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We think David Nail just might agree with Luke Bryan: "Rain" is a good thing. David Nail scored his first No. 1 hit with "Let It Rain" recently, and the soulful singer celebrated the Billboard chart-topper with a party at the Nashville offices of performance rights organization ASCAP.
"I don't think it ever really sank in until this morning," David told reporters during a pre-party press event. "I've been to a few of these. I've always been the guy that has enough going on that you get invited to one of these [No. 1 parties] occasionally, but you feel like, 'Why am I here? I have no business being here.' It kind of started hitting me today. My wife doesn't work on Mondays, so we were kind of running around together and . . . I'm trying to get my head wrapped around [it]. I'm sure that I'll look around the room and see a lot of people and I'm sure it'll be a little more emotional than I wish it were."
He credits co-writer Jonathan Singleton (who also co-wrote David's 2009 hit, "Red Light") with the song's signature guitar riff. "That guitar riff was all him and I knew the first time I heard it that it was real fresh and real unique." During the party, David was quick to thank singer singer/songwriter Sarah Buxton for providing background harmonies on the tune.
David, who has toured with Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, is happy to have another hit song fill up his nightly performance sets, but keeps it all in perspective. "You play 75 minutes with 'Red Light' and 'Turning Home' [as the main hit songs]. It's wild. I remember in September and November, thinking, 'Man, it's going to be great when we have that fourth song.' I was having dinner with Luke Bryan the other night, and he referenced the fact that he only really has to play two album cuts off his record [in concert]. I sat there and thought, 'That must be nice.' Here I am thankful to have three or four singles to spread over the course of a set and here you've got 43 out of the 50 minutes of your set [being] hit [songs]. So it definitely keeps you humble. . . . That's the overall feeling right now, is while I'm very thankful for this, my life's not complete just yet. I'm by no means fulfilled or content. If anything, this has just motivated me to have more of these moments."
The singer will hit the road soon with pop singer Gavin DeGraw for several tour dates in Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee in March. "I'm a huge Gavin fan and have been since his very first record," David says. "We've covered one of his songs in our show off and on for a couple of years now. It seems like he has a strong appreciation for Nashville and for our format here. It's funny, for the last six to 12 months, I would hear people comment on 'How come a country act doesn't [tour] with a pop act?' or vice versa and I always thought in the back of my mind that, given that opportunity, that that would be a cool thing. What better way to bring country listeners to Gavin DeGraw and pop listeners who have never really entertained the thought of country music [to country]? Hopefully we can do that together. At the end of the day, hopefully, we can kind of convert some people over, to not just me, but to recognize that there's a whole host of artists over here that they should be paying attention to."