You’ve likely heard of the rock band Train. The group has a pop hit at the moment with “Hey, Soul Sister,” and its history includes the 1999 single “Meet Virginia” and the Grammy-nominated 2001 hit “Drops Of Jupiter.”
David Nail is certainly familiar with Train. His new album, I’m About To Come Alive, is titled after a song that first appeared on the band’s 2003 album My Private Nation. David’s producer suggested they do a version of it for his album after hearing David perform it repeatedly in concert.
“I am a huge Train fan,” David told The Erie Times-News. “I had been covering ['Come Alive'] in the majority of my acoustic shows for probably two years prior to going into the studio. It was a very personal song to me, when I started singing it. It was almost eerily similar to what I was going through.”
As it turns out, David’s admiration for Train is being reciprocated. The band’s lead singer, Pat Monahan, loved David’s version of “I’m About To Come Alive.”
“I think it’s awesome,” Pat told the Erie paper. “I really love his song ‘Red Light,’ too.”
Pat’s hardly alone in that regard. “Red Light” became David’s first Top 10 single — so the general public clearly liked it. David’s industry peers did, too. The Academy of Country Music nominated “Red Light” for Single Record of the Year against the Zac Brown Band’s “Toes,” Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”
It’s a nice pat on the back for David, who worked at music for years before he finally broke through. While most country fans are just now becoming familiar with him, he’s actually been whittling away at the business for the last decade or so. He recorded his first album in 2002, but the project was never released.
Like the rest of his career, “Red Light” developed slowly, too. He put it out in January 2009, and it didn’t hit the Top 10 until November — 10 months later.
David finally released his follow-up single, “Turning Home,” on the one-year anniversary of “Red Light”’s release. It’s a good thing that fans are now jumping on the David Nail train, because it allows him to keep pursuing music.
“What else in the world I would do?” he said. “There is no Plan B.”
The ACM’s verdict on “Red Light” will be revealed during the 45th annual awards in Las Vegas April 18.