Phil Vassar ready for "a great time" at concert in Lynchburg - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Phil Vassar ready for a great time at concert in Lynchburg

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Country star Phil Vassar is back in his hometown of Lynchburg for a special concert Thursday night.

Vassar comes to Lynchburg every spring to do a benefit show for the Miller Home for Girls, a group home in Lynchburg that provides a safe haven for girls who can't live with their families.  This year, he's bringing country legend Charlie Daniels along for the ride.

The show begins at 7:30 Thursday night at Phase 2 in Lynchburg.  Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased by calling the Miller Home at (434) 845-0241 or by visiting the Miller Home in person (2134 Westerly Drive, Lynchburg, VA).

Vassar sat down with WSLS 10 to talk about the show, coming home, and the new album he's working on.

What's it like to come back home and do a show like this?

"It's great.  We've had so much fun doing these Miller Home benefits.  And I get to come home and see my friends and my family.  This is where I cut my teeth playing music, in Lynchburg and Roanoke.  This is where I grew up.  We get to come home every year and do something great for these girls at the Miller Home.  It's something I've gotten way more out of I think than they do.  But it's beautiful.  It's a beautiful thing."

Why is the Miller Home so important to you?

"I was raised around a bunch of women.  That's it -- my girls, my mom, my grandmother, my dad wasn't around, my sisters -- I'm the only man in my family.  So when I was looking for a charity to come back home to do an event for every year, we started talking about the Miller Home.  So we went over and I said wow, I haven't been to the Miller Home in years.  When I was a kid, my church group used to go and sing to these girls.  So I thought it was a really cool deal.  So we've picked it up and really gotten behind it.  We do our golf tournament in the fall every year now.  Then we do our concert and this year Charlie Daniels is gonna play with me.  So it's really a great time."

Why is this a show you don't want to miss?

"You think about Charlie Daniels donating his time to come to do this -- Charlie and I do a show together every year in Nashville at the Ryman called Christmas for Kids -- so he said man, I'd love to do your show with you this year.  And I thought wow, how cool is that?  So it's gonna be great.  You know how great he is, he's a legend and one of the greatest men I've ever met in my life.  I can't wait to do this show and get there and play.  I've actually got my old bandmates that I used to play with in Lynchburg and all over the place coming in and playing with me too.  It's gonna be fun."

You're working on some new stuff right now.  Are you planning on pulling out any new songs at the show?

"We never know what we're gonna do.  I never have a set list when I go out and play.  But for this show, we'll do probably some new songs and you always gotta do "Just Another Day in Paradise" and some of the big hits.  We're just gonna have a good time, it's always a free-for-all.  And I know Robbin Thompson is gonna get up and play, Steve Bassett is gonna come out and play with us -- it's a bunch of my favorite singers.  It's gonna be a great time."

Speaking of that new stuff, what can you tell us about the new album?

"It's always we write, we record, and then we tour.  So we're in the middle of recording right now and still writing -- and then we'll be touring pretty hard starting in May or June.  I'm excited about this record.  It's the first new studio record I've done in several years so it's a pretty exciting thing.  "Love is Alive" just came out and debuted in the 40's, so we're excited about all of this.  It's a good time."

You've said that you don't feel like you've written your best stuff yet.  What do you mean by that?

"I probably would have to quit if I believed I'd written my best songs.  I think it was always like "you need to save your songs, you need to save your songs" -- and for me, I think a song always finds a home.  I remember all these hits I've had with all of these other singers.  They just were meant to be written for them, I guess.  But I just think everyday I get up, I love going to that sheet of paper that's blank -- and you just never know what you're going to write.  It could be the greatest song you've ever written."

Do you feel with this new album you're getting closer to that?

"I love it, I really do.  I really love what we're doing, the direction the record is going in and we're just having a good time recording it and it's been amazing for the last year and half getting to work on this thing."

Vassar's new single "Love is Alive" is available on iTunes.  You can watch a the official lyric video for the song by clicking on the following link: 



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