COUNTRY fans might pair Phil Vassar’s name with his own chart-topping hits like "Just Another Day in Paradise," "In a Real Love," "Six-Pack Summer," "Carlene," and "That’s When I Love You," but the Lynchburg, Virginia native was deeply established in the Nashville scene way before his 2000 debut.
Vassar started out writing some of the greatest hits of 1990s country, including Collin Raye’s “Little Red Rodeo,” Alan Jackson’s “Right on the Money,” Tim McGraw’s “For a Little While,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye Bye” and “I’m Alright,” and BlackHawk’s “Postmarked Birmingham.” He inked his own deal in 1998, right before he was crowned ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999.
The star released his ninth studio album, American Soul, in 2016, and is even working on a wine-themed show, “Songs from the Cellar,” in which Vassar invites musicians to play and guests—ranging from Carrot Top to Mike Tyson—to join him in his underground wine cellar for conversation and tastings.
Daniel B. Marshall opens the concert at The Stage on Bay.
Friday, May 5, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $20-45 via ticketfly.com, all-ages