David Nail’s sound is uniquely his own, but he takes his inspiration from the likes of Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson. His progressive country soul turned heads at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and so they asked him to kick off their Hot Nights at the Hall summer concert series on June 5.
“I have a strong respect for all the music that happened long before I came to this town,” David said. “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, its 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 when so many country fans will be coming in from all over America.”
The Hot Nights at the Hall series is designed to bring museum members together as well as attract new members. The members-only event includes food, exclusive access to the museum, the performance and an autograph session. Additional information including how to become a member can be found at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/membership.
“The Hall of Fame is itself so important – and such a dream for so many artists,” David said. “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.”
David has finished up his spring tour with Billy Currington and will get back to the more intimate venues, where he and his band can play their full set, which has been selling out halls and rock clubs across the country. His current single, “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” has hit the Top 40 and is still climbing.