Nashville Music were very fortunate recently to interview the one and only Phil Vassar. Since his debut album in 2000 Phil has been delighting fans across the world with his music, and shows no signs of slowing down. His latest venture is his new TV show Songs from the Cellar on Keep It Country TV (Sky Channel 389 – Friday’s at 9pm). In the show he interviews and sings with various top country music artists from his wine cellar in Nashville, Tennessee.
Let’s get straight on to the interview:
NM – Thanks Phil for finding the time to talk to us here at Nashville Music. So to start right at the beginning, what was it that originally got you in to Country Music?
PV: My grandmother loved music, especially piano based music and loved to listen to Charlie Rich and Floyd Kramer. Additionally, my father was a musician and was always playing – on the road and in the home . He personally loved George Jones, so between the two of them, the house was filled with music.
NM – Who was your biggest inspiration?
PV: I had so many influences, but the strongest were Billy Joel, Elton John, Beatles, and the Eagles to name a few!
NM – We, at Nashville Music and all our readers, really enjoy your new TV series Songs from the Cellar on Sky Channel Keep It Country TV. How did the idea come about?
PV: It really came about organically. I’ve lived in my home for 16-17 years, and I finally turned the storm cellar into a wine cellar last year. I immediately fell in love with the room. It quickly became one of my favorite places to play music and hang out with my friends. While hanging out, I had a thought – how fun would it be to record this and share with fans? And just like that, the idea was born.
NM – Who do you have appearing on the show?
PV: Cam, Old Dominion, Thousand Horses, Hunter Hayes, Reba, Charles Esten, Carrot Top, Mike Tyson and many more to name a few
NM – Who’s your favourite country artists or bands right now?
PV: There are so many great new acts right now, but I especially love Old Dominion, Little Big Town, Thousand Horses, and Brother Osbourne.
NM – What gig would you guys love to be able to rewind time and go perform again and why?
PV: I don’t think you can ever replace the feeling of playing the Opry for the very first time.
NM – Can you remind us when we can see your new show?
PV: Fridays at 9 PM on Keep it Country TV. If you miss it, tune it to their website or songsfromthecellar.com