VINCE GILL WRAPS FOUR-NIGHT, SOLD-OUT RESIDENCY AT RYMAN
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry Member Vince Gill wrapped his sold-out, four-night residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium last night, Aug. 7. The run of shows from Aug. 4-7 featured nearly four-hour sets and included fan favorites like “When I Call Your Name,” “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” among many others. The shows were filled with special guests including Gill’s daughter Corrina who performed a special tribute to her mom Amy Grant, singing her dad's 2021 Grammy Award-winning Best Country Solo Performance of “When My Amy Prays,” changing the lyrics to “When My Momma Prays.” The residency marked the GRAMMY Award-winner’s first solo performance at the Mother Church since two back-to-back sold out shows in 2017.
Gill’s career-spanning setlists varied night to night and featured special guest and “The Voice” Season 21 runner up Wendy Moten, giving fans unique experiences each show. Gill performed more than 30 songs with his all-star band which included Paul Franklin (steel), Billy Thomas (drums), Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass), Jedd Hughes (guitar),
Jack Schneider (guitar), John Jarvis (keyboards) and the aforementioned Moten and Gill. Gill also gave audiences a preview of new songs he wrote during the pandemic. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer movingly told stories behind each song including the poignant “Benny’s Song,” which Gill penned after the 2020 death of his oldest friend and long-time guitar tech Benny Garcia.
During the residency, it was announced by Moten that Gill will be the next CMT “Giant.” “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill,” an all-new 90-minute special celebrating the extraordinary career and music of the country music titan, premieres Friday, September 16th exclusively on CMT. Gill continues on tour the month of August, wrapping up the successful run of dates in Atlanta on Aug. 28. Fall of 2022 sees his return to performing live with the Eagles, who he has worked with since 2017. He’ll finish the year with the return of ‘Christmas at the Ryman’ residency he shares with wife Grant Dec. 12-21.
Already a fixture on the Ryman stage with the annual ‘Christmas at the Ryman’ shows and many appearances at the Ryman’s annual Bluegrass Nights series, Gill’s residency added to the Ryman’s 130th anniversary celebration and joined the growing list of 2022 Ryman Residencies, including Dwight Yoakam (Jan. 19-21); Tedeschi Trucks Band(Feb. 22-23, 25-26); Billy Strings (May 6-8), John Mulaney, the Ryman’s first-ever comedy residency, Jason Isbell (Oct. 15-23) and Brett Eldredge (Nov. 25-27).
Since the first concert on May 4, 1892, the Ryman has celebrated an array of entertainment acts and all genres of music on its hallowed stage – from magician Harry Houdini to comic actor Charlie Chaplin and former president Theodore Roosevelt to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., plus music icons from all genres including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Lizzo and Harry Styles.