Valentine’s Day was the perfect time for Phil Vassar to release “Love is Alive” to country radio. And, to sing it to his audience at The Paramount in Bristol, Tenn. Phil is one of the most personable, energetic performers I have ever seen in concert. His talent is definitely not limited to singing and songwriting. I get as much enjoyment watching him play the piano as I do listening to him sing. This man loves what he does. And, he loves the people he is doing it for.
We all know Phil’s songs. And we all know the songs he wrote that other artists recorded. I love that Phil sings those songs at his shows. As I listened, I realized he could have released “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright” – and I know if he had done those songs instead of Jo Dee Messina they would have still been huge hits. Because they are great songs! “Little Red Rodeo,” made famous by Collin Raye, has that distinct Phil Vassar sound – and is one of the many songs Phil wrote that was made famous by someone else.
The show was about 90 minutes long. He followed that high-energy, constantly moving show with an encore. Then he came out to meet with fans and sign autographs. Keep in mind, all this went on after he had already spent the day touring the Marsh Regional Blood Center bloodmobile, doing interviews for television news crews, visiting with fans, signing autographs, posing for a lot of pictures, and even took a little walk down State Street in Bristol to stop in a local restaurant and grab a bite to eat. It was a very full day for the entertainer. And he still had enough left to give his fans a very special Valentine’s Day show.
There’s not a lot more I can tell you about Phil Vassar. At least not anything you don’t already know. He’s an awesome performer, and he puts on an awesome show. His music is known and loved by country fans everywhere. He isn’t just likeable because he’s a good entertainer – he’s likeable because he’s a good person. And of course, a very talented artist.
Here are a few more pictures taken before, during and after the show. So we’ve got back stage; on stage; in front of the theater – some with fans, some with friends, and some with the media. If any of you haven’t had an opportunity to see Phil in concert, I hope you’ll do that first chance you get. those of you who live anywhere near Bristol, Tenn., and have never been to a show at the Paramount need to make a point to go. It’s a wonderful theater, with a great staff. You won’t enjoy a concert any more no matter where else you might see one!
Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday. It’s snowing here in northeast Tennessee. That does not make me happy. But I better get on with my day! Talk to you all soon!