11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Zach Vinson

Zach Vinson (Photo by Runa Creative Co)Photo by Runa Creative Co.

Zach Vinson releases his latest and fourth solo LP, “And Yet,” on April 26. (Hey that’s today!) It features his two recent singles, “Hold My Son” and “Our Love is Whatever.” The former laments a failing America while the latter a failing love. Both are set sonically to Vinson’s lavishly lush synth-pop sound. The new record closes with a great cover of Tom Wait’s “Come on Up to the House” from the fantastic “Mule Variations” LP. Now is this guy cool or what?

Despite the modern sound of the new record, Vinson goes a little old school and has set up The Zach Vinson Hotline (877-310-3516). You can call and hear songs from the new record and get relationship advice, book recommendations or inspirational quotes!

You can see Zach perform an album release show at The High Watt, one of the best rooms in town, on May 15. Show starts at 8pm with Moda Spira opening. Thanks Zach for your 11 answers!


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I was born and raised in Sheboygan, WI. Bounced around for a few years after high school, and then moved here in 2010. Before Nashville I was living in Grand Rapids, MI, and the economy was lousier there than most places. It was time for a fresh start and a better place to make music from.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

My first one would’ve been a cassette, but I couldn’t tell you what it was at this point. Maybe a ska band (which probably tells you exactly how old I am!). I think the most recent purchase would’ve been Over the Rhine’s new album Love and Revelation, digital.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The first one I remember was being in the mosh pit of a punk band called Ghoti Hook as a skinny little middle schooler. Was pretty sure I was going to die, but (spoiler alert!) I didn’t. The last one I was at was a house show featuring a guy named Ben Eisenberger who was coming through from Omaha.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

I’m going to go off the beaten path here and say that Robert’s Western World deserves a star of its own. The honkey tonks have to be represented somewhere on the list, right?

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I’m not a coffee drinker, but you’ll often find me and my two-year-old son sharing a cookie at Dose in Riverside Village on the east side. And my go-to pizza right now is DeSano by the nudie statues on Demonbreun.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

I’d have to give that some more thought. I came out of a Midwest scene that was very DIY, and a lot of my favorite records were recorded nowhere special for very little money. Recording in Nashville is a very different experience, in both good and bad ways.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Can’t beat a late-night pizza. I already mentioned DeSano, but I’m not too picky about my slices.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

That’s tough to narrow down. I’m going to say Erin Rae, Thad Cockrell and Andrew Peterson.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

At some point, we all got into this because we loved music, but I think there are some places that forgot that along the way. So, I’m up for playing any place that is genuinely interested in supporting talented artists rather than acting like the gatekeepers of what’s cool. The High Watt / Mercy Lounge and the 5 Spot are a couple that are doing it right, in my own experience. I also love seeing house shows and other pop-up shows in nontraditional venues.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

Tom Waits. Nashville is full of characters, but he’d be something else.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

My new record, And Yet, is coming out on April 26, and we’re celebrating with an album release show at the High Watt on May 15. After that, I’m doing a month-long residency up in Michigan in June, heading to Germany to play keys for another artist in July, a festival in August, and then aiming to put together a belated album-release tour in the fall.



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