Vince Gill: The Things That Matter

Four decades into a storied career, the Nashville icon is making sure every note counts.

[caption id="attachment_241729" align="alignnone" width="768"] Photos by Jim Wright[/caption] It’s noon on a Friday, and Vince Gill has just woken up. “I don’t normally sleep until 12 p.m.!” he insists, filling his hotel room with a laugh that’s equal parts sheepish, playful and punch-drunk. Even by his standards, it’s been a long week. Hours earlier, he played a sold-out sports arena in Milwaukee with the Eagles, having joined the band’s lineup — perhaps temporarily, perhaps permanently — in the wake of Glenn Frey’s passing back in 2017. No one expected the group to do much touring, but the revitalized Eagles hit the road hard. Last night’s show in Milwaukee was their 53rd show of the year, making this tour one of their longest since the Nineties. Filling Frey’s shoes is a tall order. Night after night, Gill has been singing lead not only on “Heartache Tonight” and “Lyin’ Eyes” — songs originally delivered by Frey — but also on Randy Meisner’s “Take It To The Limit,” whose sky-high glory notes have become too challenging for the other Eagles to hit. He’s been playing guitar, too, strumming open chords during the bulk of the set before unleashing an extended solo during the…

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