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David Nail Pours It On in New York City

"It was one of my favorite nights of 2011."

It seemed like the sound of a million screams for David Nail’s first-ever headlining performance in New York City recently.

Playing to a boisterous crowd of flannel-shirted guys and a particularly vocal contingent of young ladies, David had the Webster Hall crowd in the palm of his hand for the duration of his hour-and-fifteen-minute set. And the rapturous response clearly wasn’t lost on the Missouri native, who frequently remarked how amazed he was to be playing the Big Apple.

“It’s impossible not to feel different standing on a New York City stage!” he told afterward. “It was one of my favorite nights of 2011.”

Touring in support of his sophomore album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, David made sure the November release was well-represented. The tribute to his wife, “Catherine,” the swirling “She Rides Away” and his interpretation of Adam Hood’s rollicking “Grandpa’s Farm” all burned brightly enough to take the chill out of the wet December night, as did a powerhouse cover of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be.”

But it was during his current Top 10 single, “Let It Rain,” that David really poured it on, happily allowing the audience to carry the chorus and hijacking their camera-phones to capture the connection between fan and artist. Released last February, the cheatin’ song, co-written by David and Jonathan Singleton, has made a steady and determined march into the upper tier of the chart. “This is my second Top 10 single,” David said from the stage, recalling his earlier success with “Red Light.” “But my first as a songwriter.”