Phil Vassar To Relive His ‘Good Ole Days’

Posted: September 26, 2013

Country music star Phil Vassar, a Lynchburg native and former James Madison University track member, will return to Wilson Hall at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4. (Photo by Courtesy Photo / Forbes Center for the Performing Arts)
James Madison University alumnus Phil Vassar will return to his old stomping grounds at 8 p.m. Oct. 3-4 with performances in Wilson Hall.  

The Lynchburg native — and former track star for the Dukes — is one of country music’s most prolific singer-songwriters.

He has written songs for some of Nashville’s megastars, including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina. He has also penned many of his own singles, including “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “In a Real Love,” and “The Woman in My Life.”

Earlier this year, he released his latest single, “Love Is Alive,” which charted No. 49 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, his highest ranking since his single, “This is My Life,” reached the same ranking in 2007.

Vassar, who is currently in the midst of a fall tour with his band, says he’s “pumped” about his upcoming two-night concert in front of his home crowd.

“I love coming home,” said the two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. “I’m really excited; there’s so much energy. It reminds me of being back in school — it’s a warm feeling.”

Forbes Center Public Relations Director Jen Kulju says the JMU community can’t wait for Vassar to return.

“We are over-the-moon about Phil returning home to JMU,” she said. “He has played a number of times on campus. In fact, he was our first performance ever at the Forbes Center back in 2010 — he rocked the house. We’re certain he’ll bring the same level of talent, energy and enthusiasm to Wilson Hall.”

Before his performance, Vassar will hold a master’s class for JMU students, discussing the ins and outs of the music business and his songwriting process.

As for what he’s been doing in the industry recently, he says he and his crew are always busy.

“Right now, we’re just working on new records — it’s an ongoing thing,” he said.

Tickets, which range $38-51, can be purchased online at; by phone at (540) 568-7000; in advance at the box office, or at Wilson Hall the night of the event.

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