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"Since the song was recorded, my friend Will Owsley took his own life, so the song has a profound impact on me now," the singer explains. "In my lifetime, 'Go Rest High on That Mountain' has been the song that helped a lot of people through their grief. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing. It's a powerful, powerful song. I feel like it's the crown jewel of the new record."
Suicide was the inspiration behind another tearjerking track on the record, 'Billy Paul,' which features Vince and Amy's 9-year-old daughter Corrina on vocals. "It's a song about a friend of mine who took his life after he took someone else's life," Vince explains. "It's very, very dark, but I love that in music. I was always drawn to music with those kinds of things."
Vince admits that he has more sad songs than love songs but also balances it out with uptempo tunes on 'Guitar Slinger' that show his lighter side and his legendary guitar skills. He wrote or co-wrote every track on the project, which was recorded in his home studio.
'Guitar Slinger' is set for release later this year and is the follow-up to his Grammy-winning mash 'These Days.' "I feel like the emphasis has been on the songs and the songs have gotten better," Vince says. "They really run the gamut of what they are about, how they feel, how they sound. It's not an all-traditional record, it's not an all-contemporary record; it's all over the map, like I kind of have always been. But it doesn't feel out of step with anything I've done previously."