‘GUITAR SLINGER,’ SINGER/SONGWRITER VINCE GILL KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND A SONG
Vince Gill is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. If you listen to music — from bluegrass and country to pop — you probably know Vince Gill as one of the above.
Gill will perform on the grandstand stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night, closing out the week of entertainment at The Great Frederick Fair. Tickets cost $52 reserved track seating and $47 reserved grandstand seating.
He has recorded more than 17 studio albums, won 20 Grammy Awards and 18 Country Music Association Awards, including the CMA’s first two-time Entertainer of the Year and the only to win five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards and has won four Song of the Year awards.
And he’s still not done.
Gill will release a new album Oct. 25. It’s called “Guitar Slinger” and though it’s his 18th studio album, it’s a first for the multi-talented artist.
“We recorded it in the studio in my home,” said Gill in a phone interview from a hotel room in Morgantown, W.Va., recently, where he had the day off and a show the next night. If it hadn’t been raining, the interview with the avid golfer might have been from a golf course somewhere in West Virginia.
“It was unbelievably relaxed. I don’t know that I wore shoes for any of this,” he said with a laugh. “Most studios can be commercial feeling. We had windows and a kitchen down the hall.” The fact that he didn’t have to pay for studio time also contributed to the relaxed vibe of this recording time.
“People don’t realize the economics of recording are pretty substantial,” Gill explained. Studio time costs — unless it’s the studio in your home.
The album took over a year to complete, but Gill said the extra time gave him time to get the vocals and instrumentals, just right.
The first single from the song, “Threaten Me With Heaven,” is at radio. It was written by his wife Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and Will Owsley.
“(Owsley) passed away after we recorded the song, he plays a little guitar on that,” Gill said. He believes that like “Go Rest High On That Mountain” has helped a lot of people through their grief, “Threaten Me With Heaven” will, too.
The song tells the story of a guy who “received some bad news about the extent of his life that was left. His comment was ‘what are they going to do, threaten me with heaven?’” Gill said.
“Guitar Slinger” is an interesting record, he said. “I probably write songs from a different place at (age) 54 than at 24,” he said. “I like things that are real, that are the truth. There are some dark songs, some beautiful songs. A lot are guitar-driven on the first half. It’s sort of two kinds of records.”
Gill said he is often painted as a country music traditionalist, but “I’m not shy about making a contemporary country record,” he said. “I don’t want to see (the traditional) go away … . The music is about great songs.”
Gill’s hits include “Never Knew Lonely,” “Liza Jane,” “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “One More Last Chance,” “What the Cowgirls Do,” “If You Ever Have Forever In Mind,” “When I Call Your Name,” … well, there are just too many to list here.
Read more of Susan Guynn’s interview with Vince Gill on her blog, Three Chords and the Truth, at www.newspost.com/threechords.