How much can I say about Phil Vassar? Probably a few volumes worth, but I’ll try my best to keep it relatively brief. We probably all heard of this Lynchburg, Va. native long before we realized who wrote the music we were listening to. Phil wrote “Little Red Rodeo’,” recorded by Colin Raye; “For a Little While,” and “My Next Thirty Years,” recorded by Tim McGraw; and Jo Dee Messina’s “I’m Alright” and “Bye, Bye”. He was named ASCAP’s songwriter of the year in 1999. After years of entertaining in Nashville night clubs, he signed with Arista Records and released his first single, “Carlene”, which made it into the top 5 on Billboard’s chart.
The picture at the top was taken at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, in 2006, and is pretty much the way we see Phil these days. The picture below on the right, is from 2000, and was during the beginning of Phil’s amazing career – I often refer to it as his “pre-Carlene days”. It was taken at the Wal-Mart in Bristol, when Phil was promoting his first CD.
The only tour information I have for Phil right now is two dates at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. Phil will be there on March 28 and 29.
And, here’s one last look at Phil Vassar from The Appalachian Fair in Gray. I’ll see y’all tomorrow – have a great evening! E-mail me, or leave a post here. It’s always good hearing from you.