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David Nail Enjoys ‘Spur-of-the-Moment’ Musical Inspiration

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Artists don’t always find inspiration when they need it, but David Nail has lucked out recently. His upcoming new album — the follow-up project to 2014’s I’m a Fire, tentatively titled Fighter — continues a recent trend of the singer finding inspiration even when he wasn’t looking.

“For whatever reason, the last couple records have been a spur-of-the-moment kind of [thing], [ones we] weren’t planning on doing,” Nail tells The Boot. “”Kiss You Tonight” [I’m a Fire‘s second and last single] was winding down, and I had been in the studio recording a couple of different things, and the label was like, if you feel like you can go in and make a record, go in and make a record. About two or three days later, we found the song called “Night’s on Fire,” and it was a no-brainer.

“As much as we wanted to record it and put it out immediately, I forced myself to pull back the reins a little bit and say, ‘Hey, I want you to live with it a little bit, and make sure it’s something you’re passionate about,’” Nail adds, “and it stood the test of time.”

Nail has spent the years since the release of his debut single, “I’m About to Come Alive,” in 2008 almost constantly in the studio or on the road — and that’s not about to change anytime soon.

“I think I’m so paranoid that if you take a step back, then you may take a step back forever,” he admits. “I always said I wanted to be as busy as possible, and I always heard in the very beginning, ‘If you’re not busy, it’s not good. If you’re not working, then that can’t mean good things for your career.’ … I’m always a little bit paranoid. I got that from my mama.”

There is no official word yet on when Fighter will be released. “Night’s on Fire” is available for download on iTunes.

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