David Nail’s Sound of a Handful of Dreams Local Outreach Puts a Lucky Few in the Wings on Current Tour
David Nail knows what it’s like to stand on the edge and wonder how the dream feels. While he can’t buy people their own island in the sun or a new convertible, he realizes there’s a passion about how it feels when the music hits the fans that is indescribable. To that end, the Grammy-nominated singer has been reaching out to the fans for each of his shows on the Billy Currington tour to let a pair of dreamers sit in the wings for his set.
“To feel what we feel when we’re onstage, and with the fans giving us all of that energy back…,” says the band director’s son from Kennett, Missouri, “there is nothing like that feeling. It’s not something you can’t put into words, and it’s something I wish everyone who’s ever sung along to ‘Red Light’ or ‘Let It Rain’ or ‘Turning Home’ could feel: to know that experience.
“I realize I can’t give away rides on a jet or take someone to Las Vegas for a weekend, but I’ve been so blessed and so fortunate, especially with the support my fans have given me. I wanted to give something back… to let them experience what this is that they’ve made possible for me. So, I figured I’d share the dream with at least a few.”
Working with local radio stations and through Twitter, Nail has sought out fans who want to share a moment of what it’s like. Response has been good, and in some ways, it’s made the Currington tour experience even more meaningful.
“As a big fan of David’s for several years, getting to meet him in person (FINALLY!!) and sit onstage during his concert was an absolute dream come true,” wrote Christy Bise about the Salem, Virginia show. “The kindness and generosity shown by David was something we’ll never forget. The whole experience far exceeded anything we could have ever imagined.”
“When we get emails like this, it reminds me how powerful all of this is,” Nail says of the response. “I’ve been able to tour with Taylor Swift and my friends in Lady A, so I know what this is… but to be able to let someone else sit right there and feel it, too… that’s almost as powerful: seeing the look on people’s faces the first time the crowd hits them.
“We can’t do this everywhere, but when we can, it’s awesome.”
Warming up with headlining dates at the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, SC (5/16) and the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC (5/17), Nail heads into his final weekend with Billy Currington at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC (5/18) and the Rome River Jam in Rome, GA (5/19). After a fun run and “The Sound of a Million Dreams” hitting the Top 40, Nail knows this weekend he’ll get to make a few more dreams come true.