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2011 album from the Country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Guitar Slinger is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed box set, These Days, which was certified platinum, won the 2006 Grammy for Best Country Album and received an overall Grammy Album of the Year nomination. After a long and musically productive spell of writing, touring and recording with other artists, Vince Gill released the lead track "Threaten Me With Heaven". Gill co-wrote "Threaten Me With Heaven" with his wife, singer/songwriter Amy Grant, Dillon O'Brian and Will Owsley.

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"I had no expectations of what it would sound like in my home studio," he says. "I've never recorded in my house before. So I discovered an awful lot about how the rooms sound, and it's a real warm record".

"I don't know what it is, but it's so different than most studios in that there are windows all the way around the room. You look out and see trees. There's such a great spirit running around in the house and in the rooms that all the musicians have raved about the vibe. It's real low key; it's not commercial-feeling at all."



Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B005GK6PFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Who Wouldn't Fall in Love with You; When Lonely Comes Around; True Love (with Amy Grant)

Gill's album titular "Guitar Slinger" is a bit of a misnomer. On a cursory glance, the title "Guitar Slinger" might suggest that this is an instrumental album in the likes of Brad Paisley's "Play" or Steve Wariner's "Guitar Laboratory." Still others might think of this set as a showcase for Gill as a guitar virtuoso. Definitely Gill does show off his expertise at picking the nylon on various tracks, but this is essentially a contemporary country record with Gill in top vocal form waxing with eloquence his silky tenor over 12 songs he co-penned. In keeping with his stellar tradition of telling compelling stories, here the stories abound. Whether if he's telling the story of a homeless person ("Bread and Water") or a man contemplating suicide ("Billy Paul") or his own romantic journey ("Guitar Slinger"), Gill still has the ability to capture our imagination with his creativity and his attention paid to the stories' emotional and spiritual details. With such a galore of rich stories, it would have been better to title this disc "Story Slinger." Coming 5 years after his last release "These Days," Gill has not lost his touch of creating music that interweaves the stories of his protagonists with our own stories. Many of these cuts are fresh, engaging and above par relative to what's out there on country radio now; given the right promotion this is pregnant with hits ready to be birthed.

Album opener is an exceptional Gill barnburner: it bears all the imprints of greatness.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KarenW34 on October 24, 2011
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In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit I am a huge Vince fan and doubt he would record anything I just didn't like. I've had this album now for about 6 hours and haven't picked a favorite, which is hard to do since all the songs are very well written, played and, of course, sung. It is a great follow up to his last endeavor "These Days." These songs talk of death, life, hope and love, and a motel with "color tv and the kids eat free" [The Old Lucky Diamond Motel]. This album is somehow quintessential Vince and at the same time it is different. It is, unsure how to explain it, smoother...sophisticated...damn good. In the title song, "Guitar Slinger", he sings "If ya'll just show up and cheer for me, I swear I'll play for free". Well, I am definitely cheering.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AngieW on November 13, 2011
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Hall of Famer Gill mixes it up with rockabilly, traditional country, inspirational, blues, and pop on this must-have CD. It's worth the wait (5 years since his last new release) and the few extra bucks for the 3 bonus tracks. He hasn't sounded better and this is one not to disappoint any country music fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Goucher on July 12, 2013
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I've never been exposed to country music. I grew up studying classical violin and now i play jazz. I bought this cd as a gift for my boyfriend who likes country music and Vince Gill in particular. Since we live together I have heard the cd from beginning to end quite a few times and found that I really like it! "Guitar Slinger" is a great song I knew my boyfriend would enjoy bc he builds and plays electric and acoustic guitars. The other songs are great too. The song I really like though is "When the Lady Sings The Blues" which appears to be about my absolutely favorite singer, Billie Holiday!!! Who knew a country singer like Vince Gill would include a song about Billie! I no longer consider country music and country artists as alien life forms from another planet somewhere out in Hee Haw land! Vince Gill's cd has opened the door to country music for me. Thanks Vince!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Russell on February 4, 2013
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Very unusual for Gill. He is by far my favorite. This album has an unattractive cover, and the only one I have seen that I don't care for. Only two or three of the songs on this album would, in my opinion, rate a five star rating. Too much like Pop, which I don't care for. His bluegrass is superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Ballew on November 15, 2011
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Guitar Slinger is a master piece. Vince knocks it out of the ball park with his guitar playing and song writing. A must for any Vince Gill fan. It was well worth the wait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on November 14, 2011
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Absolutely love the cut Who Wouldn't Fall In Love With You, which Vince co-wrote with Ashley Monroe. Also love the guitar solo in the song, but mostly love the song's poignancy. The CD is filled with great stuff....a haunting murder-suicide ballad he sings about a real friend of his (Billy Paul); a bluesy cool tune, When the Lady Sings the Blues; Tell Me Fool a song I swear is about the cheatin' heart of Tiger Woods (if it's not it should be); and Bread and Water, a touching song he sings about his brother. Each and every song is special....the CD is certainly worth a listen. Vince is a master story teller, composer and musician: an artist through and through. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jlstunes on November 8, 2011
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Vince is my all time favorite country artist. Noone can do it all like Vince! This album is a good one as expected, however, its hard to top, "These days". he hit it out of the park with that one!! Regardless, if you are a Vince fan as I am, you can never go wrong with anything he puts out.
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