Cork based Vinnie's TV is the vehicle for American singer songwriter Wade Lynch. Wade’s journey from Carteret, New Jersey, has brought him to France and the UK before finally settling in Ireland. His family background meant that a career in music was always on the cards. Older siblings played in bands and provided record collections for inspiration. By the time he started writing and performing himself, his knowledge of the music of artists such as Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake was already in place. The first Vinnie's TV EP ʻSt Ouenʼ really showcased the Americana influences that Wade had absorbed growing up. Songs such as ʻGood Place Nowʼ and ʻIdly Byʼ would not sound out of place on albums by the likes of Lucinda Williams.
The Grapes and Ghosts album is the sound of someone stripping away the polish of a Nashville style country sound, and finding a richer, more diverse heart that shows up the melting pot of influences that Wade has come across over the years. Cellos that echo Nick Drake, fluid electric guitar reminiscent of The Grateful Dead and wheezing accordions that bring to mind The Band, are just a few examples of these musical references. These are woven into classic country harmony arrangements of songs blending Americana rock with an Irish traditional flair. The influence of Steinbeck is there as well with songs that tell stories of love, loss, displacement and heartache. It is a dense multifaceted album that showcases a songwriter really hitting his stride.
Featuring a large cast of musicians from Ireland and France, half of Grapes and Ghosts was recorded in Blackwater Studios Cork and the rest at Studio Rigoles Road in Paris, (second home to Vinnie's TV) during short three day bursts. Mixing and overdubbing was done at Blackwater Studios in Cork and the album was produced by Wade Lynch, Vinnie's TV guitarist Jacques Belghit and Duncan Ó Cleirigh from Blackwater Studios.