"Wasn't hard for me to see all I was ever gonna be…was a Guitar Slinger" sings Vince Gill on the title track of his new album. That one line says a lot, a guitar slinger he is, and an extraordinary one at that. However, slinging his 6 stringer isn't all he's got. Combine poignant songwriting and pure tenor vocals and an incredible CD is born. "Guitar Slinger" is the first CD from Vince Gill since the 2006 4-disc CD set "These Days." Vince took his time on this project, writing or co-writing every song on the CD as well as recording it in his new home studio.
Not only was the album recorded at Vince's home, but it has other personal touches as well. His wife, Amy Grant, and their daughters Jenny, Sarah and Corrina all join Vince on this album. In addition, many of the songs come from a very authentic place. For example "Billy Paul" is a dark song about a friend of Vince's who took his life after taking someone else's. The very traditional sounding "Buttermilk John" was inspired by the passing of the great steel guitar player John Hughey, and the current single off the album, "Threaten Me with Heaven" has had a deep impact on Vince himself. A friend, and co-writer of the song, Will Owsley took his own life before the song was even released. Vince has described the single as very powerful and "the crown jewel" of the new album. It is definitely one of those songs that really makes you think, and can move you to tears.
Throughout the album Vince references bits and pieces of his own life in some of the songs. He has a way of putting a personal touch on a song that reaches though the CD and makes the listener feel his passion. All of the songs on the album have a sense of genuineness and substance that listeners will find refreshing. People have also come to expect some great guitar licks and riffs from Vince as well, and he certainly delivers. He showcases his guitar playing and his bluesy side in "Guitar Slinger," "Tell Me Fool" and "When the Lady Sings the Blues." All 3 of these songs are going to make you want to press repeat on your iPod and sing along. They are fun to listen to and have a catchy rhythm. Another enjoyable song is "The Old Lucky Diamond Motel," about a fictitious place on route 66. It tells a story and does a fantastic job of painting a picture in your head of exactly what Vince is singing about. The Song "If I Die" is another traditional sounding country song, which was co-written with Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies.
After "These Days" Vince left us wanting more. Finally we got it. The album is a fantastic example of meaningful songwriting. It has a great collection of songs with something for everyone. It runs the gamut of traditional, spiritual, bluesy, contemporary and just fun up-tempo things! Vince may not get the radio play that he once did, but that doesn't mean he isn't at the top of his game. Whether you are a long time Vince Gill fan, or new to the country scene you will want to add this album to your collection. "Guitar Slinger" will be out in stores October 24th. The regular CD has 12 tracks, but there is also a deluxe version of the CD that includes 3 additional songs.
STAND OUT SONGS: "Tell Me Fool" and "Bread and Water"
FUN FACT: Vince's daughter, 10-year-old Corrina makes her singing debut singing with her dad on "Billy Paul."