The Key

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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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008817001722
  • Catalog Number: 70017
  • Sales rank: 12,865

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Gill Primary Artist, 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
Tony Brown Producer
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
Denny Purcell Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sentimental Favorite

    This album is for all of Vince's fans who understood the emotional ties to most every song. It is pure country - as only Vince can do. Pure, sweet, clean music with backgrounds by people who stand alone on their ability, and who blend with his harmonies like family. This will always be my favorite Vince Gill album...all of them are terrific; but this one is "special"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just pure sweet country!!!!

    This is the most beautiful collection of songs you have put out. Thank You Vince, Very Much!!!!

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