Country music star Phil Vassar rolls into Hoover on May 6 for two shows to close the 2016-2017 season at the Hoover Library Theatre.
But you never know what you’re going to hear when you go to a Vassar concert.
“We never have a set list,” the 52-year-old Vassar said in a phone interview from his home in Nashville. “We never do the same show twice. It’s fun. It’s very impromptu — on the fly.”
He and his band might play some of the Billboard Hot Country No. 1 tunes he wrote and recorded, such as “Just Another Day in Paradise,” or they might pick one of the hit songs he wrote for other artists such as Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye and Alan Jackson.
It could be something from his first self-titled album in 1999 that earned gold certification for shipping more than 500,000 copies, or they might pick a song from one of the seven other albums he has recorded since then.
“The guys don’t know what we’re playing. I don’t know what we’re playing. It keeps it fresh,” Vassar said.
So many shows these days are so choreographed where people do the same songs and even the same head bobs every night, Vassar said. “It almost loses its soul.”
He prefers to fly by the seat of his pants and walk without a net, he said.