Phil Vassar at The Ridgefield Playhouse

One of country’s best songwriters will take the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday night. Phil Vassar, who has penned songs for the likes of Tim McGraw and David Nail, will bring his high energy set to the venue in what is sure to be a night full of family friendly country music. Vassar’s stage presence would make you think he’s still in his youth. He’ll move about the stage, engage the audience, and even interact with those closest to the front. He really is a true showman.

It’s not just his stage presence that makes Phil Vassar one of our favorite artists to watch perform. His songs also play a vital role, and we’re not just talking about the ones his written for other. His original tunes are equally as compelling. He reached the top five on the charts with songs such as “Carlene,” “In a Real Love,” and “Love is a Beautiful Thing” among others. If you’re unfamiliar with Vassar’s music the first thing you should know is that his sound highlights the piano rather than the guitar. It’s something that you don’t hear too often in modern country and that makes it refreshing. We saw Vassar perform back in August at the Woodstock Fair (Photos) and were blown away by his cover of Elton John’s “Piano Man.” He closed his set with the track and performed the opening piano solo himself in what was really the highlight of the night.

So if you’re looking to catch some great country music in the Northeast this weekend head on down to the Ridgefield Playhouse and check out Phil Vassar. Tickets available here.