David Nail’s slow burn soul country has been garnering attention from places as diverse as the Sundance Film Festival to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and the word of mouth buzz is seeing the man who just scored his first #1 with the 48 week old “Let It Rain” doing capacity business in various small halls. With his Southern steeped sounds – including gospel, piano from Rolling Stones’ musical director Chuck Leavell, and blues from the Delta – Nail’s kind of country has caught the ear of pop singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, who asked him to team up for a run through Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee in March.
“Gavin is such a great singer,” says the Kennett, Missourian. “What he does with popular music is kind of what I hope I can do with country: blur the lines of what people think, but also turn up the passion when you sing – because that’s the one thing all people relate to.”
Obviously Nail’s passion has already made a pretty significant mark on the Midwest. His first run of 2012 took the man who co-wrote “Let It Rain” through an oversold show in Cincinnati, capacity plays in Chicago and a capacity-raised concert in Columbus, Ohio.
“When the people come out, I think they’re looking to feel something,” Nail continues. “They’re looking to have someone else know what’s going on in their life. They enjoy hearing a band like mine: guys who know how to play, and who every night are gonna try to push those songs even further than they ever have. You can see it on their faces…
That’s one of the things I really like about Gavin, too. He doesn’t limit himself to what something’s supposed to be. He lets the music really push him and it takes them to some great places.”
Already the pair’s latest date, March 16 at Brick Street in Oxford, Ohio, is sold-out. Tickets remain for the other six dates, starting March 8 at Buster’s in Lexington, Kentucky.
“It proves what I believe: people love music for what it is, not what we call it,” says the son of a small town high school band director. “They know if it feels real and true. I think Gavin’s fans are gonna sense that in my music, and I know my fans probably already know all about Gavin, so it’s a win/win for everybody coming to the shows.”
Check out David covering Gavin DeGraw’s ‘I Don’t Want To Be’ with Yahoo Music by clicking HERE.
For a list of tour dates, please visit David’s official website, www.DavidNail.com.