Vince Gill has a list of accolades spanning far and wide, including 20 Grammys, 18 CMA awards and induction into both the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Vince tells Boston.com that the Hall of Fame honor serves as motivation when it comes to his music.
“Some of my greatest heroes are songwriters, and so with getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, I feel motivated beyond even my expectations,’’ Vince said. “I feel like ‘OK, they’ve [given me] that, now go earn it.’’’
Vince is gearing up to release his new album, Guitar Slinger, on October 25. The album, his first new music since 2006, is a collection of songs ranging from traditional country sounds to a track that channels the Beatles in the harmonies. According to Vince, it is some of his best work yet.
“I felt like my whole life I’ve held back,’’ Vince said. “And in my defense, [I was] trying to be subtle. I think there’s always been a side of me that was trying to be the hip, cool, and groovy musician that said ‘Don’t overdo it, don’t show off too much.’’’
Songwriter Bob DiPiero agrees that Vince is producing his best music yet. “Vince is probably better than he was,’’ Bob said to Boston.com. “He’s loose from the radio funnel that songs have to sound a certain way in order for them to break out onto a Top 20 list. He’s free from the tyranny, so he’s free to be who he really is. He’s free to explore. His playing, if possible, is better than ever.’’
Vince recently celebrated his 20th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is scheduled to perform as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s All for the Hall benefit in Los Angeles on September 13.