OFFSTAGE: Vince Gill Amused by Country's Hard Rock Influence

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

In this Q&A from Friday's (April 27) Chicago Tribune, I think Vince Gill seems rather amused by the musical direction of a handful of his Nashville brethren. When the Tribune asks Gill what he makes of the whole "country-music-goes-hard-rock trend," he says, "It makes me laugh when I hear this Def Leppard-sounding record with a guy singing to me about how country he is. I appreciate them wanting to rock as hard as they want, but it's humorous to me that, lyrically, they're screaming about how hot your chick is in your truck."

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