NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi platinum-selling singer/songwriter Phil Vassar is releasing his long-awaited 10th studio album, Stripped Down. The album’s effortless production puts the songs front and center. It features songs written over the past 20 years but never-before recorded and new music, including “This is Where The End Starts”, co- written with daughter, Haley Vassar. American Songwriter premiered the single this week. Vassar’s take on “Postmarked Birmingham,” a hit he wrote for Blackhawk, is also included on the project. Click HERE to download. Numerous hit songwriters collaborated with Vassar on the album including Ross Copperman, John Rich, Don Sampson, and Charlie Black to name a few.
“We’re peeling back the music to the core with this album. It’s how these songs were written and I’m really proud of how it turned out,” shared Vassar. “We all have a tendency to overproduce things sometimes and we really made a conscious effort not to on this album.”
2020 marks an important anniversary for Vassar, 20 years since his first No. 1 single, “Just Another Day in Paradise,” was released. To celebrate, Vassar is embarking on a very intimate, acoustic tour entitled “Stripped Down” (more dates to be added, full list below).
STRIPPED DOWN TRACK LISTING
- Postmarked Birmingham (Phil Vassar, Don Sampson)
- Takes Me Back Again ( Phil Vassar, Jack Tempchin, Lew Garrison)
- Where The End Starts featuring Haley Vassar (Phil Vassar, Haley Vassar)
- Perfect World ( Phil Vassar, Charlie Black)
- I Won’t Forget You (Phil Vassar, Charlie Black)
- Lemonade (Phil Vassar, Charlie Black, Tim Ryan)
- Polaroid (Phil Vassar, John Rich)
- High School (Phil Vassar, Tom Douglas, Ross Copperman)
In addition to a new album and tour, Vassar’s T.V. series Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar has launched on the Circle Network. The weekly series, produced by NashPhil Cellars and The Nice Kids, airs on the Circle Network Thursdays at 9 pm EST. Episodes will repeat the following Sundays at 4 and 7 pm EST. For more information on Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar visit SongsFromTheCellar.com and follow the show Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Click HERE to watch Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar teaser video. Season Two will be available in early summer.
STRIPPED DOWN TOUR DATES:
Jan. 17 Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, N.Y.
Jan. 18 Infinity Hall – Norfolk, Conn.
Jan. 19 Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, R.I.
Jan. 23 Hippodrome Theater – Waco, Texas
Jan. 24 Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas
Jan. 25 Dosey Doe – The Woodlands, Texas
Jan. 26 Texan Theater – Greenville, Texas
Feb. 06 The Attic – Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 07 Lyric Theatre – Stuart, Fla.
Feb. 08 Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, Fla.
Feb. 09 Southwest Florida Event Center – Bonita Springs, Fla.
Feb. 13 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Feb. 14 Humphrey’s Backstage Live – San Diego, Calif.
Feb. 15 Canyon Lake Lodge – Canyon Lake, Calif.
Feb. 16 The MIM – Phoenix, Ariz.
HITSTERIA TOUR DATES:
Mar. 14 Harrington Raceway Casino – Harrington, Del.
Mar. 20 Wagon Wheel – Warsaw, Ind.
Mar. 21 8 Second Saloon – Indianapolis, Ind.
Mar. 22 Tangiers – Akron, Ohio
Mar. 28 Welk Resort Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Apr. 02 Richmond Community College Cole Auditorium – Hamlet, N.C.
Apr. 03 Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 24 Capital Civic Centre – Manitowoc, Wisc.
Jun. 13 Winstock Country Music Festival – Winstead, Minn.
Jul. 03 Greeley Stampede – Greeley, Colo.
Phil Vassar’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of nine albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (My Next Thirty Years, For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999 and 2001. 2019-2020 marks 20 years of hits for Vassar and to celebrate he is hitting the road playing fan-favorite tunes across the country on his “Stripped Down” acoustic tour and accompanies a new album of the same name, available now.