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Editors’ Notes

2009’s Traveling Circus acknowledges some dark clouds hanging above the American horizon. Vassar has long been one of country music’s most adept storytellers, and his skills at lyric portraiture don’t fail him here. Tunes like “Lemonade,” “John Wayne” and “Tequila Town” depict the hard times of everyday folks with an empathetic touch. “A Year from Now” and “Everywhere I Go” probe the depths of lingering heartache, while “She’s On Her Way” sensitively explores the bonds between father and daughter. Brightening the album’s mood is the bouncy, ‘70s-sounding “Save Tonight for Me” and “Bobbi With an I,” a booty-shaking celebration of a burly cross-dresser’s exploits. Vassar veers away from character studies for an excursion through his own past in “Where Have All the Pianos Gone,” an elegant number paying homage to keyboard icons like Billy Joel and Elton John. As before, Vassar maintains a high standard of songwriting craft on Traveling Circus — but more than that, he edges away from his comfort zone to portray the shadows threatening the American Dream.

Customer Reviews

He's Back!!

Phil is back to the days of Just Another Day in Paradise...this album is full of catchy melodies, good songwriting, and a some of his classic piano sound here and there

Underrated song!

Bobbi With an I was played on my hometown radio station and it made number one on their charts for WEEKS this summer. I'm very surprised to see it with such a low popularity here! It's such a great, funny, happy song!

Best Work Of Music Ever Made

This is my favorite cd of his so far! really great! Where Have All The Pianos Gone is so awsome, mentioning fellow piano man Billy Joel, also Elton John and Ray Charles! Must Have!!!

Biography

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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