The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana®will honor one of country music’s most accomplished singers, songwriters and musicians, Vince Gill, on his 20th anniversary as an Opry member on Sat., Aug. 13. The Country Music Hall of Fame member will be celebrated with performances by fellow Opry member and former employer Emmylou Harris,Martina McBride, John Anderson, The Time Jumpers, his wife Amy Grant, and his daughter, Jenny Gill.
“Over the past 20 years, Vince Gill has helped create dozens and dozens of incredible nights of music here at the Opry, welcoming some of his best friends and musical collaborators to the stage, debuting new material, and performing his hits that have since become country classics,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “He plays the Opry because he loves it, and the Opry family loves him right back. We’re excited to celebrate Vince’s 20 years with us among some of his best friends and biggest fans.”
VOTE For Vince! It was a decade that saw the emergence of a new breed of country mega-stars like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, and so many more. Two of Vince’s songs were nominated: “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” and “What The Cowgirls Do.” It also produced songs and videos that are now country classics! So take a trip back in time and vote daily to help us select the Top 50 videos of the 90’s!
Tune in to see the results of your voting when GAC airs the Top 50 Videos of the 90’s on August 15th at 8/7c. more!
A BENEFIT FOR PETE HUTTLINGER
A Night of Great Music, Electrifying Jams & Cool Collaborations
Tuesday, July 26 at Mercy Lounge
Featuring Live Performances by Vince Gill, John Oates, The Long Players,John Jorgenson, Mark Selby, Joe Robinson, Baillie & the Boys Della Croce & more!
Vince Gill, John Oates, The Long Players, John Jorgenson, Mark Selby, Joe Robinson, Baillie & the Boys, Sean Della Croce and others are coming together to lend their extraordinary talents to FOR PETE’S SAKE: YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE HEART – A Benefit for Pete Huttlinger on Tuesday, July 26 at Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via TicketWeb and at the door.
Vince Gill has carved an historic career out of recording emotionally-charged songs like ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’ and ‘Never Knew Lonely.’ But while other stars might lean toward more positive, up-tempo tunes, the 54-year-old admits he actually prefers the opposite.
“I like the blue side,” the Oklahoma native says (quote via GAC). “I’ve always liked the sad side of music … the sadder the better. I grew up and played a lot of bluegrass music, and the songs were somewhat morbid in a sense. Somebody’s going to die or something bad is going to happen. There was a great songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. He had my favorite quote of all time. He says ‘there’s really only two kinds of music: there’s the blues and Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.’”
Written by Edward Morris – CMT
He and Wife Amy Grant Were Guest Performers at Taylor’s Two Tanglewood Shows
Sure, there were fireworks. But it was the crackle of sweet memories that resonated through Vince Gill’s mind during the recent Fourth of July weekend as he stood onstage, singing with his musical idol, James Taylor.
Gill and his wife, pop and gospel singer Amy Grant, were Taylor’s personally-invited guests at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., on July 3-4. Each show drew a sold-out crowd of 18,000 fans.
“It was a magical couple of nights,” says Gill, who, despite his reputation for having recorded with virtually everybody else in the universe, had never worked with Taylor before.
“The first night we went out there [I told him], ‘I’ve got to say thank you for letting me cross this off my bucket list. My big sister brought your first record into the house. I’ll never forget it. I can remember her sitting there in her room and listening to that record even 40-some years later.”
By the latter 1980s Vince Gill had a crazy busy life but somehow, thus far, big time success had eluded him. He was 25 and one of Nashville’s most in-demand session players and singers, he was playing in Emmylou Harris’ band, he had a daughter with Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s Janis Oliver and had released a couple of albums on Buddha Records.
He was charting but nowhere near like contemporaries George Strait, Alabama or The Judds. Among the many projects Gill had been involved with over the years was Rodney Crowell’s country supergroup the Notorious Cherry Bombs and when the band’s keyboard player, Tony Brown, wound up on the production staff at MCA Records years later, he invited Gill over.