Can you guess who joked that their number was a one because "I am – or at some point have been – married to Vince"?

By Danielle Anderson
August 09, 2016 10:45 AM

Move over Kevin Bacon, it’s time to play Six Degrees of Separation: the Country Edition.

Having spent four decades in the music business, Vince Gill is pretty much connected to… everyone. In honor of the 25th anniversary of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, country stars like Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town and more are celebrating their connection to Gill.

“My Vince Gill number is a one,” says Urban, who regularly teams up with Gill to lead their All For the Hall benefit concerts. “Apparently this is either because I am – or at some point have been – married to Vince, but I think it’s more about the song that we’ve played together.”

Vince Gill at the Grand Ole Opry in 2015
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Vince Gill at the Grand Ole Opry in 1991
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“My Vince Gill number is two,” says Bentley. “Vince has played a really important part in my career. He’s one of the first country singers that ever came out and watched me play when I was playing bars on lower Broadway. Before the publishing deal, before the record deal, Vince came out one night to a little bar called Market Street Brewery and brought his mandolin and got up on stage with us and jammed for like an hour and a half – an hour and 22 minutes, but who’s counting.”

But not to be outdone, Little Big Town claims they are Gill’s closest connection.

“Hate to brag,” says LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman of the band’s one degree of separation. “We’re one because we just cut a song with him on his record, which means you have to be in the room with him. And he inducted us into the Grand Ole Opry, so I’m pretty sure we’re as close as it gets.”

Adds Schlapman: “I think we win!”

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