Vince Gill Honored for 20 Years With The ‘Opry”
The country music industry moves so fast nowadays that we sometimes forget about talented musicians as we move on to the “next big thing”
As I’ve told you before, I’m a big fan of the guitar slingers… you know, the guys that can really play. And if they can sing and write great songs, you’ve got a bonified star on your hands. Right now it’s Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, just to name a couple of guys that are carrying that torch. But back in the day, nobody was better than Vince Gill.
This is such a ‘feel good’ story, I just had to pass it along. This past weekend,It was a star-studded salute to Vince Gill that brought fans and family to the Grand Ole Opry to honor the country star’s 20th anniversary as an Opry member. Opry legends Little Jimmy Dickens, “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Jean Shepard all stepped out to honor Vince. Fellow country star Emmylou Harris took the stage with Vince to sing her hit “Two More Bottles of Wine” and the tender duet “If I Needed You.” The night also included a special video montage of Vince’s great moments with his Opry family Roy Acuff and Dolly Parton and a special performance by his real family, daughter Jenny Gill, who made her dad proud and earned a standing ovation with his song “If You Ever Have Forever In Mind.” Vince said, “Having my daughter Jenny here is perfect, because the first time I was ever invited to play here—I’d waited my whole life to get that invitation—I turned down because she had a talent show that Saturday night, and I promised I’d play guitar for her. I said, ‘I can’t believe I’m saying no, but I promised my kid I’d do that. I’m gonna do that.’” Vince’s wife, Amy Grant sang “Better Than A Hallelujah” and “True Love,” which she wrote for her hubby. A touched Vince closed out the show with his hits, “Look At Us” and the song he says landed him his first appearance on the Opry, “When I Call Your Name.”
You can hear Vince Gill every day on KIXS 108. As long as I am here, it will stay that way.