Vince Gill Dedicates ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’ to Toby Keith [WATCH]

Vince Gill undoubtedly caused more than a few tears at his recent performance at the All for the Hall in Oklahoma, hosted by Blake Shelton. The event, which raised almost $800,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, included a stellar performance by Gill, who honored both Shelton’s late brother, Richie, and Toby Keith with his performance.

“I was grateful that Blake invited me to do this,” Gill said from stage, ahead of his performance. “I want to thank him on behalf of all of us, and especially the people at the Country Music Hall of Fame. All the proceeds tonight are going to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and we’re so grateful. Thank you, Blake Shelton.

“I thought I’d do something sweet tonight, and do this to the memory — this song was written about the loss of my brother, Bob,” he continued. “And tonight I want to also include the dedication of this song to Blake’s brother, Richie, that he lost when he was a young boy in a car accident, and also dedicate it to another fellow, Mr. Toby Keith.”

Gill’s entire performance can also be viewed here, beginning at the 5:00 minute mark.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member began writing “Go Rest High On That Mountain” after the death of Keith Whitley, finishing it after Gill’s brother, Bob, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. Gill had no idea that the song, out in 1995, would resonate with so many people, decades after it was first released.

“When you look back at my life and my career being musical, that’ll be the one song that I’m known for,” Gill said onI Miss…90s Country Radio with Nick Hoffman on Apple Music Country. “And it carries more weight in that people went to that song when they really were hurting, when they’re struggling and going through the hardest part of their life, not the best part of their life. When you lose somebody that you love and you go, you want comfort. You need to feed that melancholy thing that you’re going through. I had no idea I was even going to do any of that.”

Other artists at the recent All for the Hall included Ronnie DunnWade Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Justin Adams and The Swon Brothers, plus a surprise appearance by Shelton’s wife, Gwen Stefani.

“It speaks volumes when an artist of Blake Shelton’s stature supports our museum’s educational programs so wholeheartedly and so generously,” Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said. “We’re immensely grateful not only to Blake but also to Ronnie, Kristin, Wade, the Swon Brothers and others for giving their ‘all for the Hall,’ and for helping us continue to educate our many audiences about the enduring cultural value of country music.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame / Phil Clarkin Photography