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Vince Gill Returns with Guitar Slinger

Vince Gill Returns with Guitar Slinger

Country legend Vince Gill will return on Oct. 24 with Guitar Slinger, his first studio album since 2006’s Grammy-award winning release, These Days.

His latest effort was a family affair, beginning with its title track about his courtship with wife Amy Grant.  Grant co-wrote three tracks on the album, also singing with Gill and her daughter Sarah Chapman on “True Love.” Gill’s daughters, Jenny and Corinna, also harmonize on the album, which was recorded in Gill’s home studio in Nashville.

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“It was just a great environment,” Gill told Billboard.com. “When things come from home, they just feel different. I’m in there barefoot most of the time, maybe in a pair of gym shorts. I don’t have to doll up and leave town, so to speak. You walk down the hall and there’s the kitchen and Amy’s in there knockin’ up some brownies or making some cookies or whatever the heck… It doesn’t feel commercial. It feels like somebody’s home. The musicians who played on this record loved the vibe that went on in the process of recording these songs and spending time in the house. It doesn’t feel like work, in a really neat kind of way. There were times where I didn’t know if we were really working or just screwing off.”

Although Guitar Slinger is rooted in country, the set also touches on rock and rhythm and blues with diverse songs ranging from dark and serious themes to upbeat and hopeful.

“I feel like the emphasis has been on the songs and the songs have gotten better,” said Gill. “They really run the gamut of what they are about, how they feel, how they sound. It’s not an all-traditional record, it’s not an all-contemporary record; it’s all over the map, like I kind of have always been. But it doesn’t feel out of step with anything I’ve done previously.”

Lead single “Threaten Me With Heaven” has taken on new meaning since the April 2010 death of Will Owsley, who collaborated on that song and “When Lonely Comes Around.”

“Since the song was recorded, my friend Will Owsley took his own life, so the song has a profound impact on me now,” said Gill. “It’s a powerful, powerful song. I feel like it’s the crown jewel of the new record.”

Gill was recently honored as one of Nashville’s jewels. In advance of the record, Music City Mayor Karl Dean presented a proclamation on Oct. 13 honoring Gill ‘s “extraordinary talent and contributions” and recognizing Vince Gill Week. He also announced that Gill will serve as grand marshal of the 59th annual Nashville Christmas Parade, which will be held Dec. 2 and starts at Public Square Plaza.

Fans should also stay tuned for Gill’s upcoming CMT Crossroads performance with Sting, set to air in November. 

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