I am a long-time Phil Vassar fan. I have photos of Phil that I took at shows dating back to what HE referred to as his “pre-Carlene Days”. I’ve been fortunate to see him many times, and have met him on numerous occasions. It has been quite a while, however, since I was at a Phil Vassar show, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive the following press release this morning.
Phil Vassar is as driven today as he was when he first left his Lynchburg, Virginia home to pursue and realize his dream of making his mark in Country music. Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, Phil was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career. “My Next Thirty Years,” “For a Little While,” (both by Tim McGraw) “She’s Right on the Money,” (Alan Jackson) and “I’m All Right” (Jo Dee Messina) are just a few of the songs he’s penned that other artists have recorded and taken to the top of the charts.
This great Virginia native and almost local artist is coming to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bristol at the Paramount Center on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. “His hit single ‘Love is a Beautiful Thing’ should be a perfect fit being performed from the stage of the Paramount on Valentine’s evening,” said Darlene Cole, Venues Manager for the City of Bristol Tennessee who is partnering with WXBQ Radio, Marsh Regional Blood Bank and WCYB-TV in order to bring the concert to the Paramount.
Vassar’s latest single, “Don’t Miss Your Life,” was written on an airplane, and his inspiration was a retired business man flying to see his family. “He told me about all of the things he had missed while building a business and supporting his family. I realized all of the things I had missed in my kids’ lives. I was looking at pictures of ‘moments’ in the lives of my daughters on iPad and realized I wasn’t in any of them!” For Vassar, his philosophy about songs has never changed during his time spent writing hits for himself and other artists, it’s important for a song to carry a message and make the listener feel something.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 10 A.M. at the Paramount Box Office (423-274-8920), and the Viking Hall Box Office (423-464-4171), or on-line at E-Tix.
Anyone who lives in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia who has never seen this man on stage needs to make a point to be there. He puts on a fantastic show. And, if you’ve never been to the Paramount Theater, you are in for a real treat. The theater is small, seating only about 750 people, and gives the artist an opportunity to sing to each and every one of his audience members. It’s an intimate setting for a great show.
I’ll be back with more in a little while. Hope you are all enjoying your Saturday!