Everybody knows that Vince Gill is a multi-talented country music star. After all, you don’t become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and get inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for nothing. Unfortunately, it’s not often that Gill’s fans get a taste of exactly how talented he is. But this year, the multi-instrumentalist will take to the road to play a 12-date bluegrass tour — proving to fans and critics that his bluegrass roots are still intact.

The Oklahoma native will play with several musicians who also played in the late Earl Scruggs‘ band. Scruggs, a legendary banjo player, died on March 28, 2012 at 88-years-old.

“After the passing of Earl Scruggs, it means the world to me to do these dates with this world-class band playing the music that Earl defined,” Vince explains, according to the Boot. “I absolutely adore this music.”

Gill grew up playing bluegrass music, but changed his sound when he fronted country rock group Pure Prairie League in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he started his solo career, which took on a very authentically country sound. But that doesn’t mean that the award-winning artist has left his bluegrass roots behind.

“I just love playing music,” he notes to the Portland Press Herald. “I don’t know why some people have to think that if they do well they can’t be what they used to be. I like being what I used to be.”

This unplugged tour might sound a little unusual for Gill, as he has been focusing on his country career for a few decades. But he recently announced that he will be releasing an acoustic album with the Time Jumpers this fall. Sounds like Gill is getting back in touch with where he got his start!

Vince Gill Bluegrass Tour Dates:

6/13 – Richmond, Va. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
6/14 – North Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Alabama Theatre
6/15 and 6/16 – Alexandria, Va. | The Birchmere
6/17 – Charlotte, N.C. | Knight Theater
6/21 – Nashville, Tenn. | Ryman Auditorium
6/22 – Atlanta, Ga. | Atlanta Botanical Garden
6/23 – Hiawassee, Ga. | Anderson Music Hall
6/24 – Durham, N.C. | Durham Performing Arts Center
6/28 – Owensboro, Ky. | ROMP
6/29 – Lexington, Ky. | Lexington Opera House
6/30 – Wabash, Ind. | Honeywell Center

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