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Review and photos by Frances SealyVince Gill brought his two and one-half one-man show to Tucson. He had many stories to tell that just happened to augment many of the compositions performed during the show.
2016 was a difficult year for Vince since he lost a lot of his friends and mentors. He spent a lot of time talking about his initial introduction to his good friend George Jones. George had invited Vince to tour with himself and Conway Twitty after Vince's first hit record. Mr. Jones had affectionately nicknamed Vince "Sweet Pea." Stories of watching "Matlock" and eating canned ravioli with George Jones led into the song "One More Last Chance." He gave similar treatment for his friend, Merle Haggard. He had written "A World Without Haggard" to work through the loss.
Vince's father was another relationship that Vince expounded on. His father gave him the idea for the song "It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long." His father played banjo in his off time. He taught Vince his first three cords on the guitar. From that humble beginning, Vince Gill has become a great guitarist.
Eric Clapton has invited Mr. Gill to play at his Crossroads Festivals in recent years with the best-known guitarists in the world. We did not get to see Vince on electric guitar. He admitted that his fascination with guitars had no limits. His story about his 1940 Martin guitar purchase laid the groundwork for his future obsession. He mentioned during the show that he had no interest in collecting expensive cars or exotic homes. He just loved to collect guitars.
Vince Gill's tenor voice is unparalleled and there were several times during the night that the fans were able to hear his very fine vocals. He doesn't try to show off with runs or vocal athletics, but when the song calls for the high notes they were there and they were extraordinary.
Number one hits "Oklahoma Borderline," "When I Call Your Name," "I Still Believe in You," and "Don't Let Our Love Start Slipping Away" were performed. It was a great night to pull up a chair, pop a beer, and listen.
1. Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away
2. Pretty Little Adriana
3. Tryin' to Get Over You
4. One More Last Chance
5. Look at Us
6. A World Without Haggard
7. What the Cowgirls Do
8. This Old Guitar and Me
9. When I Call Your Name
10. Oklahoma Borderline
11. The Old Lucky Diamond Motel
12. The Key to Life
13. It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long
(The Notorious Cherry Bombs song)
14. The Reason Why
15. Go Rest High on That Mountain
16. I Still Believe in You
17. Liza Jane
18. Whenever You Come Around
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