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Singer Vassar to headline FOP show

by on April 12, 2014 10:54 AM

Looking to have a “Six-Pack Summer” with “Carlene?” How about “Just Another Day in Paradise?”

If these song titles ring any bells for you, chances are you’re familiar with country singer and songwriter Phil Vassar, who is headlining this summer’s 40th annual star-studded Country Music Show on July 20 at the J.S. Mack Community Center grandstands in White Township.

The Indiana County Fraternal Order of Police Rhododendron Lodge 33 is selling tickets for the 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows featuring Vassar and Larry Frick, another Nashville recording sensation. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25 at the door.

Vassar, born and raised in Lynchburg, Va., made his debut on the country music scene in the early 1990s by co-writing singles for several country music artists. He co-wrote “Little Red Rodeo” with Collin Raye, “Right on the Money” with Alan Jackson, “My Next Thirty Years” with Tim McGraw and “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright” with Jo Dee Messina. In 1999 was named Country Songwriter of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

He signed with Arista Nasville as a recording artist and his debut album, “Phil Vassar,” was released in early 2000. The first album resulted in five hit singles. The first was “Carlene” and he followed that through the years with “This is God,” “In a Real Love” and “Last Day of My Life.”

Opening performer Larry Frick is a young singer and songwriter from Louisburg, N.C. He last performed in Indiana on July 2012 for the FOP’s show featuring Tracy Lawrence. Over the past few years, he’s had the honor of opening for Trace Adkins, John Michael Montgomery and Neal McCoy.

He got his start in the music industry while he was still a teenager working at rodeos. A bar owner from Raleigh, N.C., heard him singing and convinced him to head to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

Frick plays his share of bars and honkytonks around the country and has had success with the songs “Outside the Lines,” “Country Girl’s World” and “It’s Raining.”

Through the years, the FOP show has featured a variety of opening acts, many who have gone on the become headliners themselves. Among those are Dierks Bentley, Chely Wright, Little Texas, Restless Heart, Suzy Boggus and Julie Robert.

Tickets for the show are available by calling (724) 349-9114.

Rebecca Singer is a staff writer who handles most of the Gazette's "announcements," from the calendar page to the religion pages, and student news including college and military announcements and student-written School News pages. She lives in White Township with her husband and son.
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