Down to My Last Bad Habit

Down to My Last Bad Habit

by Vince Gill

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Overview

Down to My Last Bad Habit

The last two Vince Gill albums celebrated their intentions within their titles: 2011's Guitar Slinger found plenty of space for his six-string prowess and his 2013 duet LP with Paul Franklin was a valentine to Bakersfield country. Down to My Last Bad Habit, his first solo album in a half-decade, is a slightly more complicated affair. While it can't be called a concept album, it's certainly unified by a soulful sensibility, trading heavily on slow, simmering grooves and favoring a feel so warm it feels as comfortable as an old tattered sweater. A lot of skill went into a record that appears so casual, and Gill once again is the chief architect of this record, writing every number and co-producing with Justin Niebank, playing all the guitar and singing most of the harmonies, too. Each of these components is impressive on its own -- Gill is a consummate guitarist and his writing is nearly as tasteful and assured -- and it's possible to listen and concentrate only on these elements, marveling at craft that's polished but never too slick, or perhaps being struck how the guitarist finds space for both jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and Nashville upstart Cam, neither feeling out of place in this setting. Nevertheless, the primary attraction of Down to My Last Bad Habit is its vibe, how Gill maintains an elegant, soulful air throughout the record even when he's singing about Jimmy Dickens or sneaking in a little bit of fingerpicking. The only time he breaks the spell is for the closer, "Sad One Comin' On (A Song for George Jones)," a hardcore honky tonky weeper that suits the spirit of the Possum and also serves as a reminder of Gill's deep country roots, but the appeal of Down to My Last Bad Habit feels more Memphis than Nashville: it's Vince Gill's soul album, which is a welcome thing indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2016
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602547684738
catalogNumber: 002435402
Rank: 717

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Gill   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken   Percussion
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Bekka Bramlett   Vocal Harmony
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Tony Harrell   Piano,Accordion,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Pete Wasner   Wurlitzer
Willie Weeks   Bass
Reese Wynans   Hammond B3
Kim Keyes   Vocal Harmony
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Drums
Karen Fairchild   Background Vocals
Jimi Westbrook   Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham   Vocal Harmony
Phillip Sweet   Background Vocals
Kimberly Roads   Background Vocals
Cam   Background Vocals
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Ellie Holcomb   Vocal Harmony
Corrina Gill   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jenny Van Valkenburg   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer,Producer
Richard Marx   Composer
Justin Niebank   Producer,Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Catt Gravitt   Composer
Ashley Monroe   Composer
Brennin Hunt   Composer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Jillian Jacqueline   Composer
Adriana Rozario   Composer

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