Country superstar Vince Gill returns to the road this summer on June 13th for the first of a 60-date tour of 25 states. Newly reunited Restless Heart is scheduled to open for Gill on a total of 24 dates. Patty Loveless will be the opening act for seven shows, and Chely Wright for five. Some of the remaining appearances will be staged as An Evening With Vince Gill. "We're gonna play some different kinds of venues this year, which will be a lot of fun," says Gill. "We're doing what we've always done...I'm not ever trying to top myself with a bigger light show for a bigger this or a bigger that. It's still about me just showing up with a guitar and the same guys that can play and sing." The recent winner of a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Gill is presently recording his eighth album for MCA Records. The untitled album, which is scheduled for a summer release, will feature guest artists including Lee Ann Womack and Dawn Sears. PLUS! Keep your ear open for Gill's voice to turn up on two surprising projects. The singer is featured on a PBS documentary soundtrack, The Irish in America: Long Journey Home. Gill croons his rendition of "The Bard of Armagh/The Streets of Laredo," which is backed by The Chieftans. Gill's voice can also be heard along with Amy Grant's, Clint Black's and Kathy Mattea's, as the four are featured together on the classic "How Great Thou Art." The song is included on Sounds of Wood & Steel, a new Windham Hill compilation project.
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