Vince Gill (MCA Nashville)
Vince Gill is starting to resemble Emmylou Harris. This isn't to cast aspersions on his masculinity. It's just that with his crystal-pure voice and the tendency of talented musicians to flock to his side, he has joined Harris (in whose band he was once a sideman) in the highest rank of Nashville royalty.
This all-around splendid country album is testimony to Gill's ascension. Its highlight is a sweet-toned duet by Gill and his sometime touring partner Patty Loveless on Gill's classic "My Kind of Woman/ My Kind of Man." There are backup-singing visits by such accomplished performers as Dawn Sears, Faith Hill
, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss and Shelby Lynne and ace accompaniment by guitarist Randy Scruggs, fiddler Larry Franklin and steel guitarist John Hughey.
Gill had a hand in writing the album's 13 songs—10 all by himself, including the lively "I'll Take Texas," which should fit nicely in the chubby portfolio of beloved country songs that salute the Lone Star State.
Bottom Line: Here's to one of Nashville's most reliable stars