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cvr stripped down 160Sometimes less is truly more. A great song doesn’t need layers of production to really shine, and Phil Vassar’s stellar new album, Stripped Down, perfectly illustrates that philosophy.

Both in the recording studio and on his latest tour, Vassar has opted to take a more organic approach, and he’s enjoying the journey. “I’m on a stripped down tour. It’s just me and the piano,” Vassar tells Sounds Like Nashville. “I’m doing 24 cities right now in six weeks. I’m playing small theaters and people really like these kind of shows.  It’s about the songs and having conversations. I don’t have a setlist. I just go out there and play songs. It’s really fun.”

Vassar took that same stripped down approach in recording the new album.  “We have a tendency to overproduce things in Nashville because we can and I think it’s gotten so out of control,” he says. “I wanted to do something like Garth did in Las Vegas. It was just about him and the guitar. I wanted to break it down and do that.”


Ryan Baltz- American Songwriter Magazine 


Phil Vassar has made quite a career for himself over the last two decades. A span that boasts 10 singles to hit No. 1 as well as another 26 to move into the Top 40 with artists like Collin Raye, Alan Jackson, and Tim McGraw. He’s also received the honor of being named ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year two years running.

His newest track “Where The End Starts” is the first single off his newest album Stripped Down, featuring hits Vassar has written for other artists, but has now recorded himself for the first time.

For Vassar, the new project is very personal, not only because it covers so many songs he’s written throughout this career for others, but also because he’s been able to share in his lifelong love of songwriting with his daughter Haley by writing new single “Where The End Starts” with her. READ MORE


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Phil Vassar's New CD "Stripped Down" Drops January 17th.
Click here to Pre-order your autographed copy now!

Orders will be shipped around January 17th.

Track Listing:

  1. Postmarked Birmingham
  2. Takes Me Back Again
  3. Where The End Starts (Featuring Haley Vassar)
  4. Perfect World
  5. I Won't Forget You
  6. Lemonade
  7. Polaroid
  8. High School

Chart-topping singer-songwriter Phil Vassar invites television viewers across America inside his wine cellar during his Songs from the Cellar. The weekly series, produced by NashPhil Cellars and The Nice Kids, premieres on the Circle Network this Thursday at 9 pm EST with guest Charles Esten. Episodes will repeat the following Sundays at 4 and 7 pm EST.


Sweep away your September blues with a little holiday dreaming, music fans, because the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert arrived Friday. 

"Just Another Day in Paradise" hitmaker Phil Vassar headlines the nonprofit fundraising event, with Matt Ramsey of Old Dominion, Lonestar, Eddie Montgomery, Craig Wiseman, Jeffrey Steele and more set to appear. 

The show takes place Nov. 25 at the Ryman Auditorium. 

Tickets benefit a local nonprofit that provides roughly 400 underserved Middle Tennessee children a holiday season shopping spree.  

"Christmas 4 Kids is an event that year after year I look forward to participating in," Vassar said in a news release. "I am thrilled to be carrying on this great tradition with some of my dear friends and songwriters. The holidays are a special time, especially for kids, and I love that this organization benefits kids in Middle Tennessee." 

Tickets start at $38.50 before fees and are on sale now at



Following fans' overwhelming demand, Phil Vassar and Lonestar will co-headline a Christmas tour for the second year, announcing the 'Holiday & Hits' tour. The 13-city tour will kick off the first week of December and take the country hitmakers coast to coast (full list of dates available below). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 13 at and Throughout each show, audiences will have the chance to hear Christmas standards as well as the artists' hits, including their original Christmas single "Not So Silent Night."  Prior to this years' tour, Vassar and Lonestar will re-record their single with the help of some friends, donating all the proceeds to the Salvation Army. Lonestar, comprised of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, released their first Christmas album, This Christmas Time, in 2000. The ACM and CMA award-winning group recorded 11 songs for the Dan Huff produced project, which featured new material such as the title track co-written by Sams and the touching “Reason For The Season” co-written by McDonald.  Vassar, who has headlined Christmas tours since 2009, released his first Christmas album, Noel, in 2011. The ten-track collection, co-produced by Vassar and Dane Bryant, showcases four of the ACM award-winning and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year’s original songs, including the humorous “Santa’s Gone Hollywood” and “Big Ol’ Texas Christmas,” a duet with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson. Previously, Vassar and Kellie Pickler headlined a sold-out holiday tour. 

Dec. 4 Angel of the Winds Casino Resort - Arlington, WA
Dec. 5 Admiral Theatre - Bremerton WA
Dec. 6 Chinook Winds Casino Resort - Lincoln City, OR
Dec. 7 Chinook Winds Casino Resort - Lincoln City, OR
Dec. 9 Bankhead Theater, - Livermore CA
Dec. 10 The Cascade Theatre - Redding, CA
Dec. 12 Pikes Peak Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Dec. 13 Isleta Resort & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Dec. 14 Emporia Granada Theatre - Emporia, Kan.
Dec. 15 Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Dec. 19 Oxford Performing Arts Center - Oxford, AL
Dec. 20 Brown County Music Center - Nashville, IN
Dec. 21 Niswonger Performing Arts Center - Van Wert, OH
Dec. 22 Community Center Auditorium - Punxsutawney, PA

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