And rather than racking up tons of mileage on his '96 Dodge Neon — as he's done since 2010, gigging in nearly two dozen states across the country in hopes of finding enough work to sustain himself as a full-time performer — Vin's looking forward to saving a bit of gas money this time around.
Q In addition to your originals, will you be performing any covers at The Young Bean?
A I'm still focusing on "Into the Water" right now and I'll be doing the usual covers that they can expect like my Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, and all my folk and indie covers.
Q Can you explain the premise of your new album?
A It's kind of a little story about my past couple of years. It started when I realized that playing music is what I wanted to do with my life, and I don't need to make much money or need anything fancy; I just want to play my music. So that's how the album starts. It kind of starts with that realization, and the songs are about realizing that. Then there's a couple of songs where I'm leaving home for the first time and it describes that experience. Then it goes into the traveling where I'm really loving what I'm doing. And then there's the return home where you come back and see a lot of familiar things. The memories are kind of there, but things are fading because you've experienced so much new stuff. Then there's the realization that this is just the beginning and there's still a lot further to go; this is just a first step into the water.
Q What's your favorite song on the project?
A "For the Drifters, For the Rogues." The album kind of starts off with me wanting to leave home, wanting to get started with my career. And that song fits right in the middle where I'm traveling and doing what I love. It's kind of the climax of the story.
Q You're currently working a nine-to-five job. What's it going to take for you to become a full-time performer?
A My next step right now is radio. I'm trying to send out my CD to different radio stations. There's a couple of local places. There's a couple of podcasts that are already playing my music in Las Vegas — my friend runs a podcast and is the DJ for a radio station there. But right now I'm trying to send my album out. I want to send it to WXPN (88.5) in Philadelphia. Hopefully I'll get some radio play. And I'm definitely going to start traveling a lot more. I'm going to push it as far as I can.
Q You've traveled quite a bit. How's your car holding up?
A My car, actually, just died on me [laughs]. It's been taking a beating over the years; the fuel pump finally went out on my way from Virginia Beach. This was around the end of November. Actually, the last show I played was at the Young Bean this last November and I haven't had a car since. I've been trying not to book much else until I get a new vehicle, which should be soon.
Q How many miles are on your car?
A It has about 170,000 on it right now. I put at least 60,000 miles on it. I'm going to miss it. I'm definitely going to miss it.