Music Scene: Dec. 14-20
A successful songwriter long before he ever recorded a song, country music star Phil Vassar thinks that every song should evoke something.
The winner of two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Songwriter of the Year trophies, Vassar will perform a live acoustic country Christmas show at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the auditorium at Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St. Country music singer Sarah Darling and country group High Valley also will perform.
According to the “about” link at http://www.philvassar.com, Vassar has written hits for Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”), Tim McGraw (“My Next Thirty Years” and “For A Little While”), Alan Jackson (“She’s Right On The Money”) and Jo Dee Messina (“I’m Alright”).
“Whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation ... you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is ... songs should evoke something,” says Vassar at http://www.philvassar.com.
Vassar launched his own recording label, Rodeowave, in 2011 and in recent months has “debuted some freshly penned songs” and is “dusting off some vintage tunes from the vault,” the website said.
“Known for up-tempo piano numbers that instantly get your foot tapping, like ‘Carlene,’ and ‘Six-Pack Summer,’ and heartstring-tugging devotionals like ‘That’s When I Love You,’ and ‘Just Another Day In Paradise,’ Phil can also dig deep into heartbreak territory, as evidenced by the wrenchingly honest ballad, ‘April Fools’ a song he wrote years ago that’s making its first appearance under the Rodeowave banner,” the website says.
Vassar’s most recent single, titled “Don’t Miss Your Life,” debuted at No. 57 on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart earlier this year.
Concert tickets are $25–$45 and can be purchased at http://www.monumentalevents.com or by calling 800-626-8497.