We’ve reported far too many music deaths since late 2015, so it’s nice to be able to celebrate the birthday of an artist who is not only still with us, but who’s now becoming a living legend himself.

Happy 59, Vince Gill! And how to better celebrate his birthday than by having Gill play his heartfelt tribute to someone who’s shoes he’s filling — late George Jones (it could just as well be for Merle Haggard) — on a rich and warm Gibson acoustic. It may be a sad song for such a a happy occasion, but sometimes tears are the best way to show gratitude.

Happy birthday, Vince. Many returns!

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