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Phil Vassar tour to hit Frederick, Md.

November 16, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

FREDERICK, Md. - Early on, while songwriter Phil Vassar was finding success, singer Phil Vassar was struggling to get his voice out there. That's no longer the case.

"You work hard, you get beat, you fall down, you get up - I just had it in my psyche," the country music star said of how he dealt with the initial rejection. "I just never liked people trying to dictate to me what I should do."

Vassar, 42, a native of Lynchburg, Va., is winding down a 155-city tour promoting his most recent album, "Phil Vassar: Greatest Hits." He is set to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

In a recent telephone interview, Vassar said his hits are the ones that record labels in Nashville passed on in the early stages of his 20-year career as a singer-songwriter.

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Vassar said the inspiration for most of his songs comes from experiences and the women in his family.

In the '90s, Vassar was a highly sought-after songwriter. He has written songs for Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Jo Dee Messina. But writing for others wasn't what the self-taught pianist had in mind. His first album was released in 2000, and he already has four to his credit along with one re-released with new tracks.

"I've always written for myself, then others picked it up," said Vassar, who lives in Nashville, Tenn. "I never really intended to be a songwriter for others. I always looked up to singer-songwriters, and it seems their careers last."

As for what's next, Vassar said he's been in the studio laying down tracks for an album set for release in January. He's also working on a Christmas special and has a small role in an upcoming movie, though he said he couldn't go into more detail about the movie.

Samples of Vassar's music are available at his Web site, PhilVassar.com, and on MySpace, MySpace.com/PhilVassar. For more information about the show, visit WeinbergCenter.org or call the box office at 301-228-2828.




If you go ...



WHAT: Phil Vassar in concert

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md.

COST: Tickets cost $25 to $40, plus service charge.

MORE: Visit WeinbergCenter.org or call the box office at 301-228-2828 for ticket information.

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