PORTLAND – Tickets are on sale for Phil Vassar’s concert with guest Blue Country at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Merrill Auditorium.

Vassar, a contemporary country singer/songwriter, has written hits for BlackHawk (“Postmarked Birmingham”), Collin Raye (“Little Red Rodeo”) and Tim McGraw (“For a Little While”).

In 1999, he was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year.

His self-titled 2000 CD had 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.” Two years ago, he released another CD, “American Child.”

Since then, he’s earned both CMA and ACM award nominations, culminating in his 2002 ACM win for Top New Male Vocalist.

He’s shared stages with the biggest names in country music, including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and Jo Dee Messina.

Tickets, starting at $24, are available at the Merrill Auditorium box office.

To charge by phone, people can call (207)842-0800 or go online at www.PortTix.com.

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