Vince Gill was the guest on NPR’s ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me’ over the weekend to discuss everything from why he’s drawn to the sad side of country music to hosting the CMA Awards in the 90s. Laughter flowed and Vince expressed some concern when asked to play a game called “Bwahahahahahaha” in which he answered 3 questions about horror film actor Vincent Price. “I am not the brightest guy,” Vince said. “My junior year in high school was the hardest three years of my life.”
The show’s host, Peter Sagal, spent time before the show getting himself acquainted with Vince’s music. He told Vince he “ended up feeling much more godly, patriotic and sad.” With songs like “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “Tryin’ To Get Over You,” Vince is certainly known for recording tear jerkers.
“I like the blue side,” Vince said. “I’ve always liked the sad side of music, you know, the sadder the better. I grew up and played a lot of bluegrass music, and the songs were somewhat morbid in a sense. Somebody’s going to die or something bad is going to happen. There was a great song writer, Townes Van Zandt. He had my favorite quote of all time. He says ‘there’s really only two kinds of music; there’s the blues and Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.’”
Vince served as the host of the CMA Awards from 1992 to 2003, 12 consecutive years. To host that long, he was doing something right so host Peter Sagal asked for advice. Vince was happy to share what he’d learned from his years at the hosting helm.
“It was fun,” Vince said. “I had a good time doing it. It wasn’t hard; I just brought people on, took people off, cracked a few jokes and went home. It wasn’t that tough.’
You can listen to Vince’s full interview on the “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” show HERE.