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Jun 28

Vince Gill Collaborations Abound With Clapton Fest

Vince Gill photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Vince Gill photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Vince Gill made his way to Chicago this weekend to take part in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and he was surrounded by some pretty impressive players.

John Mayer, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top were all there, and Vince’s set found blended him with some very respected fellow musicians. Acoustic bluesman (and new Nashvillian) Keb’ Mo’ joined Vince along with Earl Klugh, a jazz guitarist who recorded with Chet Atkins; and Albert Lee, who appeared on Brad Paisley’s Grammy-winning “Cluster Pluck.” Vince also got an on-stage visit from former Elvis Presley sideman James Burton, whose collaboration on “Mystery Train” was one of the highlights of the day, according to The Chicago Tribune.

As if that weren’t enough, Sheryl Crow popped out to join Vince on a version of Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally,” Premier Guitar reported.

Vince and Sheryl are familiar musical partners. She provided backing vocals on “What You Give Away,” recorded for his Grammy-nominated album These Days. And both of them joined Brooks & Dunn on the 2006 single “Building Bridges,” which won a Vocal Event of the Year trophy from the Academy of Country Music.

Vince has some other collaborations on the way, too. He produced LeAnn Rimes’ upcoming album, and he’s recorded some parts for songs by Clay Aiken and Johnny Mathis. He worked on each of those projects at his home studio, which makes it extremely easy to work with musicians from all over the globe.

“The flexibility of it is really great,” Vince told The Pasadena Star-News. “I think that technology being the way it is today, you don’t really need the giant real estate area to have a studio. You just need a little bit of room.”

You do have to tour, however, to reach people in person, and Vince has a major concert stop on his schedule for the Fourth of July weekend. He begins a three-day run Friday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It’ll be the first time he’s ever played that historic stage.

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