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"High Lonesome Sound" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Vince Gill. It was released in April 1996 as the first single and title track from his album High Lonesome Sound. The song reached #12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in June 1996[1] and #1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada the following month.[2]

"High Lonesome Sound"
Single by Vince Gill
from the album High Lonesome Sound
ReleasedApril 1, 1996
LabelMCA 55188
Songwriter(s)Vince Gill
Producer(s)Tony Brown
Vince Gill singles chronology
"Go Rest High on That Mountain"
"High Lonesome Sound"
"Worlds Apart"

At the 39th Grammy Awards, "High Lonesome Sound" won the award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.[3]

An alternate version of the song was recorded in a more bluegrass orchestration and backed by Alison Krauss & Union Station.

Critical receptionEdit

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the "vibrant and bluegrassy sound of the instruments combined with Gill's stellar vocals create a winning combination."[4]

Chart performanceEdit

"High Lonesome Sound" debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 13, 1996

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 12

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 16


  1. ^ Vince Gill Chart History
  2. ^ RPM Country Tracks
  3. ^ Vince Gill Charts & Awards
  4. ^ Billboard, April 13, 1996
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3017." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 1, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Vince Gill Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.