Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of
Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars. His resume boasts six #1 hits for country artists including
Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and three more as an artist in his own
right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the
Academy of Country Music, Billboard and MusicRow. Now releasing his sixth album, Traveling Circus,
Vassar approaches his uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of
country music from the back-to-basics school of thought.
Phil bypassed traditional Music City session players and hired his road band to play on Traveling Circus.
While the band had played on some of Phil’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1 album, and had become his go-to guys
for demo work, never before had Phil used them for a full album of original material. What’s more, Phil
found that his road band, who contribute so much to the frenetic creative energy of his legendary live
shows, were much better equipped to capture his concert sound than hired session musicians would be.
With his road band, and friends, on board, Vassar had the opportunity to really get lost in the studio. Free
of ticking time clocks, Phil was able to cut several songs, 11 of which ultimately made the album.