Vince Gill shared his thoughts on the history and diversity of country music in a speech at this year’s NAMM conference in Nashville, Tenn.
The National Association of Music Merchants event brings together artists and industry leaders every year to discuss and share knowledge and advice to those trying to get a food in the country music scene.
“[I’ve played with] everybody from Ralph Stanley to Barbra Streisand, and everything in between. I’m getting ready to do a duet with Diana Krall, I think this week, on her record,” he said at the conference, according to The Boot. “What I’ve enjoyed the most is, once again, the diversity of what I’ve got to experience.”
Gill explained that music, in many different forms and genres, has been his one true passion throughout life, even before he made it big in country. “I’ve always had a great love of all kinds of music and I just wanted to do anything and everything I could. That’s what I aspired to be.”
Gill, an avid music history buff, also discussed the importance behind the camaraderie between musicians of all types that has carried on for years within the Nashville community. “Most people perceive Nashville to be a country music town,” he explained. “That’s kind of true, but the musicians have always known that wasn’t the case. The musicians always knew each other and knew how each of the other musicians played. A lot of men and women have made their living playing on country records. They were some of the greatest jazz musicians you’ve ever heard in your life, and it would shock you that they were playing on a Hank Williams record or a Patsy Cline record.”
If you’re in the Nashville area this weekend, you can take part in NAMM’s Music Industry Day on July 11. The day’s events are open to the public and admission is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Performances from Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash and Jim Lauderdale will be featured. You can purchase tickets and find out more about the event at the NAMM website.