While Music City tends to concentrate on the relationship between an artist and their guitar, David Nail is one artist who can captivate the attention and imagination of an audience with just his voice and a piano -- henceforth his masterful record "The Sound Of A Million Dreams."
Tomorrow night, Nail will kick off the fall leg of his tour in Cincinnati. While he has performed in front of some large crowds this year touring with acts such as Keith Urban and Gavin DeGraw, many of the dates on the tour are at smaller and more intimate venues -- a surrounding the Kennett, MO native loves.
"Three or four years ago, when we got started, I knew there may be some people who came out because they dug some of the stuff we did, but I felt if we could get out there and invest in the people, they would invest in us," he tells Billboard. "We've done that in a lot of places. I kind of prefer playing a lot of the smaller rooms, especially at this point in my career, I feel it's a lot easier to reach the people."
Nail says that he has tried to build his touring and recording career slowly but surely - and is proud of the role that his fans play in spreading the word. "I have learned from Twitter that you get that instant feedback about what people think about what you did. I noticed a lot of people there who have seen us. They seem to take a lot of pride in seeing it from a different perspective and a different size of place, and that they've been there from the beginning. That was one of the first things I latched onto when I moved to town. I would hear people talk about building things from the ground up and word of mouth, and that's the best way to start things off. If you've got someone who is really taken by what they saw last night, and they tell people at work, it's human nature that the next time you come to town, they're going to be intrigued by what the big fuss is about."
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His latest project is a three-song EP entitled "1979," and features acoustic versions of "The Sound Of A Million Dreams" and "Half Mile Hill," as well as a spectacular version of Adele's "Someone Like You," which highly respected programmer Marci Braun at WUSN in Chicago recently added to the station's playlist.
"I've known Marci for a long time. She was one of the first radio people I ever met. She was working up in Green Bay at the time, and I feel we've grown in the business together. Even if it wasn't my song, I love someone who throws something a little different out there, and sees if it works. We released the song out to the public through the web, and I guess there's always something that goes through your mind 'What if someone gets excited about this, and starts playing it.' But, we sure didn't have any intention of getting it played," he confesses.
More than anything, Nail cut the song because of the impact it made -- on him. "I think more than anything, it's one of the best songs I have heard the past ten years. I really felt a connection with Adele and the song. Sometimes you get so jaded, you don't have those initial connections and emotions with music, because you are promoting your own. I remember hearing the song for the first time, and could really feel completely what she was when she was singing the words. It was very easy."