, the Grammy-nominated vocalist will hit the West Coast with a vengeance in mid-February.
“Everywhere we go, the crowds are getting bigger and people are telling their friends,” says the Southern-steeped vocalist. “We played the same place in Columbus last year to a little over 300 fans. This time, they raised the capacity from 1100 to 1300 for us, because so many people wanted to come out and hear the band.”
Starting Feb 3 at the Dallas Bull in Tampa and swinging through the Everglades Seafood Festival, Nail will play El Paso, Mesa and Flagstaff before decamping at Bakersfield’s historic Crystal Palace on Feb 11, as well as a Feb 15 stop at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. Nail will also play San Jose and Davis, California, before winding it all up in Las Vegas.
“The whole point of making music is to bring people together,” explains the Kennett, Missourian. “When we’re onstage and you look out into the crowd, you can’t imagine how one more person could fit in that room-- but they’re all swaying together or putting their hands up. That kind of community is a powerful thing… and to me, that’s what music is all about.”
With voting for the Academy of Country Music “Best New Artist” category coming to a close, people are still chattering about Siri’s seeming obsession with David Nail. Click below to see the vignette. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJZ2KY7cRBk )
And the critics are just as enthusiastic. After deeming Nail’s second release “Stunning,”Billboard cited it as one of their “Top 10 Country Albums of 2011,” Entertainment Weekly wrote “a voice that’s even easier listening than Keith Urban’s” and USA Today proclaimed, “Listen, and let your dreams run wild.”
For complete tour dates check out davidnail.com