Vince Gill’s OKIE is released today. “OKIE is about truth—my truth,” comments Gill. “I don’t say this with judgement leveled in any particular direction, but truth is something that I feel is sorely lacking in our world. We tend to treat the symptoms and not the actual problem. Some of the topics are things society sometimes shies away from, but probably shouldn’t. I think that at age 62, the truth has taken on more vibrant colors for me.”
OKIE was co-produced by Gill and Justin Niebank. “Nothin’ Like A Guy Clark Song” was written by Gill. “I loved Guy’s writing for the pictures the words painted. That is what I was most drawn to–because they reminded me of my life. This is just my way of telling my old pal that I miss him.” Watch the lyric video above.
On September 9, Gill will join Ken Burns in conversation with fellow filmmakers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey at the famed 92nd Street Y. The event will include a screening of selected clips from Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary, Country Music, and a performance and album signing by Gill, whose interviews feature prominently throughout the film. Gill will join Burns on a Today Show appearance to promote the film on September 10.
Gill is currently on a nationwide tour that kicked off August 7. In September, he’ll step back on stage with the Eagles for a 3-night stand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where they will perform the band’s iconic Hotel California album in its entirety. Show dates are 9/27, 9/28 and 10/5.
With 21 Grammy Awards to his name and over 26 million records sold, Gill has solidified his place as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class musician and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.