Country singer-songwriter Phil Vassar headlined the first of two nights of musical entertainment during Grandma's Marathon Weekend. Vassar made a name for himself as a songwriter, penning hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye, and Alan Jackson through the 1990s before launching a singing career of his own through the 2000s.

Vassar's piano-based performance brought the audience through the highlights of his singing catalog, including songs like his debut single "Carlene", "In A Real Love", and "Good Ole Days". Roughly a third of the way into his set, Vassar acknowledged that while he was playing on the first day of Summer, it wasn't they type of summer weather he was used to. A lake breeze brought temperatures into the 50s during his performance, but that didn't keep him from singing his hit "Six-Pack Summer" and heating things up with his sultry "I'll Take That As A Yes".

During his set, he played some of the hits he wrote for other artists. Among those he performed were "Bye, Bye" and "I'm Alright" made famous by Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye's "Little Red Rodeo", and Tim McGraw's hits "For a Little While" and "My Next Thirty Years". He also paid tribute to Prince with a soulful rendition of "Purple Rain", and included some covers of songs like the fitting choice "Piano Man".

Night two for the Grandma's Marathon Entertainment Tents includes Cowboy Mouth, The Voice finalist Chris Kroeze, and Laura Velvet & the Bookhouse Boys.

Phil Vassar at Grandma's Marathon - Photos

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