Frankly, any evening with Vince Gill would be a good thing, but when it’s the kickoff to the Ryman’s annual Bluegrass Nights series in the centennial anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth, it’s bound to be beyond just good. Gill tends to assemble bands (and setlists) for his bluegrass shows on a just-in-time basis, but early word has it that the crucial fiddle and banjo slots will be filled respectively by the masterful Stuart Duncan and Jim Mills, the latter an IBMA award winner whose Nashville absence has been felt since his departure from Ricky Skaggs’ band last year. Add stalwarts Mike Bub on bass and Jeff White on guitar, and even the most jaded ’grasser will admit to something special — and that’s before taking into account the man up front, now plowing into his fourth decade as one of the strongest all-around bluegrass pickers and singers there is. Tickets Still Available!
Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett and a slew of other singer-songwriters have recorded songs for This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, set for a November 1 release date on Icehouse Music.
The album includes 30 tracks, recorded in Nashville and Austin and produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp.
Raised in Texas, Clark has spent the past 40 years in Nashville with his wife, the songwriter and painter Susanna Clark.
TWO-TIME HALL OF FAMER JOINS JENNIFER ANISTON, RICHARD BURTON, HEART AND HAL DAVID ON LIST OF 2012 INDUCTEES
NASHVILLE, TN — Next year, country music superstar Vince Gill will add a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to his list of honors that includes inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Walk of Fame honorees for 2012 include actors Jennifer Aniston, Richard Burton, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and Adam West, music legends Barry White, Hal David and David Foster, the band Heart and cartoonist Matt Groening.
This will be his family’s second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His wife, singer/ songwriter/author Amy Grant, received a star in 2006.
Gill moved to Los Angeles when he was 19 and lived there from 1976 until 1983. “It was one of the best times in my life,” he says. “I have a great fondness for it.
The July issues of People Country & Ladies Home Journal caught up with the nicest guy in country music and asked him a few questions. People Country explores what Vince says about the blessings in his life, while Ladies Home Journal asks the legend about some of his favorite independence day memories! Both issues on newsstands now!
Prolific country music star Vince Gill is prepping for the release of his first album in five years, ‘Guitar Slinger,’ which features some of the darkest songs of his career. One of those is ‘Threaten Me With Heaven,’ the CD’s first single that Vince wrote with wife Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and the late Will Owsley. The song was inspired by the story of a devout Christian who received some bad news after visiting the doctor but joked, “Well, what are they going to do? Threaten me with heaven?” Vince was so moved by the story that he was compelled to write about it. But then the song took on a whole new meaning before it was even released.
“Since the song was recorded, my friend Will Owsley took his own life, so the song has a profound impact on me now,” the singer explains. “In my lifetime, ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’ has been the song that helped a lot of people through their grief. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing. It’s a powerful, powerful song. I feel like it’s the crown jewel of the new record.”
Vince Gill Returns With “Threaten Me With Heaven” Calls New Single “Crown Jewel” of Forthcoming Album, Guitar Slinger
NASHVILLE, TN — After a long and musically productive spell of writing, touring and recording with other artists, Vince Gill roars back on his own with “Threaten Me With Heaven,” which will be released in late summer and is his first single in four years. The song is the opening salvo from his MCA Records album, Guitar Slinger, due out this fall.
Gill co-wrote “Threaten Me With Heaven” with his wife, singer/songwriter Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and Will Owsley.