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About.com5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[2]
AllMusic4.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[3]
The Austin Chronicle3/5 stars11px11px11px11px[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Hartford Courant(favorable)[7]
The New York Times(positive)[8]
PopMatters7/10 stars7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px[9]

These Days is the eleventh studio album and the first box set by country artist Vince Gill. Consisting of 43 original songs spanning four discs, the album displays the range of Gill’s lyrical and musical styles, ranging from traditional country and bluegrass to jazz and rock. The album was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and won Best Country Album. The album is currently number 10 on People Magazine's "Top 10 Best Albums of the Century (So Far)".[10] It is also ranked #9 on Country Universe's "The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade." [11]


To accompany him on this undertaking, Gill turned both to artists he knew and had worked with before and to those whose music he admired from a distance. "I never try to fill up my records with famous people," Gill says. "I try to fill them up with the most talented people I can find on the face of the earth." By the time the project was completed, that group included Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Phil Everly, the Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, John Anderson, Lee Ann Womack, Jenny Gill, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Guy Clark, Trisha Yearwood, Bekka Bramlett, Michael McDonald, steel-guitarist Buddy Emmons and many other musical standouts.

Initially, Gill planned to pare down the songs to a single album. Then, in one of the studios he used, he spotted some Beatles memorabilia and recalled that the Fab Four had routinely released multiple albums within the same year.

The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 17, with 42,000 copies sold in its first week.[12] This was also the album's peak position on the chart.[13]


Three singles were released from this album, of which two were duets. The first single, "The Reason Why" (featuring Alison Krauss) reached #28 on the Hot Country Songs charts; following it was "What You Give Away", which featured Sheryl Crow and peaked at #43. The third single, "How Lonely Looks", failed to chart.

Track listing

Workin' on a Big Chill

"The Rockin' Record"

  1. "Workin’ on a Big Chill" (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; Leslie Ann Winn)
  2. "Love’s Standin’" (Vince Gill; Joe Henry; John Hobbs)
  3. "Cowboy Up" (featuring Gretchen Wilson) (Vince Gill; Pete Wasner)
  4. "Sweet Thing" (Vince Gill; Gary Nicholson)
  5. "Bet It All on You" (Vince Gill; Al Anderson)
  6. "Nothin’ for a Broken Heart" (Duet w/Rodney Crowell) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson)
  7. "Son of a Ramblin’ Man" (featuring Del McCoury Band) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson)
  8. "Smilin’ Song" (featuring Michael McDonald) (Vince Gill)
  9. "The Rhythm of the Pourin’ Rain" (featuring Bekka Bramlett) (Vince Gill; Pete Wasner)
  10. "Nothin’ Left to Say" (Vince Gill; Billy Thomas)

The Reason Why

"The Groovy Record"

  1. "What You Don't Say" (with LeAnn Rimes) (Vince Gill; John Hobbs; George Reed Nielsen)
  2. "The Reason Why" (with Alison Krauss) (Vince Gill; Gary Nicholson)
  3. "The Rock of Your Love" (with Bonnie Raitt) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; Leslie Ann Winn)
  4. "What You Give Away" (with Sheryl Crow) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson)
  5. "Faint of Heart" (with Diana Krall) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson)
  6. "Time to Carry On" (with Jenny Gill) (Vince Gill; Pete Wasner)
  7. "No Easy Way" (Vince Gill; George Reed Nielsen)
  8. "This Memory of You" (with Trisha Yearwood) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; John Hobbs)
  9. "How Lonely Looks" (Vince Gill; Beverly W. Darnell)
  10. "Tell Me One More Time About Jesus" (with Amy Grant) (Vince Gill; Amy Grant)
  11. "Everything and Nothing" (with Katrina Elam) (Vince Gill; Beverly W. Darnell; Kyle D. Matthews)
  12. "Which Way Will You Go" (Vince Gill; John Hobbs; George Reed Nielsen)
  13. "These Days" (Vince Gill)

Some Things Never Get Old

"The Country and Western Record"

  1. "This New Heartache" (Vince Gill)
  2. "The Only Love" (Vince Gill; George Reed Nielsen)
  3. "Out of My Mind" (featuring Patty Loveless) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; Leslie Ann Winn)
  4. "The Sight of Me Without You" (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; John Hobbs)
  5. "I Can’t Let Go" (featuring Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski) (Vince Gill)
  6. "Don’t Pretend with Me" (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; Leslie Ann Winn)
  7. "Some Things Never Get Old" (featuring Emmylou Harris) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson; Tia Sellers)
  8. "Sweet Little Corrina" (featuring Phil Everly) (Vince Gill; Al Anderson)
  9. "If I Can Make Mississippi" (featuring Lee Ann Womack) (Vince Gill)
  10. "Take This Country Back" (Duet w/John Anderson) (Vince Gill)

Little Brother

"The Acoustic Record"

  1. "All Prayed Up" (Vince Gill)
  2. "Cold Gray Light of Gone" (featuring The Del McCoury Band) (Vince Gill; Bill Anderson; Otto Kitsinger)
  3. "A River Like You" (featuring Jenny Gill) (Vince Gill; Randy Albright; Mark Sanders)
  4. "Ace Up Your Pretty Sleeve" (Vince Gill; Mark Germino)
  5. "Molly Brown" (Vince Gill; Jim Waggoner)
  6. "Girl" (Guest Vocalist: Rebecca Lynn Howard) (Vince Gill)
  7. "Give Me the Highway" (featuring The Del McCoury Band) (Vince Gill)
  8. "Sweet Augusta Darlin’" (Vince Gill)
  9. "Little Brother" (Vince Gill)
  10. "Almost Home" (Duet w/Guy Clark) (Vince Gill)


  • Kim Keyes – background vocals
  • Diana Krall – piano and duet vocals on "Faint of Heart"
  • Alison Krauss – background vocals on "The Reason Why" and "I Can't Let Go"
  • Patty Loveless – background vocals on "Out of My Mind"
  • Del McCoury – acoustic guitar and background vocals on "Son of a Ramblin' Man", "Cold Gray Light of Gone", and "Give Me the Highway"
  • Rob McCoury – banjo on "Son of a Ramblin' Man", "Cold Gray Light of Gone", and "Give Me the Highway"
  • Ronnie McCoury – mandolin on "Son of a Ramblin' Man", "Cold Gray Light of Gone", and Give Me the Highway"
  • Michael McDonald – duet vocals on "Smilin' Song"
  • Richard Madenfort – acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, e-bow
  • Gene Miller – background vocals
  • Doug Moffet – baritone saxophone
  • The Nashville String Machinestrings
  • Justin Niebank – choir
  • Calvin Nowell – choir
  • Michael Omartian – horn arrangements

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Chart performance

Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 17


  1. "Critic Reviews for These Days". Metacritic. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. Bauman, Sue. "Vince Gill - These Days". Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  3. Jurek, Thom. "These Days - Vince Gill". AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  4. Jordan, Scott (December 8, 2006). "Vince Gill: These Days (MCA)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  5. Tunzi, Kristina. "These Days". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  6. Willman, Chris (October 20, 2006). "These Days Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  7. Kintner, Thomas (October 17, 2006). "Vince Gill Shows His Audacious Side". Hartford Courant. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  8. Friskics-Warren, Bill (October 15, 2006). "Just a Balladeer? A 43-Track Manifesto Testifies Otherwise". The New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  9. MacIntosh, Dan (December 17, 2006). "Vince Gill: These Days". PopMatters. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  10. Thompson, Gayle. "People's Top 10 Albums of the Century Includes Vince Gill CD". The Boot. March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  11. "The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade, Conclusion: #10-#1 – Country Universe". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  12. Katie Hasty, "Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years",, October 25, 2006.
  13. Template:BillboardID/V/Template:BillboardEncode/V/chart Artist chart history for Vince Gill (albums),

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