Phil and the band wrapped up a three-stop trip to the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic in the middle of November, starting in the Boston area, heading down for a pair of shows in Annapolis, and then finishing with a Sunday evening performance in Wilmington, Delaware.
If you missed out on the action, here's what went down...
Started the fun off with lunch in Boston on Thursday afternoon..
Then on to the show at the Chevalier Theater in Medford, which included the debut performance of a new song, "The Ballad of Pretty Mae"..
Saturday brought two sold-out shows at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, which made for LOTS of requests, including one for "Amazing Grace"..
The weekend concluded at The World Cafe Live at The Queen in downtown Wilmington..
The weather had the band in the holiday spirit..
THIS WEEK ON TOUR...
Phil and the band are taking a break from touring for the next few weeks preparing for Thanksgiving, however, while they are in Nashville, they will be appearing at a pair of benefit concerts.
Wednesday, November 19: Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN (click here for tickets)
The local event benefits the Heimerdinger Foundation and its Meals to Heal Program.
Monday, November 24: Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN (click here for tickets)
Charlie Daniels Christmas4Kids concert is always one of the highlight events of the year!
December 3-4: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee heading your way this December for back-to-back nights!
December 5: Q&Z Expo Center
Close out the Wisconsin visit with a show up in Ringle.
December 6: Boondocks Pub
Heading back to Springfield, Illinois and Boondocks for an early December show.
January 15: BB King's Blues Club and Grill
NYC we'll be in Manhattan for a Thursday night show!
|(L-R): Nicole Zeller (Senior Publicist, PLA Media), Steve Cook (Bassist, Merchandise), Phil Vassar,Jeff Howard (APA Nashville), Kenny Thurman (Production/Sound) and the CMA EDU Board Members|
With countless hits as a country singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards, this Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, along with his team, was there to answer any questions the students had as well as discuss how they got their job and any tips they had to give the students to achieve the career of their choice.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having Phil Vassar be a part of the CMA EDU program last night at Vanderbilt. Not only is he a hit songwriter and recording artist, but his advice on pursuing a career in the music industry is invaluable. CMA EDU is beyond excited to be working with an artist of his caliber and looks forward to his future involvement with other CMA EDU chapters,” said Tiffany Kerns, Community Outreach Manager for CMA.
Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs including Carlene, Last Day of My Life and American Child and number one hits In A Real Love and the perennial favorite Just Another Day in Paradise.
Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. Known as one of Nashville's top tunesmiths, he has written #1 hits for Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, I’m Alright) and Alan Jackson (Right on the Money). Other chart-topping singles include Tim McGraw (For A Little While, My Next Thirty Years) Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham) and David Nail (The Sound of a Million Dreams), which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.
Vassar made his debut on the country music scene in the late 1990s. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, he was signed to Arista and his self-titled debut album was released in early 2000 which produced five hit singles on the U.S. Billboard country singles chart and was certified gold. He followed it up in 2002 with American Child, Shaken Not Stirred in 2004 and finally Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 in 2006 before he left the label for Universal South Records. His first album for that label, Prayer of a Common Man was released in early 2008. Bye, Bye earned Vassar his first ASCAP award for Country Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 1999. www.PhilVassar.com.
About CMA EDU: “CMA EDU is a campus-based program that gathers college students in celebration of their love for music and gives them an inside look into the music industry. In return, CMA leverages these groups for research, marketing, and promotional use on their respective campuses. For students who are interested in a career in the music or entertainment industry, CMA EDU provides valuable opportunities to explore the field, network with industry professionals, and build a resume through volunteer and project participation." For more information, please visit CMAworld.com