PULLMAN, Wash. – Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, March 24, for country vocalist Phil Vassar’s May 1 concert on the Washington State University campus. The 7:30 p.m. program presenting the Academy of Country Music Awards’ top new male vocalist for 2002, is planned for Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

All tickets are reserved and will be $28 for the public and $25 for WSU students. Tickets are available at all TicketsWest outlets, including Beasley Coliseum, Cougar Depot in Pullman, the University of Idaho North Information Center and Albertson’s in Lewiston, Idaho. Also on the program will be Coltrain, a local favorite who has performed with acts including Diamond Rio, Martina McBride and Montgomery-Gentry.

Music critics call Vassar a member of an elite group of artists that has combined cut-to-the-heart songwriting with a solo performance charisma that dazzles fans.

As a singer, songwriter and performer, he first moved up the charts and out of America’s radios with his self-titled “2000 Arista Nashville” debut. The CD yielded the No. 1 single “Just Another Day in Paradise,” as well as the Top-10 hits “Carlene,” “Rose Bouquet,” “Six-Pack Summer” and “That’s When I Love You.”

Vassar has earned Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards nominations, culminating in his 2002 ACM win for Top New Male Vocalist. He has shared stages with the biggest names in country music, including Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and Jo Dee Messina.

His many performance awards include American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Country Artist/Songwriter of the Year for 2001, Billboard Magazine’s Top New Country Artist of the Year in 2000, and Music Row magazine’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year for 2000.

Vassar’s songwriting has been similarly honored. In 1999 ASCAP named him Country Songwriter of the Year, and in 1998 he was named Billboard Magazine’s Country Songwriter of the Year and Music Row magazine’s Breakthrough Writer of the Year.