Any idea where you were five years ago, or what you were doing? Well, Vince Gill probably does. He was sitting back and enjoying the success his fourteenth studio album, Down to My Last Bad Habit was experiencing as it climbed the charts. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard Country Albums chart and fans were enjoying the first album from Gill since 2013 when he released Bakersfield.
Down to My Last Bad Habit was a collaboration heavy project including writers and artists across multiple music genres outside of the country. Some recognizable names were Little Big Town (“Take Me Down”), and jazz artist Chris Botti (“One More Mistake”).
Vince Gill pulled out all the stops
Gill did not hold back when creating this album. He had a hand on everything, co-writing all twelve recordings. And he reached into his bag of friends that he accumulated during his over forty-year-long career to find the perfect partners for each song.
The writing credits are a variable of who’s who in music. Including Ashley Monroe from the Pistol Annies, Richard Marx, Catt Gravitt and Leslie Satcher. Other artists involved were Alison Krauss, Charlie Worsham and Cam.
In 2016 Cam was a newcomer on the country music scene. She and Gill met at a benefit and Gill said that he just gushed over her. “I’m crazy about that kid I first met her a year or so ago: I was doing a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame out on the West Coast and she was there, and they told us about her and we got her up there to sing a song, and she killed it and everybody loved her.”
Gill also made the album a family affair. His daughters, Jenny and Corrina provided background vocals throughout the album alongside singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb. And Vince rounded out the album with “Sad One Comin’ On (A Song for George Jones),” a tribute to country legend George Jones, who passed away in 2013.
Forty-plus years and not slowing down
Vince Gill has been an active singer-songwriter and performer since the mid-1970s. He has racked up more awards than most artists ever dream about in their entire careers. He has had over a dozen hit singles in the Top 100 with many of those toping country charts. Not to mention an impressive twenty Grammy awards and nineteen CMA awards, putting him behind only George Strait in wins with twenty-three.
Gill’s music has moved the hearts of listeners with solo singles like “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” “When I Call Your Name” and “Don’t Let Your Love Start Slippin’ Away.” But it is not just singles. Gill has also had multiple successful duets with artist like Patty Loveless (“My Kind of Woman/ My Kind of Man”) and Reba (“The Heart Won’t Lie”)
Vince Gill has established his place as a standard in country music and has been known to mentor multiple new artists starting their careers. He worked with Chris Young on his hit single “Sober Saturday Night.”
“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music. At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.”
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