Vassar releases CD ahead of schedule
Thursday, November 26, 2009
– Phil Vassar will his next studio album Traveling Circus on Dec. 15, about 2 months ahead of schedule. Vassar's lead single, Everywhere I Go,
is gaining play on country radio.
Vassar produced the 11-song album himself and used his road band. His friend and high school art teacher Jason Erwin painted all of the album art, aspiring videographer fresh out of film school Chris Cella produced the video for the single, and a young photographer, Wes Aldridge, shot the new album photo shoot.
"My life has been one big traveling circus for many years and just felt like this is a perfect title for the release," said Vassar. "I have been all over the country performing and wouldn't want my life to be any other way. This record is, as all have been, a very personal and cathartic experience. I am hoping that this year's stockings get filled with this record. It's been great working with some very young and innovative talents while putting this project together. When we were told of the release date, the team jumped into action and hope we will be engaging our fans and new ones in some very creative ways, so look out."
Songs on the CD are:
1. Life (Phil Vassar)
2. Lemonade (Phil Vassar/Charlie Black/Tim Ryan)
3. Everywhere I Go (Phil Vassar/Jeffrey Steele)
4. John Wayne (Phil Vassar/Tom Douglas)
5. Tequila Town (Phil Vassar/Kelly Loveless)
6. Bobbi With An I (Phil Vassar/Craig Wiseman)
7. She's On Her Way (Phil Vassar/Tim Nichols/Jeff Outlaw)
8. A Year From Now (Phil Vassar/Craig Wiseman)
9. Save Tonight For Me (Phil Vassar/Tim Ryan/Julie Wood)
10. I Will Remember You (Phil Vassar/Kenny Chesney)
11. Where Have All The Pianos Gone (Phil Vassar/James Slater)
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