A Chat With Vince Gill
I had a chance to talk with country great Vince Gill, for a story in the next issue of AC Weekly. He was just as nice on the phone (with that adorable giggle of his) as you would expect. While you will have to wait to read the entire interview online next Thursday, June 11, I’ve given you a sneak preview here. Tickets are still available for his show at Caesars on June 13.
In your long career, you’ve seen so many changes in country music and what’s popular. Is country music and country radio in a good place right now?
It’s not my favorite era. There are some neat records being made, great, talented people, but there’s not as much country music as I like. I love modern music, I love pop music, but not at the expense of my country music. It’s done this many times [changed directions]. I don’t worry about it — the music always comes back around. At the same time you can’t make young people be what they don’t want to be. Artists are going to record the kind of songs they like. The artists of today didn’t hear Buck Owens growing up, didn’t hear Ray Price.
What was your inspiration for doing a 4-CD set of new music with These Days?
I wanted to do it and that’s what mattered the most. If you can’t move yourself with something, you certainly can’t move anyone else. This is what I’ve loved; this is what I learned over the years. I love jazz so I got Diana Krall [the song “Faint of Heart”]. I worked with Del McCoury and sounded like I’m from the mountains of Kentucky. I was trying to be authentic [in all the genres]. With this album you can put on that romantic record, and it stays in that world. You can put on the bluegrass record. That was the beauty of making it.
What can fans expect at your show, and is your song set different when you are playing in a New Jersey casino rather than down South?
I don’t think so. I show up and do what I do. I’ve been coming up there for so long, I have as big a fan base in the northeast as I do anywhere in the country.