David Nail Plays The Country Music Hall of Fame!
While his kind of country may not sound like Kitty Wells or Roy Acuff, David Nail takes a page from Patsy Cline’s complicated emotional canvases, Glen Campbell’s songscapes, and Willie Nelson’s notion of real life set to music. So if his progressive country soul seems like an odd fit for the Country Music Hall of Fame, the powers that be recognized his singular take on the genre – and asked him to kick off their Hot Nights at the Hall series on June 5th at 7 pm.
“I have a strong respect for all the music that happened long before I came to this town,” Nail says. “I remember when I discovered Garth Brooks, and that made me go back… I wanted to learn where his music came from, and I started digging. I found Glen Campbell – and I just kept going, because country’s past is what gives a lot of my music, I hope, it’s soul.
“To be asked by the Hall of Fame to perform, especially on the verge of CMA Fest, that makes me feel like what I’m doing isn’t lost. When folks like that recognize what’s going in my music, then I know I’m moving in a good direction-- especially when they think I’m strong enough to play on the verge of CMA Music Fest, literally the night before the CMT Awards, when so many country fans will be coming in from all over America.”
Indeed, Nail’s June 5th gig is the night before CMT’s Music Awards – and just as the CMA’s Music Fest is about to kick off. The man, who scored his first #1 with “Let It Rain” – after a record-setting 48 week rise to the top of the charts, is quickly finding his place as a consummate vocalist committed to the complexities of real moments and the way they impact us.
Nail’s performance kicks off the Hot Nights at the Hall series for 2012. Designed as both a way to bring members together in the name of music and the museum’s mission, as well as attract new members to that mission, the Hot Nights event includes food, exclusive access to the museum, the performance, and an autograph session with the Grammy-nominated vocalist. Additional information – or memberships, which start at $40 – can be found atwww.countrymusichalloffame.org/membership.
“The Hall of Fame is itself so important – and such a dream for so many artists,” explains the band director’s son from Kennett, Missouri. “What they do to preserve and call attention to all the artists who’ve helped create and expand this music is pretty hard to believe. They protect the instruments, clothes, records and recordings – and in that, they make sure that country music’s past isn’t lost forever. It doesn’t take much for that to happen, either. So I am honored in any way to help support the work they do.”
With “The Sound of a Million Dreams” hitting the Top 40, the man Billboard called “stunning” finishes up his Spring tour with Billy Currington and gets ready to get back into the more intimate rooms where he and his band can stretch out and play the musically-driven shows that were selling out small halls and rock clubs across the Midwest, Southeast and West Coast prior to his run with Gavin DeGraw.