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Introducing Phil Vassar's fourth album with the timely "This Is My Life" is indicative of 2008, but will it age well? With lyrics like "They can kiss my price of gas…/ Republican or Democrat/ Well I don't give a damn about that" chances are slim. But who cares? Prayer of a Common Man is full of catchy country pop songs that were tailor made for blue collars trying to make it in red states, and if you identified with Eric Church's 2006 debut Sinners Like Me (or pretty much anything by Travis Tritt or John Mellencamp), chances are this album will strike a few chords with you and yours as well. Vassar waxes automotive adoration on "My Chevrolet" which conjures up Bob Seger sentiment from Bruce Springsteen inspired inflections on a bed of Billy Joel influenced piano pounding. But not all songs fit into patriotic themes. The festive "Why Don't Ya" gets a little Cajun with zydeco accordions and "It's Only Love" dares to put a little of that 1960s Byrds-forged, 12-string guitar jangle in the chorus. The smoky "Baby Rocks" struts between a 1970s ZZ Top boogie and a 1980s Don Henley slickness, making for an overall fun listen.

Customer Reviews

Another great album

Gotta love this guy! His shows are awesome and his songs never dissappoint. He's one of the only artist where I will still buy the whole album because I've never hit a bad song on any of them. Keep em coming Phil!!

Phil's best yet!

Phil Vassar is such a skillful singer/songwriter/musician. Every song but two on the CD were written by Phil himself and really showcase his remarkable talent. Each song was written from the heart and listeners can tell he really lives his songs. Phil should be very proud of this album, as it exhibits some of his best work yet!


Nice NEW album. I love the song Love Is A Beautiful Thing.


Born: May 28, 1964 in Lynchburg, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Contemporary country singer Phil Vassar made his name as a chart-topping songwriter before landing a record deal and becoming a hitmaking artist in his own right. Vassar was born in Lynchburg, VA, and won a track scholarship to James Madison University, where he first began to take music seriously. He moved to Nashville, learned to play piano, and sang his original material in clubs. One club patron and fan brought Vassar's demo tape to his father, crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, and Humperdinck wound...
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