Album: Down to My Last Bad Habit
Release Date: February 12th
There may not be enough space to enumerate all the reasons to look forward to Gill's new album, due out February 12th. But here are six: He has never made a bad album. His last two releases — 2011's stellar Guitar Slinger and 2013's Bakersfield, a team effort with venerable steel guitarist Paul Franklin in tribute to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard — were some of the best of his career. The first single "Take Me Down," featuring harmony vocals from Little Big Town, is a sexy slice of country rock that features one of the Oklahoma native's patented stinging guitar solos, sharp lyrics and a welcome sultry swagger. Among the co-writers on the album's 12 tracks are Ashley Monroe, Al Anderson and Leslie Satcher. Rising star Cam is featured on "I'll Be Waiting for You." And the final song, written by Gill solo, is a trad-country tribute to the Possum titled "Sad One Comin' On (A Song for George Jones)." For that reason alone, we're already tearing up. S.R.