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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."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B005GK6PFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Although I've collected Amy Grant's music for years, I only had a passing familiarity with her husband Vince Gill's music, and did not own any of his CDs. Recently, when I saw Vince on the CBS "Saturday Early Show," doing an acoustic version of the title track to his new CD "Guitar Slinger," I decided to check it out, and I'm glad I did. The first two tracks are rockabilly at its finest and would make Carl Perkins proud; there is one track that is a tribute to the great Billie Holiday, and a duet with wife Amy Grant on "True Love." Gill's daughters also sing background vocals throught the album, and Grant also co-wrote "True Love" and a couple of other tracks, and also contributes background vocals, in addition to the duet.

This is Vince Gill's first new album in 5 years, and it is a very fine effort.
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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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