The Key

The Key

by Vince GillVince Gill




On The Key, Vince Gill presents a rather dazzling array of traditional styles to display his versatile talent. Going back to his Oklahoma country roots for inspiration, something he hasn't done in many years, he comes out with a recording so startling that even heavy-handed producer Tony Brown left it pretty much alone.Gill is in fine voice throughout, joining with a colorful cast of backing singers -- including Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, and Faith Hill -- to create the type of music that contemporary country radio has not played in over a decade. Over 13 tracks, Gill eases gracefully from one roots country style to another, from a classic hillbilly waltz to the edgy Bakersfield sound. He even skillfully tips his hat to guitar great Roy Nichols on "There's Not Much Love Here Anymore." A duet with Loveless, "My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man," stands proudly next to the best country duets of George Jones and Tammy Wynette and Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens. Most impressive is "Kindly Keep It Country," a stone-cold hard country song that details one man's heartbreak and the soothing effects of a jukebox and a bar stool. As heartbreaking as any song he's ever written is "Let Her In," told from the perspective of a divorced father who is trying to rebuild his life and still retain his relationship with his daughter. Just as effective is "The Hills of Caroline," a mountain bluegrass tune with a strong melody and narrative enhanced by the beautiful backing vocals of Krauss. The closing title cut is an endearing acoustic country tune, complete with mandolins and banjo, that comes directly from Gill's relationship with his late father. For emotional depth, honesty, and the kind of musical depth and artistry listeners have come to expect from Gill, The Key stands among his very finest recordings. ~ Jana Pendragon & Thom Jurek

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/1998
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817001722
catalogNumber: 70017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Gill   Primary Artist,Vocals,Band
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
Patty Loveless   Vocals,Track Performer
Shelby Lynne   Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Band
Dawn Sears   Background Vocals
Mike Eldred   Background Vocals
Faith Hill   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Band
Stuart Duncan   Band
Larry Franklin   Band
John Hughey   Band
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Russ Martin   Overdubs
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Band
Randy Scruggs   Band
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Bergen White   Conductor,Background Vocals
Jeff White   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Band
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Billy Thomas   Background Vocals
Lee Ann Womack   Background Vocals
Sara Evans   Background Vocals
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals
Matt Andrews   Overdubs
Dennis William   Background Vocals
Jon Mark Ivey   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Clint Black   Composer
Steve Gibson   Contributor
Eddie Bayers   Contributor
Tony Brown   Producer
Stuart Duncan   Contributor
Larry Franklin   Contributor
Vince Gill   Contributor
John Hughey   Contributor
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Russ Martin   Engineer
Hayden Nicholas   Composer
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Contributor
Randy Scruggs   Contributor
Bergen White   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Guitar Techician
Glenn Worf   Contributor
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
Mark Ralston   Engineer
Chris Davie   Engineer
Tim Coyle   Engineer
Trish Townsend   Contributor
Matt Andrews   Overdub Assistant
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Benny Garcia   Guitar Techician

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