Friday Five: Vince Gill

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 12th, 2013

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill turns 56 today. Over his long career, he’s played in bluegrass bands Mountain Smoke and Ricky Skaggs’ Boone Creek, fronted Pure Prairie League, been offered a chance to join the rock band Dire Straits, and played in the Western swing band The Time Jumpers. Along the way, he won 18 CMA Awards and 20 Grammy Awards. Let’s celebrate today with five of our favorite Vince Gill songs. What are yours?

5. “High Lonesome Sound”

Never has there been a song title that more aptly described the singer’s vocal delivery.

 

4. “I Still Believe in You”

This was the title track of an album Gill released in 1992; the single hit Number One on the country charts and even crossed over to the Adult Contemporary charts.

 

3. “When I Call Your Name”

This was the title track from his 1990 album; the single featured Patty Loveless on background vocals and Matraca Berg in the music video.

 

2. “One More Last Chance”

Vince Gill in the Bluegrass Underground. Who knew country heaven was under our feet?

 

1. “Go Rest High on That Mountain”

With Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless (again) on background vocals, Gill’s song, which he began writing after Keith Whitley passed away and finished after his older brother’s death, is one of the all-time great country songs. It won CMA Song of the Year honors in 1996, though it never even cracked the top ten on the country charts.

  1. Cory
    April 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Love the Top 5, and you could probably make another 5 of these lists. I’ll throw in “Pretty Little Adrianna” for debate. For my money, one of the all time great Top 40 Country vocal performances…

  2. Matt
    April 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Great top 5! Since I can’t disagree (maybe ‘When I Call Your Name’ should be #1), I’ll make an alternative top 5.

    5. Just Pleasing You
    4. If I Die
    3. Take Your Memory With You
    2. Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away
    1. Young Man’s Town

  3. bob
    April 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

    What? No comment yet from Leeann, Vince’s #1 fan? Besides #2 on your list plus #’s 2 & 3 on Matt’s, some others I like include his PPL song “Let Me Love You Tonight” and the song with Terri Clark, “I Can’t Keep You in Love with Me” on the Louvin’ tribute album.

  4. Leeann Ward
    April 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Ha, Bob. Just stopping in now during my lunch hour. Ken was nice enough to alert me about it on Facebook.:)

    Of course, great list, because it’s hard to go wrong with Vince. I’ve already done a Favorites list at Country Universe, but my faves do change all the time, depending on when you ask me. Today, my list would look like this, though really in no particular order:

    It is Well (feat. Sara Watkins)
    What You Give Away
    Livin’ in the Rain (a duet with Jeff and Sherri Easter)
    If You Ever Have Forever in Mind
    Give Me Jesus

  5. Leeann Ward
    April 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I should also say that the new Vince tracks on the Ron Davies tribute album and the B.B. King Livingroom Sessions album are quite good too. In fact, I have an itunes playlist of 75 songs that Vince has either guested on or has recorded for albums other than his own. Granted, this does include side groups like the Notorious Cherry Bombs and the Time Jumpers.

  6. Luckyoldsun
    April 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I’ll take “Real Mean Bottle,” where Vince did a tribute to Haggard that was fresh and creative–without pledging allegiance or reciting a roster of song titles!

  7. Daniel Mullins
    April 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    How has “Pocket Full Of Gold” not been mentioned yet? That’s one of my favorites of his. “Whenever You Come Around” is one of his best as well. I think a Friday Fifty would be more appropriate for Vince!

  8. Leeann Ward
    April 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I like the way you’re thinking, Daniel. A Friday Fifty indeed.:)

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