Sunday was “Just Another Day In Paradise” for country music’s Phil Vassar, who donned a Detroit Tigers T-shirt to play the main stage Sunday at Downtown Hoedown and had high praise for the city and its fans.
“It’s been a great thing, of course, I started out playing up here in Detroit, this is where I first cut my teeth … This is one of the greatest music towns in the world,” he said. “I just love coming back up here and playing.”
Vassar is known for his piano skills — so when did he start playing?
“I’m not some protégé that started when I was a kid or anything, but I did pick it up in high school and I just wanted to play, man, I saw Elton John and Billy Joel and those guys play piano and I said ‘Man, I want to do that.”… We had this beat up old piano we were storing for one of my aunts … I would just go down there, between two-a-days, that’s when I learned how to play piano, between football practices … I would just go down, and I never have ever taken a lesson or anything so I just learned how to play. I picked it up and I love it. Still to this day, man, I love listening to piano players, still to this day, man, it’s hard for me to walk by a piano without jamming on it.”
Vassar’s latest single “Love Is Alive,’ was released in March. He said he has a new album coming out in the fall after a “busy, busy summer.”
Offstage, Vassar recently weighed in on People Magazine’s choices for their ”Most Beautiful People,” issue, saying he would vote for Faith Hill. Tim McGraw may second that.
And the two have something else in common: Vassar, who has written big hits for other country stars, co-wrote several of McGraw’s early hits including “My Next 30 Years.”