Vince Gill On Friendship With Merle Haggard, Getting Personal On New Album

Singer-songwriter Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, and has more Grammy Awards than any other male country artist. Now with his fifteenth studio album, "Okie," Gill is releasing some of his most personal songs yet.


After the Eagles’ frontman Glenn Frey passed away, the band asked Vince Gill to go on tour and perform with them – an experience Gill describes as “surreal.” And while Gill said that some Eagles fans were hesitant about him performing with the band, he would “absolutely” do it again.


Vince Gill says that he first met Merle Haggard the night he played with Emmylou Harris – a night he describes as “one of the greatest nights of my life.” The pair grew close in the final years of Haggard’s life, Gill said; soon after Haggard died, he wrote a song commemorating him that appears on his new album.


Country music icon Vince Gill bought his first guitar when he was 18 years old. He had just moved away from home to Louisville, Kentucky, to play in a bluegrass band, when he spotted the 1942 herringbone guitar. It cost him $1,600 – “every dime” he had -- and his old guitar, but it sparked a passion for buying guitars that has continued throughout his life.

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