In this exclusive video, Vince Gill opens up about how George Jones inspired him as a musician and as a friend.
Vince Gill's newest album, February's Down to My Last Bad Habit, is something of a departure for a musician mostly associated with country music. As he tells C&I in our upcoming May/June issue, "I just felt like rolling my sleeves up and having some fun and playing some electric guitar and not be afraid to play all kinds of music, more than anything else."
And while most of Gill's latest album has an adult-contemporary rock sheen, it closes with "Sad One Comin' On (A Song for George Jones)," which is about as country as it gets. Here, in this "Cut X Cut" talk exclusive to C&I, Gill talks about the song and what Jones meant to him.
Really, though, Gill is no stranger to other genres. Starting with his big break when he was asked to join Pure Prairie League in 1979, the Oklahoma-born musician has played with enough country, rock, and pop artists that you could use his name to play the music-business version of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” In fact, label UMG Nashville recently launched a website that allows you to do just that: Six Degrees of Music With Vince Gill. Type in the name of any current or classic country musician, rapper, rocker, pop star, or producer. If Gill hasn't worked with him or her, it's almost certain they have a mutual collaborator or share some kind of connection.