There’s a new synonym for “everywhere” and it’s “Vince Gill.” Thanks to the excitement being generated by the February 12th release of his new album—Down To My Last Bad Habit—Gill will be involving fans more intimately in more ways than ever before.
“Take Me Down,” the first single from the album, features vocal assists by Little Big Town and has already been shipped to radio. “A masterful appraisal of the volcanic force of love,” one critic calls it.
Fans can preview the entire album on National Public Radio’s “First Listen” site.
Gill’s skills as a storyteller are legendary. A first of its kind audio-documentary, a Spotify playlist has been created to capture Gill’s engaging tales of the music business and the stars he’s worked with along the way—in three categories: Vince Gill: A Musician’s Heart, Vince Gill: The Vocalist and Vince Gill: The Creator. Listening to these inside accounts is the closest thing to being a guest in Gill’s living room.
Gill has played, sung and/or written songs on more than 500 albums by other artists. And he’s produced projects beyond these. So what could be more natural—or delightful—than a diversion called “Six Degrees Of Vince Gill”? Fans can enter any musician’s name to discover the degrees of separation the musical figure has from Vince. Want to know the number of degrees between Gill and, say, Adele? It’s two. Check it out for yourself.
The famed Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, the city’s live-music center and most heavily visited thoroughfare, has been transformed into a special Vince Gill pop up store. It features a giant outdoor photo of the new album cover and inside there’s a Vince Gill kiosk displaying his MCA Records catalog. The store also includes other artifacts, such as limited edition Vince Gill t-shirts, guitar picks and more. It is the only store at which CD copies of Down To My Last Bad Habit can be purchased before the release date.
But it takes more than a monster album launch to keep Gill away from sports. He and his 14-year-old daughter, Corrina, sang the national anthem for the world-televised NHL All-Star game in Nashville on January 31st. And he and wife Amy Grant served as celebrity coaches. Icing the cake, Gill served as honorary Mayor of Smashville—along with the real mayor, Megan Barry—during the game weekend, January 29th through 31st.
The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate Gill’s 25-year membership in that hallowed institution with two Vince-headlined shows August 13th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.