Vince Gill Expands His Band for Multi-Format Tour

To Support His New Album, Concerts Will Be Split Into Four Stylistic Parts

When Vince Gill hits the Nokia Theatre stage in New York’s Times Square on Oct. 16 to kick off his These Days tour, he’ll not only be accompanied by his eight-piece band. There will also be another eight musicians to add flavor as he switches from one musical style to another.

The 26-date tour is in support of These Days, his four-CD, 43-song boxed set due out Oct. 17. Each separate disc features Gill performing country, bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll and jazz-pop numbers. His concerts, expected to run three and a-half hours, will be similarly divided.

Besides selections from the new songs (all of which he wrote or co-wrote), Gill will include a sampling of his hits in each segment. Each of the four segments will correspond to the titles of the individual CDs contained in the boxed set: Some Things Never Get Old — The Country & Western Record, Little Brother — The Acoustic Record, The Reason Why — The Groovin’ Record and “Workin’ on a Big Chill — The Rockin’ Record.

Gill’s backup band includes Jeff White, guitar and vocals; Billy Thomas, drums and vocals; Pete Wasner and John Hobbs, keyboards; Tom Britt, electric guitar; Michael Rhodes, bass; Russ Pahl, steel guitar; and Dawn Sears, background vocals.

The auxiliary musicians are Charlie Cushman, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Dobro; Al Anderson, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals; Doug Moffit, baritone sax; Mark Douthit, tenor and alto sax; Mike Haynes, trumpet; Barry Green, trombone and horn leader; Deanie Richardson, fiddle; and Bekka Bramlett, background vocals.

These Days, the album, spotlights guest performances by Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Rodney Crowell, Phil Everly, the Del McCoury Band, Emmylou Harris, John Anderson, Lee Ann Womack, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Guy Clark, Trisha Yearwood, Bekka Bramlett, Michael McDonald and others.

The tour will hit more than 20 cities, including Milwaukee, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Denver, before closing Dec. 7-9 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Tickets are on a three-tier pricing system and will top out at around $50 each in most cities.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to