Vince Gill has been on my “must see” list for such a long time, but for whatever reason, the two times that I remember him coming through the area were dates that I just couldn’t make. When Gill was announced for the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH, I cleared the schedule to make sure that I’d be in attendance!
I’ve been a fan of Vince Gill‘s music for the majority of my life, and I’ve of course been familiarized with his incredible guitar talents via television and the Internet over the years… or so I thought. Up until this point, the two most impressive live guitarists that I have experienced in person would have to be Brad Paisley and Jack White of The White Stripes. It has been quite awhile since I’ve seen Jack perform, but Vince could very well be taking the cake on this one. I was absolutely blown away, and I have very little knowledge as far as the guitar goes!
Vince stepped out on stage to an strong greeting from a pretty packed house at the Rocksino. Dressed as about as casually one could get on stage, in seemingly worn out jeans and a suit jacket topped off by none other than a t-shirt with his own name across the chest, there was no denying that this was going to be a night of little frills, but big on country music. That’s what we there for though, isn’t it?!
Since his solo debut in 1984, Gill has released 15 albums and 50 singles to radio. There were a handful of hit singles that I feared might not make it to the setlist, especially only three months out from his latest album, Down To My Last Bad Habit. I immediately knew that I was in for a treat because Vince ripped into that guitar and kicked the show off with one of my absolute favorite singles of his, in “One More Last Chance”! That was followed up my two more 90’s hit songs with “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” and “I Still Believe In You.”
Vince showcased some songs from his most recent albums, throughout the beginning of his set, with “Guitar Slinger” being a standout which included a lengthy guitar solo, fittingly with the title. Gill did joke that he had just recently celebrated his 59th birthday and promised his doctor that he wouldn’t do more than two fast songs in a row, ha!
Other highlights of the show feature stories about touring in 1990 with George Jones and Conway Twitty (including Jones’ love for Matlock and generic canned ravioli), two songs in memory of the late Merle Haggard and a marriage proposal (with a yes!) within the crowd that Vince paused the show for. Gill wrapped up his main set with two of the most beautiful songs in country music history, “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “Pretty Little Adrianna” before leaving the stage for the obligatory “encore” tease.
When seeing artists who have had so much success over a long period of time, it’s hard to expect to hear everything that you’d want to see performed at a live show. Vince Gill and his setlist made for the perfect mash-up of classic 90’s country and a few cover songs mixed in with some more recently material. After finally experiencing Vince’s live show, I will be sure not to pass up another one as I had previously! Make sure that you follow suit!
- One More Last Chance
- Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away
- I Still Believe In You
- Feels Like Love
- When Love Finds You
- Guitar Slinger
- Never Alone
- Tryin’ To Get Over You
- Reasons For The Tears I Cry
- Down To My Last Bad Habit
- Sad One Comin’ On (A Song For George Jones)
- Take Your Memory With You
- Look At Us
- When I Call Your Name
- Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard)
- The Fighting Side Of Me (Merle Haggard)
- Go Rest High On That Mountain
- Pretty Little Adrianna
- What The Cowgirls Do
- Oklahoma Borderline
- Workin’ On A Big Chill
- Whenever You Come Around
- Liza Jane