Vassar has released nine critically-acclaimed albums, was the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist, two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year (penning hits for Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood and others), Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, and received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song. Known as one of Nashville’s top songwriters, his songs other artists have taken to #1 include: “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012. For Vassar, his philosophy about songs has never changed during his time spent writing hits for himself and other artists, “It’s important for a song to carry a message and make the listener feel something.” he states.
When not on the road performing for adoring fans, he can be found picking up his two daughters from school and spending the afternoon just being “Dad.” His heart for children extends well beyond his immediate family -- he has performed for several years at a benefit concert for The Miller Home for girls in his hometown. He has also been a featured artist on Charlie Daniels’ annual Christmas 4 Kids concert, and he regularly lends his time, talent and name to organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Second Harvest Food Bank and more.
Opening act Eliot Lewis has a career most musicians could only dream of. Eliot is not only a member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Daryl Hall & John Oates band, but also the original featured musician on “Live From Daryl’s House.” His contributions stand out on some of the best moments from the show including performances with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Train, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Cheap Trick, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and many, many others.
For tickets ($50) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.
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