Vince Gill has announced a run of no fewer than four consecutive nights at Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium. The country giant will return to the “Mother Church of Country Music” with the engagement from August 4 to 7.
The shows will be Gill’s first solo performances at the Ryman since he played two back-to-back sellout shows there as long ago as 2007. Tickets go on sale on Friday (May 6) with pre-sales beginning tomorrow (4).
The concerts will be part of the summer tour that Gill announced in March, to run through July and August. Support at the Ryman and on all the dates will come from Wendy Moten, known for her 1994 song “Come In Out Of The Rain,” a Top 10 hit in the UK, and to modern audiences for her appearances on NBC’s The Voice.
The Ryman Auditorium enthused in a post: “Trust us when we say you do NOT want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime run of shows.” Gill said in the tour announcement that he was “eager to get back on the bus and visit some places and fans that I haven’t seen for a while.”
Gill is also the featured vocalist on Heart singer Ann Wilson’s version of Queen’s “Love Of My Life,” which is on her new solo album Fierce Bliss. Says Wilson: “‘Love of My Life’ is a beautiful song about endless love. It was my honor to duet with Vince Gill on this song; an unforgettable experience for which I’m grateful! I had the idea [to do the song] as a duet, so I just tried to picture who would be ‘the male angel’ that would sing the other part of it. I thought how great the song would be if it was stripped down and just sung with soul, and it had to be Vince Gill because he’s got that voice, that soul.”
As reported, Gill was also part of the induction concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2021, held there on Sunday (1). He sang his “When I Call Your Name” and inducted drummer Eddie Bayers, who played on the 1990 hit. Moten was also present to perform a version of George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” in memory of the late pedal steel player Pete Drake, another new inductee, who played on the original.