From what Young says in a candid new interview with Gill himself at the Grammy-winning guitarslinger’s home studio, it was seeing the “When I Call Your Name” artist in concert at Nashville’s now-defunct Starwood Amphitheatre that inspired him to become a singer.
“My mom was a single parent for a while before my stepdad came into the picture. But that was one of the few things we could go do — go to Starwood Amphitheatre,” Young tells Rolling Stone Country, in an interview conducted by Gill. “I don’t think my mom knew at that point I’d want to do this for a living, but she knew I sang all the time and wouldn’t shut up.”
He and Gill collaborate on a standout track on Young’s new album I’m Comin’ Over, the poignant “Sober Saturday Night.” But the song wasn’t always so effective. In fact, it wasn’t until Young enlisted Gill to sing harmony and add a tasty solo that it became his favorite song on the record.
Young, whose single “I’m Comin’ Over” just went Number One on the country charts, is currently on the road. He’ll perform in Broomfield, Colorado, on November 19th.