American punk trio formed in 1987
January 28th was the night we all awaited at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH as David Nail took the stage. Earlier in the day he tweeted “The day has come! Columbus, Ohio!”. David, being a huge sports buff and a man who really knows his sports teams told everyone on the radio that morning to wear a lot of OSU garb to the concert. Thanks David for calling out the Buckeyes during your interview!!
As we entered the 114 year-old building which used to be a Baptist church, the place was already hopping with dedicated fans of country music as well as fans of the bands opening for David and for David himself. (There sure were a lot of plaid shirts there – wonder how they knew he was going to perform in plaid??) The Bluestone is still resplendent with all the stained glass windows, balcony, private event rooms and basement event rooms as well. It was a little disconcerting the first time I attended an event there but the beauty of the place lends to a warm and inviting event venue.
The first opener for the show was Kicking Dixie with lead vocalist and guitarist John Andrews. They are a local band to Columbus and much of Ohio that I’ve seen a few times in the past and one I have always enjoyed! They are a slamming party band with great vocals and instrumentals that rocks the audience off their feet with their own individual songs and covers as well. (Kicking Dixie on Facebook and Myspace).
The second opening act featured Canaan Smith, singer and one-time reality star, who has a single that was just released to radio in January called “We Got Us”. Canaan was on “The Amazing Race” in 2009 - you might remember this young man from the show. He is energetic and downright adorable as he crooned his way into all the ladies’ hearts and a big whoop went out as he began singing his new song. Hmmmm….has several fans already! Find out how many and join them at www.canaansmith.com, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. His new single is on iTunes, and you can see the video for free on his website.
Now that the fire for the party was well stoked by such great talent and the audience was fired up it was time for David Nail to take the stage and hold a captive audience the rest of the night! David is down to earth as he fires off one memorable song after another and, bless his heart, he did not make us wait for his Number 1 “Let It Rain”! The crowd went crazy as David gave us his very best! "Red Light" and "Turning Home" are also particular favorites of mine. He was charismatic and even took one fan’s cell phone, video-taped the audience with it and we all let out a big OH-IO!! We Buckeyes absolute love the artists who remember our battle cry when they perform – thank you David!
The good folks at the Bluestone did not have a final tally of the audience when we left, but it holds up to 1,800 legally and there was not any room to be seen on the floor or in the balcony. Arms were waving everywhere and cell phones and cameras were flashing all night as David “Nailed” the show for all of us. It was indeed a pleasure to see an artist of his caliber performing so up close and personal and I must say this – I’ve waited a long time to see him in person and I was not disappointed!
David was nominated this year for ACM New Artist of the Year. Voting closed today but we will be eagerly awaiting the results of the first round in February. Meanwhile check out David yourself at www.davidnail.com, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter and download his new album “The Sound of a Million Dreams” at iTunes. Myself – I’ll be thinking about David Nail every time it rains now!
Calamity Annie, CMTT Music Contributor
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