Country Throwback: Jerry Douglas Joins Vince Gill for ‘Oklahoma Borderline’ at 2004 Festival

by Joe Rutland

Put together lap steel guitar player Jerry Douglas with country singer Vince Gill, who plays a mean guitar himself, and you get an epic show.

Gill and Douglas team up on playing Gill’s “Oklahoma Borderline” at a June 2004 appearance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. It was held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, and featured Gill, Douglas, and other guitarists picked by festival creator and host Eric Clapton. The festivals were put together to support the Crossroads Centre, founded by Clapton, which is a substance abuse treatment center in Antigua.

For an amazing four-plus-minute stretch, Gill not only sings his song but shows off his incredible guitar-playing talent. Douglas is no slouch, either, on the lap steel guitar.

Both guitarists support one another throughout the song. Gill, though, takes off on a 90-second-plus guitar riff that roars through the Cotton Bowl crowd.

Here are Gill and Douglas, along with the backup band, playing “Oklahoma Borderline.”

Vince Gill Performs At Ryman Auditorium In 1995

Since we’re in throwback country, let’s dial the clock back a little further for Vince Gill to 1995.

Gill performed “Take Your Memory With You” in Nashville at the famed Ryman Auditorium. It was a year in which he won the Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year award, along with GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Song and Best Male Country Music Performance for “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

Gill also released a greatest hits album called “Souvenirs” in 1995, too.

Enjoy Gill singing this song off of his 1991 album, “Pocket Full of Gold.”

In 2017, Gill was presented with an opportunity to fill the late Glenn Frey’s spot with the Eagles for some reunion concerts. He accepted and, eventually, went out on tour with the band.

He says, “It was a surreal experience. Don’s there, Timothy is there and I’m singing these songs. It was an amazing gift.”

On July 15, 2017, at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium, Eagles members Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh reunited for their first full show since Glenn’s death in 2016 for the Classic West concert.

Gill and Frey’s son Deacon were tapped to step in for the late co-founder, both of them adding vocals and guitar to the Eagles’ already potent lineup.


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