Radio Feedback: David Nail Breaks the Law While Driving Through Memphis

By Annie Reuter

Welcome to Radio Feedback,’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.

As David Nail‘s latest single “Whatever She’s Got” climbs the country charts (currently in the Top 5 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart), he looked back 13 years to where it all began.

“The first time I ever heard any of the songs on the radio, it was my first record deal,” he told “I was 21 [and] I was driving through Memphis. Ironically, it was a song called ‘Memphis.’ I had just been doing an interview with a radio station so I kind of had an idea that they possibly might play it. I’ll never forget. I was driving across the river into Arkansas to Southeast Missouri where I grew up and it came on.”

Alone in the car, Nail said it was one of those moments that he wished he had someone beside him so he had proof that the moment just happened. Pretty soon his phone started ringing, so he wasn’t completely alone during that big radio moment.

“I had three or four family members that live in the Memphis area call me immediately,” he recalled. “That would have had to be my first cell phone so I was already breaking the law by talking on my cell phone driving. But it was an exciting moment.”

He added: “It’s always a neat thing when you find out people are listening to the radio and you come on spur of the moment and their first instinct is to let you know that your song is playing.”

David Nail’s I’m a Fire will be released March 4 and will include his current radio hit, “Whatever She’s Got”, which you can listen to below.


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