David Nail recently celebrated his first No. 1 with “Let It Rain” and his brand of slow burn soul country has been getting attention from places as different as the Sundance Film Festival and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His music also caught the ear of pop singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw who liked what he heard so much he’s invited David to join him for several tour dates in Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee in March.
“Gavin is such a great singer,” David said. “What he does with popular music is kind of what I hope I can do with country: blur the lines of what people think, but also turn up the passion when you sing – because that’s the one thing all people relate to.”
On his first set of tour dates of 2012, David played an oversold show in Cincinnati, an at-capacity show in Chicago, and a capacity-raised concert in Columbus, Ohio. He believes people are coming out to catch his shows because they connect with his music.
“When the people come out, I think they’re looking to feel something,” he said. “They’re looking to have someone else know what’s going on in their life. They enjoy hearing a band like mine: guys who know how to play, and who every night are gonna try to push those songs even further than they ever have. You can see it on their faces.”
Tickets are already sold out for David and Gavin’s March 16 show at Brick Street in Oxford, Ohio. Tickets remain available for the other six dates. The run of shows kicks off on March 8 at Buster’s in Lexington, Kentucky.
“It proves what I believe: people love music for what it is, not what we call it,” David said. “They know if it feels real and true. I think Gavin’s fans are gonna sense that in my music, and I know my fans probably already know all about Gavin, so it’s a win/win for everybody coming to the shows.”
David Nail on Tour with Gavin DeGraw
March 8 Lexington, KY Busters
March 9 Pontiac, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 10 Saginaw, MI Temple Theatre
March 11 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
March 13 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
March 14 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
March 16 Oxford, Ohio Brick Street Bar