Phil Vassar releases new CD
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
– Phil Vassar releases his fifth studio album, "Traveling Circus," today. He produced the album himself and hired his road band to play. His friend and a high school art teacher Jason Erwin painted all of the album art, aspiring videographer fresh out of film school Chris Cella produced the video for Everywhere I Go
and a young and aspiring photographer Wes Aldridge shot the new album photo shoot.
Songs on the CD are:
1. Life (Vassar)
2. Lemonade (Vassar/Charlie Black/Tim Ryan)
3. Everywhere I Go (Vassar/Jeffrey Steele)
4. John Wayne (Vassar/Tom Douglas)
5. Tequila Town (Vassar/Kelly Loveless)
6. Bobbi With An I (Vassar/Craig Wiseman)
7. She's On Her Way (Vassar/Tim Nichols/Jeff Outlaw)
8. A Year From Now (Vassar/Craig Wiseman)
9. Save Tonight For Me (Vassar/Tim Ryan/Julie Wood)
10. I Will Remember You (Vassar/Kenny Chesney)
11. Where Have All The Pianos Gone (Vassar/James Slater)
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