Recommendation XXXVI: Vince Gill (triple-track)

Now we’ve hit a milestone (for me, at least)…: number 36. This one is real special for me because it’s my lucky number (won’t tell ya why), so I needed a special artist to go with it. I had trouble choosing the artist and the songs that I’d select from them. I know it needed to be a triple track one (hmm, that sounds like a better title than “threesome”, doesn’t it?. Okay, I’m changing it to that now, because the former was almost borderline weird-ish, though it wasn’t intended to be), so I finally made a choice I was satisfied with. This post will be a kinda long one, so prepare yourself for it: take out a comfortable chair and a nice glass of something to sip on…

My thirty-sixth recommendation is/are: Vince Gill’s “Out of My Mind” and “What You Don’t Say” from his 2006 These Days album, AND “Kindly Keep It Country” from his 1998 The Key album.  Yes, yes, it is Vince!  I really couldn’t imagine not discussing him and his music, and it took me quite a while to get to him, but the time has finally come.  Vince Gill is truly one of my absolute favorites and he’s one of the one most talented people in the music industry, ever.  He can sing, write, produce, and play at the highest quality there can be, and that makes him an all-around five-star musician.  I was a fan of his back in the ’90s when I was a little boy, and I didn’t realize how great he was until I bought the Souvenirs album (a greatest hits collection) some years ago and remembered all those songs I loved back then.  As of this moment, I own 71 of his songs (not including the songs I own that include his harmonies/background vocals) and I do plan to add more (he’s probably worked with everybody that I’ve reviewed on this site already lol).  Choosing the three tracks for this recommendation was not an easy task , but I made up my mind.

From Vince’s last studio album, These Days, out of all the great 43 songs included in the collection, the one track that stood out the most to me was “Out of My Mind”.  Of course, that has to do with the fact that it is a traditional country slow shuffle and most of all, features the ever-amazing Patty Loveless on background vocals.  I can’t describe how much I love Vince and Patty’s collaborations – I think their voices are so perfect for one another, and this track is proof of that.  The two even performed it live on the Opry stage and it was just incredible and I was smiling the whole time.  It’s just as good as good as the other gems they’ve sung together: “When I Call Your Name”, “Pocket Full of Gold” (my #1 favorite of Vince’s), “Go Rest High On That Mountain”, “Given More Time”, and from Patty’s catalog: “Timber, I’m Falling In Love” and “Sleepless Nights” (the title track from her new album, which I seriously can’t stop listening to).  They also have a new collaboration on The Imus Ranch Record with a cover of Porter Wagoner‘s “A Satisfied Mind” that came out last week.  And of course, their only true duet: “My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man” is no exception.  Back to the recommendation: “Out of My Mind”- the traditional country production really draws you in… come to think of it, it’s even something Patsy Cline might have sang.  Legendary Buddy Emmons plays the steel on the track as well.  The song is about the intense love that he feels for his “sweet neon angel”, and man, just the harmonies… you’ll feel that intense love for the song, after you hear it.  Definitely my number one favorite on that album.

On These Days, there are four different discs with different styles of music on it: Disc One is rocking country, Disc Two is pop/adult-contemporary country, Disc Three is traditional country, and Disc Four is bluegrass/acoustic music.  For selection #2, I chose “What You Don’t Say” from the pop/adult contemporary country disc (I felt compelled to choose tracks from each disc but that would be four and would violate the three song rule lol, so I left that alone).  This track features LeAnn Rimes on background vocals, and was another standout song for me on first listen.  Like I mentioned, the production is pretty adult contemporary like the other songs on this particular disc and it really spotlights how diverse Vince’s talents are.  The strings are a huge highlight and compliment Vince and Rimes’s vocals really well.  But I gotta mention the immensely captivating instrumental solo of guitars starting at 2:26 beginning with the electric played by Vince and then the awesome awesome steel guitar solo following that, ending at 2:53.  That whole solo is the moment in the song I look forward to the most because it sounds so damn good and I just gotta turn it up and soak it in (can’t you see how much I love it? haha).  The whole song is beautiful, and the lyrics add to it: they’re about the love he feels from his lover, love that he feels he doesn’t deserve because of some of the things he does wrong, but it’s alright in her eyes, and she doesn’t hold it against him.  I’m not always good at describing song lyrics, but that’s the gist of it.  He loves her because of what she doesn’t say.  He doesn’t have to be perfect and she loves him anyway.  Like good poetry.  Just a stunning song, throughout, so check it out, especially for that electric and steel guitar solo with the strings behind them.

Moving on to a totally different album: Vince’s The Key from 1998.  Beside for These Days, this is THE album you’d for sure want to get from him.  It’s mostly stone-cold country music, and also has cool collaborations.  Sadly, I do not own the album yet, but I am certainly planning to.  I have “Kindly Keep It Country” from a compilation album of various country artists’ music (I should also point out that the true Vince/Patty duet I briefly mentioned before is on The Key too).  I chose “Kindly Keep It Country” for different reasons.  It was actually a radio single but didn’t chart well and I wanted to bring it back to the forefront (and as of this moment, it is #13 on my iTunes 36 Most Played list, which is a very exclusive spot).  The song is as country as you could ever get and includes excellent harmonies from one of my other favorites: Lee Ann Womack (yes, you know I’m gonna go deep on this one).  It’s my favorite collaborative song with Gill and Womack, with the others being “If I Could Make Mississippi” (from These Days…another crazy outstanding ballad), “Two Hearts”, and from Womack’s catalog: “Some Things I Know” and “I Keep Forgetting”.  Lee Ann’s harmonies are obvious and singing along with Vince just sounds so right and with the pure country production of heavy steel in this slow song that I dare traditional country fans to turn off (because they couldn’t).  The song has lyrics like Alan Jackson‘s “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”, in that the man is in a honky-tonk and enduring a nasty heartache and just wants to hear his sad, tear-in-your-beer kinda country… yet Vince is asking nicely, so how could you turn him down?  It just seems so real and true (I just realized it’s also like my last recommendation, #35, except that one’s with the radio, which is not reliable, whereas a jukebox is more manageable, so get out those quarters and stand guard).  My favorite part of the song is when Vince and Lee Ann plead in the chorus: “please play a sad song / about the heart that’s just been stepped on “… and I don’t even have to explain why.  Listen to it, love it, or you’re not a country music fan.

Wow, such a long entry! (and lots of sound clips!)  Ummm… I would go on, but you probably need to get away haha.  I urge you to buy Vince’s These Days and The Key albums.  There are so many great songs on These Days, and it makes sense to buy the whole thing than just buy individual songs because it’s cheaper and you’ll be glad you did.  They’re all new tracks and not covers or past hits and it’s chock-full of collaborations with different artists (Bonnie Raitt, Del McCoury, Diana Krall, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Phil Everly, Guy Clark, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, John Anderson, and Rodney Crowell, just to name some) and The Key has Sara Evans, Faith Hill, and three others I talked about.  Man, I need to learn how to condense my thoughts, but I just can’t do it.  Not possible when describing such great music.  Just buy the music is all I’ll advise.  You’ll thank me when you do!  Thirty-six…

Thanks for reading!

Buy “Out of My Mind”, “What You Don’t Say”, and “Kindly Keep It Country” from iTunes now!

Here are the full lyrics to “Out of My Mind”, written by Vince Gill, Al Anderson, and Leslie Satcher:

You’ve got legs just like a longneck bottle
And lips just like strawberry wine
You might be a lifetime of trouble
Still I can’t get you out of my mind

Out of my mind, I’m going out of my mind
And I see what I’ve been missing all this time
Oh sweet neon angel, don’t leave me behind
No, I can’t get you out of my mind

You’re bringing on a honky-tonk heartache
And I know you’d never walk the line
To let you slip away, a chance I won’t take
Still I can’t get you out of my mind

Out of my mind, I’m going out of my mind
And I see what I’ve been missing all this time
Oh sweet neon angel, don’t leave me behind
No, I can’t get you out of my mind

No, I can’t get you out of my mind…

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Here are the full lyrics to “What You Don’t Say”, written by Vince Gill, Reid Nielson, and John Hobbs:

Sometimes this old world gets to me
I sure can be a jerk
But you always see the best in me
God knows you’ve seen the worst

You know when to let me be
Pull yourself real close to me
How to take my breath away
You don’t care who’s right or wrong
I know whose side you’re on
It’s more than the love that we make
It’s what you don’t say

Man, I should have been the death of me
I sure can run it in the ground
When you come lie here next to me
Girl, you bring me back around

You know when to let me be
Pull yourself real close to me
How to take my breath away
You don’t care who’s right or wrong
I know whose side you’re on
It’s more than the love that we make
It’s what you don’t say

You know when to let me be
Pull yourself real close to me
How to take my breath away
You don’t care who’s right or wrong
I know whose side you’re on
It’s more than the love that we make
It’s what you don’t say

It’s what you don’t say
It’s what you don’t say

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Here are the full lyrics to “Kindly Keep It Country, written by Vince Gill:

If you’re gonna play the jukebox
Would you kindly keep it country?
‘Cause I’m feeling so lonely tonight
Oh please play a sad song
About a heart that’s just been stepped on
Would you kindly keep it country for me tonight?

I’d get up off this bar stool
If you’d play something we could dance to
Oh, a song about a love that’s gone astray
Oh I love to hear ‘em sing
About the misery and pain
Would you kindly keep it country for me tonight?

Oh please play a sad song
About a heart that’s just been stepped on
Would you kindly keep it country for me tonight?
Would you kindly keep it country for me tonight?

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4 Comments

  1. I knew I liked you!!!

  2. And of course I like you too! lol…

    I am really LOVING Vince (and Patty’s) cover “A Satisfied Mind”. Man… I kinda wished I waited til after I got it, and added it to this recommendation. Hmm…perhaps it will be on a later one ;) .

  3. Yes, that song is great. In my somewhat biased opinion, it’s one of the best songs on the album…though I really dig “Welfare Music” too.

  4. I’ve only bought this song and Patty’s “Silver Spring” off of the album. I’ll have to listen to “Welfare Music”.


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