Vince Gill will return with his new album, Okie, to be released Aug. 23. Gill, who wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks on the album, derived the album’s name from a once-derogatory term meant to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Oklahoma native Gill appropriates the term on his new album, which embraces his Oklahoma roots and explores timely issues.
Gill also premiered a new track, “A Letter To My Mama.” Okie will follow Gill’s 2016 album Down To My Last Bad Habit and 2011’s Guitar Slinger.
“I thought this was going to be a songwriter record, not a concept album,” Gill says. “It wound up being more information than I’d envisioned. A friend sent me an email saying, ‘You could have only written this record after living a 60-year-plus life.’ He said, ‘There’s no struggle in these songs, just truth and your experience.”
Vincent Grant Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist and a duet partner.
He has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 26 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Associationwith 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. As of 2017, Gill has also earned 21 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist. In 2007 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On February 4, 2016, Gill was inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk by Joe Walsh of the Eagles. In 2017, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey were hired by the Eagles in place of the late Glenn Frey.