Vince Gill Says Female Country Artists Are Creating ‘Much More Interesting’ Records

Vince Gill has nothing but positive things to say about women in country music.

During an interview with the Houston Press earlier this week, Gill joined the discussion about radio consultant Keith Hill’s controversial comments that recommended stations limit airplay of female country artists.

“That’s one of the greatest tragedies in this stretch of life for me,” Gill says, “Because I’ve been inspired as much or more by women artists, equally, than I have as men. So if there’s only a couple that are getting the opportunity to really knock it out of the park at radio, then you just go, ‘What about Patsy Cline? Kitty Wells? Tammy Wynette? Loretta Lynn?’”

“I could go on and on and on and on and name you about 50 great female artists,” Gill says. “And I don’t know why that is. To me, they’re making much more … interesting records. They’re saying more things I’d prefer to hear, lyrically and song-wise, and that’s compelling. This Ashley Monroe kid, she writes songs like she’s 80 years old. It’s remarkable, and it’s not dumbing it down. It’s not going for the lowest common denominator. It’s so refreshing, you know?”

Gill acted as the producer for Monroe’s upcoming album, The Blade, which will be released July 24. Gill will continue his residency at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley with the Time Jumpers through the end of July before he embarks on his own solo tour through the rest of the summer. More information on his tour schedule can be found at his official website.

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Vince Gill Says Female Country Artists Are Creating ‘Much More Interesting’ Records