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Home is where the heart -- and music -- is for Vince Gill

for Journal Register Newspapers

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For country veteran Vince Gill, there’s no place like home — especially for his new album, “Guitar Slinger.”

Gill recorded the set, his first new release in five years, at the studio he built in the Nashville home he shares with his wife, fellow artist Amy Grant, and their children. But, Gill says, home and studio became interchangeable terms during the sessions.

“It was just a great environment,” says Gill, 54, who also guests on Alice Cooper’s upcoming “Welcome 2 My Nightmare.”

“When things come from home, they just feel different. I’m in there barefoot most of the time, maybe in a pair of gym shorts. I don’t have to doll up and leave town, so to speak. You walk down the hall and there’s the kitchen and Amy’s in there knockin’ up some brownie or making some cookies or whatever the heck. ...

“The musicians who played on this record loved the vibe that went on in the process of recording these songs and spending time in the house. It doesn’t feel like work, in a really neat kind of way. There were times where I didn’t know if we were really working or just screwing off.”

“Guitar Slinger” isn’t due out until Oct. 24, and Gill is well aware of the time that’s passed since 2006’s four-CD set “These Days.” He’s already released the first single, “Threaten Me With Heaven,” whose co-writers included Grant and Will Owsley — who tragically committed suicide in April of 2010.

“(The song) has a totally different impact on me now that he’s gone,” Gill acknowledges. “I’ve never confronted something quite like that in my life, write a song with somebody and have them do that before it came to fruition and all that. So it’s already had a profound impact on me.

“As bad as Will struggled in his personal life, I didn’t think he would ever do that. In my heart, I just wish he could’ve hung on and seen this (song) have an opportunity to have an impact on people’s lives. Maybe it would’ve changed things for him.”

Vince Gill performs at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, on the Michigan Lottery Main Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak. Admission is $3. Visit www.artsbeatseats.com.

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