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“When you’re a kid and you idolize John Hiatt, to think that you’ll record one of his songs and actually have him sing on it…there are no words, you know? Same with Vince Gill, who plays guitar on this - I’m such a fan. And working in Chet Atkins’ old studio in Nashville really put everything in perspective, like, 'How damn lucky am I?' [laughs]
“The Nashville sessions guys were great. They’re like machines: They come in, do two or three sessions a day, and they don’t make mistakes. Boom - they’re done. Total pros. But they play with great feel. They have a magic all their own.
“Vince was amazing. He let me play his white 1953 Tele, which is the iconic Vince Gill guitar. What a blast! I didn’t get to meet John, unfortunately, because I had to go back on tour. But he came in the next day and nailed his vocal in one take. Guy’s unbelievable.
“I really liked being the weak link in the room. That sounds weird, but it helps me get better fast. The Nashville players are strong, man. And guitar-wise, Vince Gill is like BB King or Eric Clapton in the taste department. Seriously, the guy’s that good.”