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Vince Gill brings bluegrass to the DPAC

Vince Gill, one of the giants of contemporary country music, will break out the bluegrass when he leads a sensational band onstage at the Durham Performing Arts Center Sunday, June 24. The show, Gill says, will carry a special punch coming as it does not long after the death late in March of Earl Scruggs, the great banjo player whose influence is impossible to overstate.

“After the passing of Earl Scruggs, it means the world to me to do these dates with this world-class band playing the music that Earl defined,” Gill said. “I absolutely adore this music.”

Although Gill is the household name of the bunch, his bandmasters can pick a little too: Four-time Grammy winning fiddle player Stuart Duncan of the Nashville Bluegrass Band has recorded with the likes of Allison Krause, Elvis Costello and Yo-Yo Ma. Guitarist Jeff White has recorded with Del McCoury, Lyle Lovett and The Chieftains. Banjoist Jim Mills has five Grammys to his name and has played with Ricky Scaggs, Doyle Lawson and Bruce Hornsby. And bassist Dennnis Crouch has recorded with everybody from Ralph Stanley to Johnny Cash to Elton John.

Should be a terrific evening. 919-680-2787, dpacnc.com

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