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Phil Vassar leaves Arista for Universal South

Monday, March 5, 2007 – Arista Nashville agreed to release Phil Vassar from his contract, in order for him to sign with newly reorganized Universal Records South.

"Arista's been my record label from the beginning, and it's been an amazing seven years - from 'Carlene' on to last year's 'Greatest Hits' and going number one with 'Last Day of My Life,'" Vassar said in a press release. "I think that as artists change and grow musically, it's important to shake things up on the business side, too. And a career mile marker like the Hits disc just makes the timing feel right to make a fresh start."

"I have admired Mark Wright and his production for years," Vassar said of the head of Universal South. "I am excited to be able to work with Mark both as my label president and my producer. Fletcher Foster (GM of Universal Records South) was one of the people who signed me to Arista. His passion and excitement is contagious."

Wright said, "Phil has written, for himself and others, songs that have shaped the sound of country music as we know it today. His live performance and incredible vocal abilities round out the triple threat it takes to be a superstar. We're very honored that he has chosen to join the Universal Records South team."

There was no indication why Arista would release Vassar from the label after a slew of hits over the years.

Vassar and Wright are recording a new album of original material scheduled for release in 2007.

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Traveling Circus CD review - Traveling Circus
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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
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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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