Vinnie Ferra

Vinnie Ferra

 Chatsworth, California, USA

Vinnie is an LA based indie folk artist who has toured the US, done SXSW, toured the west twice, the east twice, self-released 2 musical works, opened up for Edward Sharpe & been licensed to 3 different television networks all on his own. Vinnie isn't just a musician he is a professional.


For all intents and purposes, one could easily take a look at Vinnie Ferra – Californian singer/songwriter residing in Los Angeles, rockin both the banjo and the semi-indie, semi-hipster look, perhaps a fan of Fleet Foxes and Edward Sharpe – and dismiss him at first glance as another nothing-special SoCal crooner.

Don’t be someone who makes this mistake.

I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing Vinnie play on the final date of his band’s residency at the Silver Lake Lounge Monday night. The first thing that hit me was the band’s sound – these guys were tight. Again, you might not guess it from looking the crew on stage. The word “Salvation” in lights was set above a mix of sleeveless tees, skinny ties and suspenders, derby tweed caps, black and white dress shoes, and at least one full-bodied, scraggly beard playing everything from electric Rhodes to banjos to violin. But rest assured, they know exactly what they’re doing.

After the richness of the sound and power of the band got my attention, I continued to be drawn in deeper. Vinnie commands the stage with an expressive, though not over-zealous presence and a voice that is both nuanced with emotion and extremely pleasing to the ear, especially his falsetto. And then the list goes on: at the top of which are the great songs – from the self-proclaimed downer “Ghost Town” to the bluesy, visceral “Golden”, and the fact at the whole group is never shy about showing how much fun they’re having.

Vinnie’s music undoubtedly has its roots in blues and folk, but he also calls upon the indie/alternative songwriter vibe and the best aspects of dirty, barn-burning stomp rock. This is a band you want to see play outside a dive bar somewhere in the backwoods while you get drunk from a jug of moonshine whiskey marked XXX and participate in what can only be labeled loosely as “dancing” – probably something resembling an aggressive two-and-a-half-step.

While I wait for them to book that gig though, I’ll just have to satisfy myself with the CD of acoustic songs I picked up at after the set (also available on his site) and keep a diligent look out for where their next show will be.

See you there, I’ll bring the moonshine.



Bad For Business

Written By: Vinnie Ferra

And I walk alone
In this tonight
I look to my right but
No one’s there

I hope that one day soon
You’ll be with me
Wanting and waiting
Never can I see

See, what’s on the other side
Waiting for me, oh me.
Oh be with my heart

No matter how much I want you to stay
It’s a life of solitude that I must pay
The price of an artist
The price of my dreams
Cause me to be so unhappy

Guess I’m not meant to be with you now
But I will wait here for you
I don’t know how

How, how we could just forget
I don’t know now oh now
Now I play instead

A summer built up so high
It was one of the best
That’s the least that I could say
You weren’t like the rest

So please hold me tight
And say we wont fight
Cause our days are numbered
Before you take flight
Flight, oh flight

Before you take flight, oh flight oh
To the other side of town
To the other side of town

I hope that one day soon
I’ll be here for-ever and yours alone
Never to go, go, go
Never to go oh never to go

And there you go
And there you go

Even When I'm With You

Written By: Vinnie Ferra

And Even when I’m with her
Feels like I’m not even here
Cause I believe I’ll never
Feel the way she feels

Girl’s come and go like the sun
And we never know where to run
I know when I see your face
I’m meant to be in this place

The east coast clouds are blocking
You from the stars
And I know your watching
Even when you’re far

And I know you’re walking
With your goals set so high
I’ll be here to catch you
When you try to say goodbye

When you try to say goodbye
When you try to say goodbye oh

And I wont let you leave me
Even if you must
Cause I’ll be there just trust me
To show you why we lust

For the next heart throb
Or maybe the next kiss
Or? While I lay here wishing
You were here for this

You may not know it right now
But it’s why we love
Choose between one or the other
Is what makes us rise above
Makes us rise above
Over clouds and your love

What Makes us rise above, oh, oh, oh, oh


Man vs. Machine - Album - Release July 2010
Three Songs - EP - Release April 2011
New Release - EP - July 2012

Set List

5 - 7 songs Consisting mainly of new songs

Man vs. Machine
Even When I'm With You
Ghost Town
Destroying Me
House on the Hill