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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 602527215280
  • Catalog Number: 001312502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Life (3:33)
  2. 2 Lemonade (3:33)
  3. 3 Everywhere I Go (4:17)
  4. 4 John Wayne (4:10)
  5. 5 Tequila Town (4:00)
  6. 6 Bobbi With an I (4:36)
  7. 7 She's On Her Way (3:55)
  8. 8 A Year From Now (4:16)
  9. 9 Save Tonight For Me (3:58)
  10. 10 I Will Remember You (3:55)
  11. 11 Where Have All the Pianos Gone (3:23)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Traveling Circus" is a hit!

    I'm so happy to have new Phil Vassar music to listen to! This is a great CD, and came out just in time for Christmas!

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