Vince Gill Gets Personal with “Okie”

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hen a notable sixty-two-year-old singer/songwriter releases his first album in three years, it is best to pay attention. Okie, Vince Gill’s fifteenth studio effort released this past Friday, is a collection of twelve personal opinions, memories, and tributes that read into everything from abuse to Gill’s newfound Christian faith. The production is clean, the musicianship is simple yet stellar, and Gill’s voice sounds like it did twenty years ago. However, the lyrics, no matter how touching, fall flat in some places—most notably the two homages to his wife, Amy Grant: “The Red Words” and “When My Amy Prays.”

Overall, the record is a relief from the so-called “country music” of today and is a must listen for country fans young and old. 

Highlights: “The Price Of Regret,” “What Choice Will You Make,” “A World Without Haggard”

Memorable Lyrics: “Some hide in a bottle and some die in vain/Some wave a Bible and some just go insane” (“The Price Of Regret”)

Rating: 3.5/5