Traveling Circus

Traveling Circus

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by Phil Vassar
     
 

Building upon of the conceit 2008's Prayer of a Common Man, Phil Vassar offers another conceptual record with its 2009 sequel, Traveling Circus. Again, this isn't a strict concept album as much as a big loose tent that houses songs about "Life" and "Lemonade," Tequila Towns and high school football stars turned transvestites. It reads wilder than itSee more details below

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Building upon of the conceit 2008's Prayer of a Common Man, Phil Vassar offers another conceptual record with its 2009 sequel, Traveling Circus. Again, this isn't a strict concept album as much as a big loose tent that houses songs about "Life" and "Lemonade," Tequila Towns and high school football stars turned transvestites. It reads wilder than it plays because Vassar's default mode is a piano-driven power ballad, a sound that suits his letters to longtime loves and odes to a middle America where "a real man loves his God and mama." Vassar remains best when he's looser, whether he's writing a silly cross-dressing novelty like "Bobbi with an I," or romanticizing the glory days of Piano Men in "Where Have All the Pianos Gone" or even reviving that '70s spirit on "Save Tonight for Me" (a dead ringer for Andrew Gold, apart from the fiddles and banjos), because that's where he displays a genuine personality, one that's a bit goofy and oversized, fitting the Traveling Circus of the album's title. Vassar can lean a little too heavily on placid power ballads to give this a truly carnivalesque kick, but when he does take the time to lay back he's as good as he ever was.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2009
Label:
Universal South
UPC:
0602527215280
catalogNumber:
001312502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Vassar   Primary Artist,Piano
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,6-string bass
Craig Wiseman   Background Vocals
Tim Ryan Rouillier   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Beaird   Banjo
Scott Saunders   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Jason Fitz   Fiddle,Mandolin,Strings
Seth Rausch   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Jeffrey Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Pete Sternberg   Bass
Jason Fausset   Keyboards
Norb Rausch   Hand Clapping
Greg Rausch   Hand Clapping
Blair Minges   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Charlie Black   Composer
Kenny Chesney   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Tim Ryan Rouillier   Composer
Phil Vassar   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
John Netti   Digital Editing
Aaron Chmielewski   Engineer
James T. Slater   Composer
Matthew Barnett   Digital Editing
Natalie Moore   Art Direction
Juliana Cole   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Jason Erwin   Paintings,Cover Art
Jeff Outlaw   Composer

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