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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 (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,457 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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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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Vince Gill is more than a singer of country ballads, and lately, he's really set out to prove it! Following the release of his epic These Days, he took a little time off and came back with Guitar Slinger. Self-produced and recorded in his home studio, he calls the shots; and as the title implies, he shows of his guitar skills more than he usually has a chance to. Perhaps pigeon-holed as a country balladeer, and with good reason, Vince began his career as a session musician - one knowledgeable in a variety of styles. This is demonstrated through the recording. The title track is a rocker, and he calls upon his very tasty guitar chops. Vince writes, or co-writes, all the tunes, as he usually does and that's an area that he continues to grow and improve in. The flavor is somewhat autumnal - a lot of reminiscing, and musings on mortality. But it's done musically and tastefully. With every CD VG puts out, he seems to grow more excited about music, and it shows! I don't know what makes this CD the "deluxe edition", but that aside, it's great music from Vince and I gladly recommend it!
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First of all this is a very good cd. It doesn't quite stand up to the masterpieces of "The Next Big Thing" and the boxed set "These Days", but it is still quite good overall.
Anyone who follows Vince Gill will concede that he is a tremendous musician, and coupled with his uniquely toned/harmonic voice, can make songs sound quite dreamy. (if he wishes to) He is simply very versatile and this spells out artistic mastery in capital letters.

What separates this cd from the above mentioned titles? IMO It's because maturity, age and commitment have influenced the composition. While not a bad thing for him personally;(because family should be at the top of anyone's life), it may not bring out the best musical material/composition if it starts to dominate your music. Why ? well it's only my opinion, but here goes my best guess;

Male musicians/artists tend to lose their edge when a woman begins to dominate their lives. Their songs start to lose their zest, and overall public appeal, as they become more private. Getting all gooey in love is good for the personal soul, but not generally the best connection point to the public. Most of us so-called musical connoisseurs are not interested in how much you love your wife/partner, we just want to hear good music and not someone's love letters portrayed in music.

examples might include, Keith Urban and to some extent John Lennon

Of course this is just my opinion, but talent such as Keith Urban and Vince Gill can easily be diminished as they mature into their new life. Even though it may be inevitable, I just don't think it brings out the best in them.
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