Phil Vassar Packs in Fans and Hits

Offers Stories Behind Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina Songs He Wrote

One of the first stories Phil Vassar told Sunday (Oct. 23) during his City Winery show in Chicago was about how his daughter Haley’s curiosity had inspired his hit song “American Child.”

She was even in the video, Vassar said, which brought back all the memories of that sweet little blonde 3-year-old in the video.

Then he casually mentioned to the sold-out crowd, “Haley’s 18 now.”

Wait. What? How is that even possible? That 15 years have passed since that song was on the radio. That when he and Craig Wiseman wrote that song, it was only 2002?

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