Vince Gill performs “A World Without Haggard,” with special guest Paul Franklin on the steel guitar live at the Grand Ole Opry.
Before becoming a solo act, Vince Gill’s talents as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist put the Oklahoma native in demand as a duet partner. Gill debuted on the national scene with the country rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979, appearing on the bands eighth studio album, Can’t Hold Back. He has also performed alongside Rodney Crowell in the band The Cherry Bombs, and with Ricky Skaggs in the bluegrass band Boone Creek.
Gill has released more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, and sold more than 26 million copies. He’s also earned 18 CMA Awards, including the highest honor of Entertainer of the Year twice, and a record-breaking 21 Grammy Awards — more than any other male country artist. In 1991, Gill was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in, and in 2016 into the Guitar Center Rock Walk.
“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill has been quoted in press materials. “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.”
His most recent album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, released February 12, 2016, found Gill reconnecting with a favorite theme presented in his first solo studio album, Guitar Slinger: love in all its incarnations. The songs “I’ll Be Waiting For You” and “Down to My Last Bad Habit” explore the themes of love denied, while “I Can’t Do This,” and “Reasons for the Tears I Cry” delve into love lost and mourned.
Watch the video to see the talented Vince Gill performing an original song written in memory of his friend Merle Haggard alongside Paul Franklin live at The Grand Ole Opry.
For more on the artist and his concert schedule, visit his website.