Getting back into a routine after taking time off isn’t easy. Just ask David Nail, who kicked off his 22-city, headlining ‘I’m A Fire’ tour last week.
He tells People “I was starting to get used to being home. I just lay on the couch and nap.” But now that he’s back at it, couldn’t be more excited. “We’ve worked hard this year, more than I ever have,” he says.
“I still get nervous before a show. [Baseball manager] Tony La Russa told me if you stop feeling nervous before you go out there, you might as well quit.” That’s not the only advice he’s gotten. Wehn it comes to being a showman, he got some tips from some of the best: Taylor Swift, Lady Antbellum and Darius Rucker.
“The last night out with Darius he put his arm around me and said, ‘If you’ve learned anything at all from us, I hope it’s how to treat people.’”
From Lady A, he says he learned how important the small details are. “They are constantly tweaking. I had always felt like sound check was just you go out there, that sounds good, my job is done.”
As for Taylor, he says he learned to keep things simple. “When we were out with Taylor Swift I’d watch the show and all I could think was ‘Man, there’s so much room for error!’ How you’re able put 100 percent into your performance like she does, singing and walking down steps that are two feet wide and have no railing, it seems like there are too many things that could go wrong.”
That’s why his set doesn’t include any of that “Bridges, steps and ramps are a recipe for disaster for somebody like me,” he jokes. “I don’t do any tricks. I’m scared to death of heights. Sometimes I’ll look down off the stage and I’ll get freaked out. I try not to get too close to the edge.”
David plays the Pensacola Interstate Fair October 18.