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This week in Tracking New Music, we’re featuring Opry member Vince Gill’s latest music and his “best work yet.”
After five years, Vince Gill is back with with his latest album, Guitar Slinger.
The singer, songwriter, and musician just marked 20 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry alongside his family and some of his best friends in country music. He’s entering his fifth year as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He’s sold more than 26 million records, and has 20 Grammys on his shelf— more than any other male artist in country music history. Yet, the lauded artist who is also known as perhaps the nicest guy in all of Nashville, says he’s as happy with his latest album as with any project in his career to date.
“Guitar Slinger, which was recorded at Vince’s home studio, is a complex work that deals with, and sometimes questions, human nature…In many places throughout the record, Vince’s soulful lead guitar work is like a fantasy meeting of Eric Clapton and Brad Paisley,” gactv.com writes.
“After all this time of making records, I feel like this is the best work I’ve ever done,” Gill says from New York City, where he had taped a TV special for CMT with rocker Sting the evening before. “It feels amazing not to be going backwards, but to instead be playing better than I think I ever have. I want this to be the most productive stretch I’ve ever had. I want to produce a real quantity of work while I am in this place.”
Upping his quantity game is an incredibly tall order, considering his last project was the unprecedented 43-song, four-CD album These Days, a Grammy-winner for Best Country Album. Yet no matter how driven Gill may be to create great music, he seems equally driven on stage and off to simply enjoy the time he spends with friends, family, audiences, and, yes, his guitars.
His massive output of guitar playing and genre-defining songs—he’s the only songwriter to have won CMA Song of the Year honors four times—is met with humility and signature self-effacing humor. At the CMT taping with Sting he reportedly laughed to the crowd, “I always wanted to be a rock star, I just couldn’t fit into the spandex!”
It should come as no surprise that the guitar takes center stage for much of the Guitar Slinger project and is given top billing on the CD cover art, over Gill, himself. “The guitar has been one of the biggest parts of my life,” Gill says. I have pictures of me with a guitar by the time I was two years old. I just don’t remember a day not having one. I can’t fathom my life without holding one.”
Nor does he go long without touching a guitar these days. “I still pick one up to play every day,” he says.
To hear and buy the album, read more about Guitar Slinger, play guitar trivia, and more, CLICK HERE. Plus, enter the Guitar Town sweepstakes where you could win an acoustic AND electric guitar autographed by Mr. Gill, tickets to the Opry, backstage tours of both the Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry House, and much more.
And before you check out all things Vince Gill, here’s a video that pays tribute to many of the great Opry moments over Vince’s career, including his Opry debut:
Also released this week, check out the latest from Toby Keith. Since 2005, Toby has released a new studio album each year, and with his 2011 album Clancy’s Tavern, he’s right on track. After writing or co-writing 10 of the 11 songs on the album, the new music offers tales of good times, loyalty, hard times, and much more.
Among the tracks on his latest record, the album features hit song “Made In America,” plus “Just Another Sundown,” “I Need To Hear A Country Song,” “I Won’t Let You Down,” and more.The deluxe version of the album also includes live versions of “High Time You Quit Your Low Down Ways,” “Truck Drivin’ Man,” and more.