David Nail Concert Review: Up-And-Coming Superstar
Submitted by FanBolt on January 11, 2010 - 08:07 pm
David Nail / Photo credit: Andrew Southam
When up-and-coming country star David Nail began his career nearly ten years ago, the last place he thought he'd be was the Dean Lesher Theater in Walnut Creek standing next to St.. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. That's exactly where he found himself Saturday night as Nail performed a short set for La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation benefit show. The 19th annual Stars To The Rescue was an event to remember, as Jon Anderson from Yes as well as comedian Chas Elstner and many others joined forces to raise money for La Russa's foundation which helps save the lives of abandoned dogs and cats as well as provide a no kill shelter and dozens of community outreach programs.
Nail' s acoustic performance was a high point mid way through the 3 hour show. Just seconds after Nail walked on stage shouts of "Red Light," could be heard. The request for Nail's hit song which is currently in heavy rotation on country radio was met with a smile from the singer. "I'm sure we'll get to that one," he said.
As Nail's set continued it was obvious the young singer was nervous. After the second song he acknowledged it.
"Tony La Russa just introduced me. That's a big deal for a Cardinals fan." There was a small delay midway through the set when the house band was brought on stage. The silent audience patiently waited as the band settled in. Nail slowly walked up to the mic and said "Willie McGee was my favorite Cardinal." The audience roared in laughter and Nail had accomplished the task of winning the crowd over.
Nail's live set is just as intriguing as his recorded material. With a smooth voice and delivery the country singer has a hint of blues in his music. Judging by the reaction of every female in the audience, Nail could have the ability to cross over to pop. For now he sticks with country and as the set came to an end with "I'm About To Come Alive," the audience gave him a standing ovation. La Russa met him center stage
"We have a tradition at these ARF events of getting up-and-coming country superstars. We've had Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and now David Nail." Of all the accolades and praise Nail has gotten over the last few years it seems likely La Russa's words meant the most.
Review By: Tyler Sobie
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