Burgers, brews and country music performers are the Elmwood Park stars Saturday, as the sixth annual Big Lick Burger Fest & Summer Jam is scheduled.
David Nail, who scored five top 20 country hits on the Billboard chart between 2009 and 2012, is the headliner. Hit-maker wannabes from the valley, including the Low Low Chariot and Adam Rutledge, will open the show. J.D. Sutphin, whose company Big Lick Entertainment puts on the burger fest, fronts the Low Low Chariot.
Nail’s biggest hits were 2012 No. 1 country single “Let It Rain,” featuring Sarah Buxton, and a No. 2 cut, “Whatever She’s Got,” released two years later, according to Billboard.com. An earlier number, “Red Light,” peaked at No. 7, according to the trade magazine’s online edition.
Southwest Virginia country music audiences should know Nail. He has played twice at Rocky Mount’s Harvester Performance Center, most recently in 2015. In March 2014, he was first on the bill in a Darius Rucker concert at what was then called Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum. In 2012, he opened for Billy Currington at Salem Civic Center.
His most recent album, from a project called David Nail & The Well Ravens, is “Only This and Nothing More.” Hear that disc’s “Heavy” at youtu.be/FYaoUNStaw8.
Nail and the other acts will provide a soundtrack for a burger feast and contest to see who can grill up the tastiest meat pucks. Over the years, some of the Roanoke Valley’s best-loved burger meisters have participated. Past winners include Martin’s Downtown, Mountain Grille and Rock & Roll Diner.