小编摘要：Guitar Slinger是继2006年之后Vince Gill发行的第一张新专辑。Gill创作或是协助创作了12首歌曲，这些歌曲主题主要涉及了爱、迷失、希望和信念。这是他事业生涯中第一次在他的新家工作室录制唱片。
Vince Gill Returns to Country Charts With 'Guitar Slinger'
“Guitar Slinger” is Vince Gill’s first new album since 2006. Gill wrote or co-wrote all of the 12 tracks, which deal with love, loss, hope, and faith. For the first time in his career, he recorded the collection in his new home studio. He says not using a rented studio helped create “a really warm record” that he also describes as one of his most diverse.
“It slants in two halves in a sense," he said. "There’s a half that’s somewhat contemporary sounding. It’s not very traditionally driven. The second half of the record is [with] a lot of steel guitar playing by Paul Franklin and the songs are very different on the back half of the record. They’re much more traditional, a couple of really neat story songs. The first half is a lot of guitar playing - hence the title ‘Guitar Slinger’ - probably more-so than most records I’ve made in my past. I’m following what my ears and my heart are telling me to do. I don’t plan it, I just kind of react to it.”
Vince’s wife, Amy Grant, and their three daughters all contributed to the album. Grant co-wrote three songs, including their duet “True Love,” which also features her daughter Sarah Chapman. Siblings Corrina and Jenny Gill guest on the haunting track “Billy Paul,” a song Vince wrote after his friend of 20 years killed his girlfriend and himself. Other poignant songs include “Buttermilk John,” Vince’s tribute to his late steel guitar player John Hughey, and “Bread and Water,” which Gill says is loosely based on his late brother Bob.
The album’s lead single is the Grammy-nominated ballad “Threaten Me With Heaven.” Gill explains that he gained a special connection to the tune following the 2010 death of his friend Will Owsley.
“It’s a song I wrote with Amy my wife, and a fellow named Dillon O’Brian and another fellow named Will Owsley," he said. "This time last year, my friend Will [Owsley] took his life. He was a really gifted musician and a great singer and a tremendous guitar player. We wrote songs together and hung out together a bunch, and life just…he couldn’t get through it and struggled and took his own life.”
Guitar Slinger是继2006年之后Vince Gill发行的第一张新专辑。Gill创作或是协助创作了12首歌曲，这些歌曲主题主要涉及了爱、迷失、希望和信念。这是他事业生涯中第一次在他的新家工作室录制唱片。他说不用租来的工作室可以帮助他创造一些很温暖的唱片，这也是他多样化曲风中的一部分。
他说：“这张唱片在某种意义上倾向于双重人格，其中有一半是当代的声音，这部分不是很传统。剩下的一半中很多都是由Paul Franklin演奏的夏威夷吉他音乐，这一部分与前面有很大的差别，它们更加传统是一些更加干净和充满故事性的音乐。因为唱片中有一半都是吉他演奏，所以专辑名字定为‘Guitar Slinger’，这种形式是我过去的专辑中所没有的。我跟随着自己的耳朵和心做自己想做的事情。我没有刻意规划安排，而只是怎么想就怎么做而已。”
Vince的妻子和三个女儿都为这张专辑出了一份力，专辑中收录了他们合作创作的三首歌曲，其中包括二重唱“真爱”，这也是以女儿Sarah Chapman为原型的。Siblings Corrina 和 Jenny Gill也在演奏曲“Billy Paul”中进行了客串表演，这是Vince在他20岁的朋友杀害了女朋友然后自杀后创作的一首歌曲。其他凄美的歌曲包括悼念他最近的吉他手John Hughey的“Buttermilk John”而“面包和水”则基本上是要献给哥哥Bob的歌曲。
专辑中主打单曲是获格莱美提名的“Threaten Me With Heaven.”Gill解释道2010年朋友Will Owsley逝世后，他与音乐曲调之间建立了一种特殊的联系。
他说：“这首歌是我、我妻子、和叫作Dillon O’Brian以及另一个叫作Will Owsley的伙伴一起创作的，去年的这个时候我的朋友Will Owsley去世了，他真的是一个非常有天份的音乐家，是一个杰出的歌手以及吉他手。我们在一起写歌，经常混在一起，但生活却......他不能忍受，他挣扎，但最终他还是夺去了自己的生命。”