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Phil Vassar coming to MAC
PRESTONSBURG Outback Concerts of Tennessee will present Phil Vassar at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 7 beginning at 8 p.m.

When Phil Vassar strode to the podium in May 2002 to accept his Top New Male Vocalist Award at the 37th Academy of Country Music Awards, one fact was made crystal clear: America has a bona fide career artist on its hands.

As a singer, songwriter and performer, Vassar is, artistically, a triple-threat. He first exploded up the charts and out of America's radios with his self-titled 2000 Arista Nashville debut. That CD yielded the #1 single "Just Another Day in Paradise," as well as Top Ten hits "Carlene," "Rose Bouquet," "Six-Pack Summer," "This Is God," and "That's When I Love You."

Many more folks will soon be joining in on a whole new passel of this man's hits. "American Child" is passionate proof that this charismatic singing piano-man is a solo star in his own right.

It's no surprise that Vassar's main influences are all powerhouse superstars who also wrote and performed their own material. "What I love about the great singer-songwriters is that they lyrically break situations down to the most minute detail, without 'mooning and juning' it to death," he says. "For me it was always Billy Joel, James Taylor, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson...people who wrote about their own lives. From album to album, you knew where they were going. I couldn't wait for the next record to see what they'd been doing for the last year or two."

Industry insiders took note as well. Vassar penned hits for a number of top artists including, Tim McGraw ("For a Little While," "My Next Thirty Years"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money") Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye," "I'm Alright") and Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo").

Tickets for the Phil Vassar concert are $25 and are on sale now. Call toll free 1-888-MAC-ARTS or locally 886-2623.

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