Reba McEntire knows that good friends are hard to find, as the saying goes. And so when you have one, it’s a thing to treasure. Such is the case with McEntire’s good friend (and once duet partner) Vince Gill. The two country music stars have enjoyed a long friendship, which McEntire credits Gill with helping her through some of her darkest days.
Arriving On The Scene
Vince Gill and Reba McEntire both exploded onto the country music scene around the same time. She scored her first No. 1 hit in 1983 with “I Can’t Even Get The Blues.” And though his first No. 1 hit single (“I Still Believe In You”) wasn’t until almost a decade later, he had 19 Top 40 singles prior to that. Both were mainstays in country music in the 1980s and 1990s. The two even released a duet together that was a smash hit. This was the 1992 “The Heart Won’t Lie.” And so it makes sense that they developed a close friendship.
Vince Gill Lends A Hand and A Guitar
The friendship between Vince Gill and Reba McEntire was close enough that he was there for her during a particularly dark period in her life. On March 19, 1991, a plane carrying seven of her band members and her road manager (along with two pilots), crashed. There were no survivors. In an interview, McEntire recalled how Gill was there for her. “I didn’t know how I would go back on stage,” she said about coming to terms with the event. “Vince [Gill] called and said, ‘Buddy, I’ll play guitar for you.'”
A True Friendship
The two are still close friends. And so when she recorded her holiday album, guess who she called. Her old friend Vince Gill and Gill’s wife, Amy Grant. Reba McEntire asked them to join on “Mary, Did You Know?” And in an interview with Rare Country, she once again reflected on their friendship.
“Vince and Amy are great friends. I love ’em to pieces,” she said. “I have a standing invitation anytime to drop in for dinner, and Amy’s a great cook, which I’m really glad [about], ’cause I’m not.” She added, “I’ve known Vince forever. Even before [my son] Shelby was around. I love Vince. I love Amy, and for them to sing with me on this album is just the icing on the cake.”
Country music really is about community. It’s so awesome to see stars develop a true appreciation of each other and a deep friendship. It really shows what being country is all about.