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I'm About to Come Alive
     

I'm About to Come Alive

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by David Nail
 
David Nail is a relatively new voice in contemporary country music, and he's determined. Despite the disappointment of his first album going unreleased because of a label shakeup that had nothing to do with him, he took some time out to rethink his priorities and came right back. He issued the title track of this set as a single back in 2008 to test the waters and

Overview

David Nail is a relatively new voice in contemporary country music, and he's determined. Despite the disappointment of his first album going unreleased because of a label shakeup that had nothing to do with him, he took some time out to rethink his priorities and came right back. He issued the title track of this set as a single back in 2008 to test the waters and then dove in to record a contemporary country record that stands out for a number of reasons. For starters, even though it appears on MCA Nashville, it doesn't sound like the cookie-cutter mold that most albums coming from Music City do these days -- like warmed-over 1970s rock with fiddles and banjos in specific places in songs to make them sound "country." Nail and producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke (who is a killer guitar player, too) have assembled a solid set of 11 tunes with an incredible cast of musicians, some of whom aren't normally associated with the genre: legendary Los Angeles session guitarist Waddy Wachtel and keyboard wizard Chuck Leavell, to name two. And bassist Glenn Worf (among others) may be Nash Vegas fixture, but he's also played on a load of albums by the likes of Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Bramlett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joan Baez. But it's the songs that make I'm About to Come Alive notable. This group of songwriters seems to have written for this particular singer, and have overwritten nothing. It's a set of tunes that is almost completely free of clichés. Nail is a vocalist who comes more out of the Don Henley school than Tim McGraw's. He has a beautiful tenor voice that glides through midtempo rockers about places ("Missouri" and "Mississippi"), seemingly aimless travel that costs plenty emotionally ("Strangers on a Train"), lost love ("Again"), and other themes associated with the genre, but he's got so much soul in that voice of his that you believe every word. In addition, the musical arrangements and production are so natural in comparison to what else is out there currently that Nail's sound feels nearly organic. The drums sound live, the guitars are not compressed to death, and his emotive vocal melds perfectly with them. Check out the laid-back "Clouds," a song about leaving through the back door, but for all the right reasons. "Strangers on a Train," with an uncredited backing vocal, is the most killer broken-heart love song on the set. Jim Hoke's harmonica sounds like Neil Young's on Harvest, and Wachtel's guitar playing lifts Nail's voice above the lyrics and he pulls those lyrics with him in his delivery -- also check the straight-ahead rocker "Looking for a Good Time," which is most certainly not a barroom anthem (there aren't any here). For all practical purposes, I'm About to Come Alive

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602517652934
catalogNumber:
001100302
Rank:
49499

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Performance Credits

David Nail   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Natalie Hemby   Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
Jay Joyce   Electric Guitar
Chuck Leavell   Piano,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Fred Eltringham   Drums
Mike Wrucke   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Stoney LaRue   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kenny Chesney   Composer
Chuck Leavell   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Oran Thornton   Engineer
Mike Wrucke   Producer,Engineer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Scott Underwood   Composer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Charlie Colin   Composer
Melissa Peirce   Composer
Rob Hotchkiss   Composer
Pat Monahan   Composer
Jimmy Stafford   Composer
Gary LeVox   Composer
David Nail   Composer
Clint Bennett   Composer
Sean McConnell   Composer
Lee Miller   Composer
Dan Colehour   Composer
Bruce Wallace   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer

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I'm About to Come Alive 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WolfLady86 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good if your lookin fer a country cd that is not too fast paced.