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Phil Vassar enjoys record week, but Strait remains first

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 – Phil Vassar enjoyed his highest-charting studio disc ever as "Prayer of a Common Man" debuted in 10th on the Billboard 200 overall chart with 27,000 units sold. "American Child" debuted at 44 in 2002.

But Vassar was only the third top selling country CD. George Strait was first with "Troubadour" and Taylor Swift second with her self-titled debut. Strait and Swift were 9 and 10 on the Top 200 chart. James Otto was fourth on the country chart with "Sunset Man" and 13 on the top 200. Lady Antebellum dropped to fifth on the chart after debuting in first last week with their self-titled debut. The trio is 16 on the overall chart after debuting in fourth. The charts will be released Thursday.

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Traveling Circus CD review - Traveling Circus
Back in 1999, Phil Vassar was a welcome breath of fresh air for country music. He was a solid songwriter who penned hits for Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw, and as an artist, his energetic, piano-laden songs like Carlene, Last Day of My Life, and Just Another Day in Paradise, cut through the din of guitar-wielding male singers. Now, after a few albums that mostly failed to produce more than one hit single each, Vassar is trying to resurrect his heyday. Circus does have some solid tracks on it, »»»
Prayer of a Common Man CD review - Prayer of a Common Man
This is an ambitious title for country music's fun-loving, upbeat "Piano Man." Conjuring images of a hard-working fellow relying on faith to make it through the hard times, Phil Vassar's fourth album (and label debut) does indeed live up to its name, exploring the themes of the modern-day American - work, love, faith, family, heartbreak in Vassar's most introspective effort yet. Vassar's voice still balances that fine line between smooth, soulful, and rugged, but »»»
Greatest Hits Volume 1 CD review - Greatest Hits Volume 1
Some may consider Phil Vassar mainly a songwriter, but truth be told he brought his show to Nashville's road in search of success as a singer. Somewhere along the way, lavish lyrics and piano man talents were found and fine-tuned. But this collection is the first to contain his versions of hits made famous by others. Although armed with powerful vocals, the music is somewhat of a disappointment, comparatively speaking. Some instrumentation on these "new" tracks seems strangely subdued in spots. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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