Vince Gill shares the reflective track, “I Don’t Want To Ride The Rails No More” from his upcoming Okie album today. Gill’s Okie album was influenced by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression and is reflected in the track’s subtle and sublime imagery. Okie is available on August 23rd via MCA Nashville.
“The whole image of riding a train has such great beauty to it,” says Gill, who wrote the song. “It conjures images of The Grapes of Wrath, the Dust Bowl, and people hopping freight trains.” Gill continues, “This song has got to come from my experience in order to be able to put it on paper and to have it feel legit and truthful and honest. In my case it could very well be about a bus instead of a train—I’ve been riding a tour bus for 40 something years now. This is a song of reflection, yearning and hopefulness.