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Balloon break: Music Fiesta features Billy Currington, Phil Vassar, the Bus Tapes

Music is a constant in Phil Vassar’s life.

Whether he’s performing or penning a song, music runs deep through his veins.

So it’s no surprise that his coming ventures involve music in one way or another.

This winter, he will join up with fellow country singer Kellie Pickler for a Christmas tour.

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Not to mention his series “Songs From the Cellar,” a wine-infused musical conversation airing across the United States and Europe.

“It’s been a crazy ride for me,” he says in a recent phone interview. “We’ve been in the grind for eight months and it will continue through the end of the year.”

Before the next chapter begins, Vassar will make a stop in Albuquerque to perform as part of Music Fiesta at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Billy Currington and The Bus Tapes will also perform.

Over his two decades as a performer, Vassar has racked up a number of accolades.

He has 26 top 40 singles. Of those 10 have reached the No. 1 position.

Vassar has also written a number of hits for other performers, such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Neal McCoy, Jo Dee Messina and Collin Raye.

Vassar is excited about his show “Songs from the Cellar.”

“Honestly, I have this 100-year-old house. It’s an old antebellum, ‘Gone With the Wind’ type of house,” he says. “It has this storm shelter that was put in in the 1930s. It has a fireplace and a water tank. I thought it was going to be my wine cellar. Then it became the coolest place in the world.”

Vassar says the conversations have been interesting and PBS is looking to pick up the series for broadcast.

As he begins to prepare for his Christmas tour with Pickler, Vassar says the duo recently completed the single “Let’s Get on the Naughty List.”

“We’re trying to figure out a video for it,” he says.

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