Go Rest High on That Mountain

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"Go Rest High on That Mountain"
Single by Vince Gill
from the album When Love Finds You
B-side "Maybe Tonight"
Released August 28, 1995
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 5:15 (Album version)
4:27 (Radio edit)
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Vince Gill
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Vince Gill singles chronology
"You Better Think Twice"
(1995)
"Go Rest High on That Mountain"
(1995)
"High Lonesome Sound"
(1996)

"Go Rest High on That Mountain" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Vince Gill. It was released in August 1995 as the sixth single from his album When Love Finds You. It is a eulogic ballad. Gill began writing the song following the death of country music superstar Keith Whitley, who died in 1989. Gill did not finish the song until a few years later following the death of his older brother Bob, in 1993, of a heart attack. Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless both sang background vocals on the record.

The song won the CMA's Song of the Year award in 1996[1] and a BMI Most-Performed Song award in 1997.[2] It also received two Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song in the 38th Grammy Awards.[3] The single reached No. 14 on the Country Singles chart in 1995.[4] It has sold 648,000 digital copies in the US since becoming available for download.[5]

On May 2, 2013, Gill performed the song with Loveless at the funeral of fellow country artist George Jones. At one point during the performance, Gill became too emotional to sing some of the words, but was able to complete the song by focusing primarily on his guitar playing. In a speech just prior to Gill's and Loveless' performance, Gill underlined their duet by stating that he always was aware of a "special anointing" in his duets with Loveless, and compared them particularly to Jones' duets with singer Melba Montgomery during the 1960s.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably calling the song "beautiful, majestic, and easily one of the best singles of Gill's already distinguished career." She goes on to say that the composition "boasts a touching spiritual lyric and Gill's consistently impeccable vocal delivery."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by John Lloyd Miller and premiered in mid-1995.

Chart performance[edit]

"Go Rest High on That Mountain" debuted at number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of September 2, 1995. The song has sold 670,000 digital copies as of March 2016 after it became available for download in the U.S.[8]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 14

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 74

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cash, Rosanne; Rudder, Randy (2006). Country Music Reader. Country Music Books. p. 103. ISBN 0-9769745-1-7. 
  2. ^ Carlin, Richard (2003). Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary. Taylor & Francis. p. 150. ISBN 0-415-93802-3. 
  3. ^ "Past winners search". Grammy.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Vince Gill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 7, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: December 7, 2015". RoughStock. 
  6. ^ YouTube. Grand Ole Opry. Vince Gill and Patty Loveless - "Go Rest High On That Mountain" at George Jones' Funeral | Opry. 2013 Possum Tracks Touring Co. Retrieved January 7, 2015. YouTube
  7. ^ Billboard, September 2, 1995
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 15, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Report: March 15, 2016". Roughstock. 
  9. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2841." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "Vince Gill – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Vince Gill.
  11. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
"Independence Day" performed by Martina McBride
CMA Award for Song of the Year - "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill
1996
Succeeded by
Matraca Berg & Gary Harrison – "Strawberry Wine"