Vince Gill is intense.
Who’d have thunk it?
He’s such a pleasant sort. Back when Gill hosted the CMA Awards (motto: “We’re still kind of, sort of different from all those other country awards shows”), he lent a folksy, casual air to the proceedings. And throughout his career — a career that has landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame — he has shown an ability to laugh at himself, to support fellow musicians rather than take sides in whatever petty squabbles are going on, and to remain affable, kind and funny.
I tried to railroad him on the phone, when I called the day after Hank Williams Jr. got the Monday Night Football yankeroo for comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. I figured I’d surprise Gill with an impossible-to-answer-without-looking-like-a-jerk question. It’d be my entry into gotcha journalism.