Hear David Nail’s Cover Of Glen Campbell’s ‘Galveston’ [AUDIO]
The new album from David Nail called I’m A Fire was released this week, and it features 11 great songs, including his most recent number one hit “Whatever She’s Got.”
One thing is for certain, David Nail has one of the most pure voices in country music. One of the songs on the album that caught my attention right away was the cover of “Galveston,” originally performed and made a hit by Glen Campbell. Although the original features only Campbell’s voice, Nail has taken the song in a bit of a different direction with his modern day version.
Calling on Lee Ann Womack, Nail has given the song a bit of a duet feel while sticking to the true identity of the melody of the hit song from the ’70s.
The Glen Campbell version incorporates more of an orchestral type of sound, with lots of strings and horns, that was very popular among both country music and pop music of the time it was released in 1969. As a matter of fact, Campbell took the song to number one on three charts — country, hot singles and easy listening!
So which is my favorite? Tough call on that one. I really like the new arrangement that Nail has come up with. Womack is an excellent addition to just about any song. Even though I think that some covers are pretty weak, this one holds its own and is a great tribute to Campbell. Given the state of Campbell’s health these days, the timing certainly is perfect for the release of the song on this particular album.
That being said, I am a fan of the purity of the songs of the 1960s/’70s. For some reason, there is a relaxing quality to the way Campbell sang any song. Nail has one of the best and most unique voices on country radio…but I just can’t get the emotion from him the way I do when I listen to the earlier hit version. Even with Womack, the song just doesn’t take me on a mental trip to Galveston the way that Campbell did.
As a fan of traditional and older singers and country music, it was such a great surprise to learn that Nail included this song on his album. It proves that even the big stars of today haven’t lost sight or forgotten the great songs and performers that have paved the way for what we are getting on radio today and where we are heading as the most powerful and programmed format of music.