It’s fair to say that Vince Gill has fond feelings about Bob Seger’s new album, “Face the Promise.”
The set features a cover of Gill’s “Real Mean Bottle,” a tribute to Merle Haggard that the Nashville stalwart never recorded himself, which Seger cut with fellow Detroit rocker Kid Rock.
“Any time a songwriter of that magnitude picks one of your songs, it’s the greatest form of fl attery you could ever hope to get,” says Gill, 49. “It’s different than an artist who doesn’t write his own songs, y’know?
“When I heard about it, I was jumping up and down. I’m a big Kid Rock fan, too, and I was there, right when they were working on it. It’s a really great thing.”
Gill, however, is doing plenty of his own work these days. In fact, he’s just released an album called “These Days” — and not just an album but an ambitious four-CD set that spreads 43 brand new songs across genrespecific discs covering country, rock, bluegrass and even soul.
“I was just trying to be musical,” says Gill, adding that he’d had a similar idea rejected by his record company years ago. “I had a real great creativity thing going on, a real great vibe, so I just kept experimenting and cutting songs.
“The beauty of this is that it wasn’t intended to be this. This happened honestly. It just kind of unfolded.”
Gill also loaded “These Days” with guests, including his wife, Amy Grant, and daughter, Jenny Gill, plus Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Phil Everly, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Michael McDonald
He’s taking a similarly unorthodox approach to promoting “These Days” in concert. He’s put together a 17-piece band, which will shift according to the demands of the individual songs or sections of the show.
“In a sense we’ve got an opportunity to be a bunch of different bands — a bluegrass band, a horn band, a country band, a ballad band, a jazz quartet,” Gill says. “I have all these players at my disposal. I’m gonna lose my shirt, but it’s gonna be great.”
Vince Gill performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (October 21st) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25.50-$58. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit
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