The Grand Ole Opry recently honored Vince Gill on his 20th anniversary as an Opry member. Vince Gill is one of country music’s most accomplished singers, songwriters and musicians and also has a very credible bluegrass history.
Those who joined Vince Gill on stage during the celebration were his wife Amy Grant, daughter Jenny Gill, Jimmy Dickens, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, and The Time Jumpers. The show featured many highlights including duets with Vince’s former employer and good friend Emmylou Harris.
During the eventing Vince Gill shared with the audience that more than 20 years earlier he hadn’t been able to accept the Opry’s very first invitation to play, because it conflicted with accompanying Jenny at her grade school talent show.
Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher presented Gill with a framed print commemorating his anniversary, after which Gill said, “the friendships I’ve built here mean more to me than every song I’ve ever sung out here on this stage. I wouldn’t know how to do this [music] without this place.” In closing the show, Gill said, “in the immortal words of Mr. Roy [Acuff], ‘You better sing the one that brung ya’” before performing the first song he ever sang on the Opry, “When I Call Your Name.” Holding his 20th anniversary print high, the Opry member smiled and said, “here’s to the next 20.”