David Nail is a precocious character. The son of a music teacher and born with a natural love for Elton John, Glen Campbell, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles, he just assumed this was the music the entire world was listening to and nothing else. Thus the Missouri artist's songs have a timelessness akin to the Great American Songbook, and beneath his southern twang, an emphasis on the big, bold chorus and universally affecting imagery-- rain, the radio, piano keys and human relationships. The Sound of a Million Dreams is almost literal, it speaks to the millions of people feeling Nail's spectrum of emotions all across the continent. Perhaps this is why the music is so appealing; there is something about David Nail's honesty that supersedes being stuck in one genre, place, or time, no matter how easy it is to describe the songs in simple terms. Most importantly, beneath every inflection is Nail's personal journey, coating the songs in an authenticity that is imperative to music that is free of the bells and whistles of today's over-feathered pop production, no auto-tune or military-grade bass drops to distract from the core. With nothing to hide behind but an acoustic guitar, David Nail is more than happy to share his rugged soul with the audience, and his West Village Barber Shop-set performance feels as natural as a conversation with a friend.