Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred country music star Vince Gill recently played a Universal Music Group showcase for radio broadcasters at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In his usual droll way, he talked about reuniting with the label, as you can see in this fan-shot YouTube video.
“I’m surprised to be back, I must say. I came last year and I had spent 23 years with MCA Records and UMG … and loved that relationship. And I came in last year and just said, ‘You know, my contract’s done and I’m no longer there.’ There was no weirdness and then all the sudden I see everywhere that they’re talking about it, this and that, ‘They split up,’ and I was like, ‘Man, all that happened is the contract ran out.’ And then the neatest thing happened: Mike Duncan, after he took over, called me up and he said, ‘Hey, I want to make a record with you.’ So I said, ‘Done,’ and I went back.”
The Country Music Hall of Famer said he planned to start on the new album soon. Since he didn’t have any new songs, he decided to play “in this holy place” a tribute to Mindy McCready, the former country star who committed suicide in February.
Gill played his lovely ode “Go Rest High Upon that Mountain,” which as previously reported, he also performed last week at George Jones’ funeral. Such a beautiful song: