David Nail - 1979 EP
Record Label: MCA Nashville
Release Date: July 17, 2012
David Nail is a country singer/songwriter from Kennett, MO, that made a splash in 2009 with his breakup ballad "Red Light." Since then he has expanded his sound and in 2011 launched a number one hit single with "Let it Rain," a driving power ballad about infidelity. While Nail continues to bang away at album number three, he's released a three song EP to keep his fans satiated.
Entitled 1979, the year in which the Missourian was born, the digital-only disc consists of two cuts from last year's The Sound of a Million Dreams as well as a cover of Adele's mega-hit "Someone Like You." Marketed as a piano-vocal EP, the songs are exactly that. Just Nail and a piano. The disc opens with "The Sound of a Million Dreams," a song about the power of music and its importance on one's ability to persevere. There's also a good chunk of nostalgia and looking-glass wisdom as well, but in sum, the song is a vehicle for Nail to showcase his inimitable voice.
That same theme is revisited on his audacious cover of Adele's worldwide smash "Someone Like You." While it is certainly lofty and a bit of a risk to tackle such a giant song, Nail does a serviceable job. The cover doesn't exactly do anything to bolster or further his credibility, but it does satiate the fans, who begged for him to release the cut after a YouTube surfaced of the singer performing it during a sound check.
But the real head-turner on 1979 is "Half-Mile Hill," a gorgeous ballad about small-town life, growing up and the lessons we learn as we grow. It is in many ways a quintessential country song and also a landmark song for Nail. Truth be told, if he can write songs like this for the rest of his career, there is little reason to think he won't make a serious dent in the landscape of country music.