Phil Vassar Kicks Off "Hitsteria Tour"
"Hitsteria" is spreading across the country as piano-pounding powerhouse Phil Vassar is celebrating 20 years of chart-topping hits by taking them on the road, including video footage spanning two decades that will accompany Vassar on stage as he sings his hits. The "Hitsteria Tour" kicked off to packed audiences in Florida earlier this month, full list of tour dates below.
2019 marks 20 years since the release of Vassar's debut single "Carlene," which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart and No. 45 on Billboard Hot 100. The single was the first release off Vassar's debut, self-titled album and was followed by his first No. 1 hit "Just Another Day in Paradise." Since then Vassar has achieved 10 No. 1 singles, 15 Top 10 hits and 27 Top 40 singles throughout his 20-year solo career. The hitmaker has become known for his passionate, high-energy performance, where no two shows are ever the same.
Vassar has been hard at work in the studio and plans to release new music this spring, spanning from new songs to never released music written 20 years ago. In addition to new music and the tour, Vassar's series "Songs from the Cellar" made its national television debut on PBS. The weekly series airs on Sundays at midnight ET on Michigan's WKAR-HD with additional programming scheduled to rollout over the coming months. As Vassar interacts with fellow artists, songwriters, musicians and entertainers over a mix of wine, beer and cocktails, viewers will enjoy the camaraderie in each episode filled with intimate conversations and incredible musical collaborations. The variety of upcoming guests includes Tommy Shaw (Styx), Brenda Lee, Hunter Hayes, Peter Frampton, CAM and many more.
PHIL VASSAR "HITSTERIA TOUR" DATES: Mar. 01 Joe’s Live - Rosemont, Ill. Mar. 02 8 Seconds Saloon - Indianapolis, Ind. Mar. 08 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn. Mar. 09-10 Meyer Theatre - Green Bay, Wis. Mar. 15 Dallas Bull - Tampa, Fla. Mar. 16 Sugar Festival - Clewiston, Fla. Apr. 11 Tally Ho Theatre - Leesburg, Va. Apr. 12 Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, N.H. Apr. 13 Turning Stone Resort Casino - Verona, N.Y. May 11 Jack Cincinnati Casino - Cincinnati, Ohio Jun. 01 Courtyard Park - Smithville, Mo. Jun. 06 Salem Civic Center - Salem, Ark. Jun. 13 Comstock is Back Festival - Comstock, Neb. Jun. 21 Canal Park - Duluth, Minn. Jun. 29 Country Fest - Cadott, Wis. Jul. 21 Festa Italiana - Milwaukee, Wis. Jul. 27 Marshall County Fair - Moundsville, W.Va. Aug. 02 Tooele County Fair - Tooele, Utah Aug. 03 Santa Fe Station - Las Vegas, Nev. Aug. 09 Mercer County Fair - Celina, Ohio Aug. 10 Tomato Festival - Reynoldsburg, Ohio Aug. 11 Longs Park - Lancaster, Penn. Sept. 01 Calumet County Fair - Chilton, Wis. Oct. 10 The Birchmere - Alexandria, Va. Oct. 11 Rams Head - Annapolis, Md. Oct. 13 Sellersville Theatre - Sellersville, Penn.
ABOUT PHIL VASSAR: Phil Vassar's reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar's songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can.
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