VASS

VASS

 Richmond, Virginia, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Rhythms that don't speed to your liking, but slow you down like a porch swing. Lyrics that make you rewind to think a little deeper. Vocals that haunt like Neil Young and taunt like Hank Williams. VASS is country fried food for thought.

Biography

real. The Va.-based songwriter offers an organic formula that's all his own. He has been described as a "living double entendre," and his lyrics have solicited such critical comments as: "Never take anything this man writes at face value. His work always warrants a second glance - preferably over a glass of whiskey."

The two sided effect of Vass's lyrics figuratively places Bible and whiskey side by side, and may be inspired by a childhood steeped in individualism, yet drowned in Southern Baptist culture. His father, which he describes as a "tough loving man," taught him to embrace a self-made mode of independence. This lifelong philosophy carried over into Vass's songwriting, as he writes and records the majority of his works in private and on a solo basis.

rudimentary, Vass's debut album, includes eleven original tracks, comprised of everything from acoustic guitar, bass and drums, to a vintage Selmer Mark VII saxophone - all played by the songwriter himself. While a modern Gibson L-1 remains his daily axe, he covers an array of musical instruments, predominately on an improvisational basis.

Vass's musical experience spans more than 20 years. After an informal start on piano, he turned to saxophone for his formal training of more than a decade, before settling on guitar. Ultimately it was the jazz genre which led him to place his natural talent before technical training. The result is a remarkably unique and smooth blend of instruments, and an unorthodox style that’s filled with unexpected twists and turns. Vass undoes modern formulas, producing a unique strain of country-infused music.

Lyrics

I Belong

Written By: Drew Vass

Here I am,
Home again.
I thank God I'm a country man.
And for the hand that fed me.
I belong to a family.
Worked his hands,
To the bone.
Never knew when he was comin' home.
But he knew she was where he couldn't be.
She was the backbone of a family.
When times grew hard,
We joined hands.
We all believe in the promise land.
Well I grew up,
And made my stand,
But deep in my heart, I'm a family man.
When times grew hard,
We joined hands.
We all believe in the promise land.
Well I grew up,
And made my stand,
But deep in my heart, I'm a family man.
Well I might roam,
Far, far away.
And my road may be a different way,
But I know home is always there for me,
Because I belong to a family.

Love Is Easy

Written By: Drew Vass

[Acoustic version varies from original lyrics.]

Love,
Love is easy.
When you're livin',
When you're livin' a lie.
Love,
Love is easy.
When you're livin',
When you're livin' a lie.
Oh but love,
Love it breaks,
It breaks your heart.

Love,
Love is easy.
When you're livin',
When you're livin' a lie.
Oh but love,
Love it breaks,
It breaks your heart.

And when the chips all fall down,
And there's no one around,
And you realize,
Oh you realize it was
Just a lie.
Oh but love,
It's a start.

Love,
Love is easy.
When you're livin',
When you're livin' a lie.

Love Starts a Lie

Written By: Drew Vass

[Lyrics and arrangement vary for acoustic version.]

I found a way to your heart.
Might not 've been that straight,
But it got me there anyway.
Who says true love can't start,
In a little white lie?
It got me there anyway.

And I don't know that I lied.
Just told you how I saw it,
Through crazy, love-struck eyes.
Through crazy, love-struck eyes,
Tell me, what is a lie?
But the truth,
In a different way.
Some times it takes a lie,
To get on down to the truth.
And it got me there anyway.
And I don't know that I lied.
Just told you how I saw it,
Through crazy, love-struck eyes.
Through crazy, love-struck eyes,
Tell me, what is a lie?
But the truth,
In a different way.
I found a way to your heart.
Might not 've been that straight,
But it got me there,
Any way.

Swimming In Pairs

Written By: Drew Vass

I finally woke up from this dream,
Where the future was a memory.
And all my hairs were comin' back to me.
And all my affairs with the girl across the street.
I finally walked out on that beach.
I knew a ship would never come for me.
And all that money I stored up in the bank,
And all those memories I never managed to make,
Were gone, on the tides, of time.
We can hold one another,
That's just fine.
But we can't stay together all the time.
If we don't swim alone, we will find,
We're gone, on the tides, of time.
I found a river to set me free.
I let the water rush over me.
And all my sins were runnin' down the stream.
And all those memories, that were never meant to be,
Were gone, on the tides, of time.
We can hold one another,
That's just fine.
But we can't stay together all the time.
If we don't swim alone, we will find,
We're gone, on the tides, of time.
They say that love can set you free.
I guess it helps you swim upstream.

Whats Your Name

Written By: Drew Vass

It's time, for a change.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
It's time, to rearrange.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
You know things can't stay the same,
For you to make it, through that gate.
You and I, we're not the same.
So why must we play that silly game?
Find yourself and have no shame,
Then your life will never be the same.
It's time, for a change.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
It's time, to rearrange.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Can't pick the time, but you can pick the place.
No need to live in a rat race.
You and I, we both have names--
Names not given by the human race.
I found mine, now you find yours.
Come on in, through that open door.
It's time, for a change.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
It's time, to rearrange.
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
When you're ready, take my hand.
We're surely headed for the promise land.
Follow me, we'll make our way.
By the way, what's your name?

Discography

rudimentary (2009)

Set List

[Solo Acoustic:]
Love Starts a Lie
I Belong
What's Your Name
Country Livin'
Love Is Easy
Swimming In Pairs
She Stays