We apologize about the inconvenience, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to cancel the Numberg show on 28.6.17. Tickets will be refunded to all ticket buyers. We are still doing all our other Germany shows so please come see us at one of our other shows in Germany!
It’s HERE! Classic Rock Magazine premieres the official video for “KNOCK ME OUT” TODAY! Video was directed by famed photographer Danny Clinch.
“John Varvatos and Vintage Trouble!” enthuses Vintage Trouble frontman Ty Taylor. “As a broad stroke, we have always been fans of the indisputable fire that rises when music and fashion collide in the purest and most primitive of ways. What I wear completely effects not only my motion but also my emotion. From the moment we met John a few years back, we had a connection that reminded me of the way artists from different mediums melted into each others vibes during the beatnik period. We had a deep interest in what the other did and immediately joined the mutual admiration club. When we got the call to do the campaign I basically lost my voice cause I hollered for joy and pride so loudly. To say we feel honoured and are grateful is on the tip of the appreciation cherry.”
Hailed by BBC Radio 2 as a “Star in the making”, Britain’s own gunslinger, Laurence Jones, will join VT for all UK dates as their Special Guest.
You can learn more about Laurence here.
Do you have your tickets for the UK yet? Hurry, they are just around the corner! Visit our Tour Page for tickets and more info!
On Varvatos, Ty describes “John is…what do you call it? A curator of amazing, authentic music. And it probably takes him a bit of prying into to have him fall in love with a contemporary band, because he loves these legends, the authentics. And so the fact that he was there praising us, I cried basically. Not even just inside, outside as well. I literally let my guard down and let him know that he was a huge influence on my whole love for the marriage of rock and [fashion].”
Read the full Screamer Magazine article by Richard Rosenthal here.
Photo by Danny Clinch
Europe, we’re coming for you! Lots of dates have been added to our Tour Page for June and July this Summer! We can’t wait to see our European and UK TroubleMakers, and do what else, but cause trouble!
Additional dates to be added.
John Varvatos has tapped the LA-based rhythm & blues band, Vintage Trouble, to appear in his much celebrated music campaign series, bringing their foot-stomping rhythm and infectiously irrepressible mood to electrify the new Spring Campaign in a video featuring their upcoming song “Knock Me Out.” For more than a decade, John Varvatos has collaborated with talented musicians and photographer Danny Clinch to capture both iconic, established artists and introduce new rising talents to create dramatic and memorable still imagery and short films. Vintage Trouble brings the emotional intensity and sophisticated musicianship to prove themselves worthy of following a roster which has included, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper. This new season marks only the second time Clinch has used color photography to bring this powerful series to life. “Wear your inspiration on your sleeve and make it your own. That’s the conversation I’ve been having with friends recently, and Vintage Trouble does
this very well. They’ve got classic style but with a reckless, modern twist. We chose VT because they represent what inspires all of us – energy, freedom and style. And they really bring it! Photographing them was a dream. I love when musicians are willing to participate and contribute something to the shoot. That collaboration takes everything to the next level,” says Clinch.
Using a multiple camera approach, Clinch’s short film documents the band as they arrive for sound check at the historic King’s Theater, which originally opened in 1929 and underwent a major renovation, reopening in 2015. The cameras follow VT whose four members hail from California. Singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson each give fantastic performances that embody the rebellious spirit of the 1960’s from which they draw inspiration and which has such a strong influence on John’s own brand of style. Notes lead singer Ty Taylor, “I have always been a fan of the indisputable fire that rises when music and fashion collide in the purest and most primitive of ways. What I wear completely effects not only my motion, but also my emotion. From the moment we met John a few years back, we had a connection that reminded me of the way artists from different mediums melted into each others vibes during the beatnik period. We had a deep interest in what the other did and immediately found common ground in our mutual respect.”
The video captures the groups high-energy brand of soul and unabashed showmanship in the empty venue as they prep for the night’s gig. According to Stephen Niedzwiecki, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of YARD and longtime Varvatos collaborator, “One can define the word ‘Trouble’ as the ability to stir things up mentally or spiritually. It’s what the John Varvatos brand has been doing for years. This season, we wanted to create content that does exactly that, using a lesser-known household name band and letting their soulful and very explosive performance do the talking. Vintage Trouble is that band. For those who don’t know, they soon will, and crave more.” Like their music, VT style is steeped in the heritage of old school, while managing to be utterly timeless. They are a fitting choice for the latest campaign which features John’s rock ‘n’ roll meets an urban romantic’s vision for Spring/Summer 2017. John Varvatos adds, “Shooting this campaign with my good friends from Vintage Trouble was a special treat. This is a band that gives 200% at every show and this shoot captures their incredible energy, talent, and style. Ty wrote this killer song, Knock Me Out, “ along with these amazing songwriters Omar Tavarez and Federico Vender for our campaign video, and its powerful, poignant, and destined to be a smash hit. Long Live Rock!”
In light of recent events, it is with profound sadness that we have been forced to cancel our performance at the Istanbul Jazz Festival scheduled for July 23. Our thoughts are with the people of Turkey. We hope to return to Istanbul in the future.
Thank you Rolling Stone Australia!
Check out our interview we filmed at the Rolling Stone Magazine offices while in Sydney Australia in March of this year and hear about the songs that shaped our lives!
What songs are on the soundtrack of your life?
The Birthday Family Bash is a FREE Show honoring the life and legacy of the Godfather of Soul. The show will reunite 13 members of the James Brown Band with very special guests Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (FunkYou) and Greg Hester!
Visit JBFAMILYBASH.COM for tickets & more info!
What even is this album? Witchcraft, probably. Magic, certainly. Or maybe science fiction: some kind of timewarped version of the past, come back to tempt us with its lush, alluring sounds. All I know is that ‘1 Hopeful Road’ is a marvel, like listening in on an alternate, retro universe with Vintage Trouble skilfully and confidently blending together r&b, soul, and rock, pouring their own heat and passion into every track and lyric.
There are tunes that are so smooth you feel like they barely touch the ground, like the silky and caressing ‘From My Arms’, and the exquisite ‘Doin’ What You Were Doin’ – a tune that makes the world better whenever I listen to it.
‘1 Hopeful Road’ also contains a good shot of Vintage Trouble’s “live-wired, straight-shootin’, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music” with foot-stomping R&B rockers like ‘Run Like The River’, and ‘Angel City, California’ – “that’s where I found this soul I now call mine“. Or listen to ‘Strike Your Light’ and ‘Another Baby’- tracks that are all heat and fire and raucous joy.
Whether smooth or raucous, Vintage Trouble’s music and lyrics convey all shades of pain and passion, love and despair, hope and hurt. And many tunes here are irresistible gems of musical craftsmanship, like the happiness-inducing ‘My Heart Won’t Fall Again’, or the devastating ‘Another Man’s Words’.vintage_2
Unabashedly retro, yet never derivative, Vintage Trouble have their own thing going on, and it’s easy to understand why they’ve been recruited to open for such bands as The Who and AC/DC. Front-man Ty Taylor’s vocals are amazing – all sweetness and heat and power – and he can amp up the passion and pain just enough to wound you, as well as please you. With Nalle Colt’s effortless skill and power on guitar, and Rick Barrio Dill’s bass and Richard Danielson’s drums rippling beneath it all, this is a finely tuned crew: they get the most from each tune, with just a touch, just a nudge, just a thrust and pull here and there.
Vintage Trouble is a band that can legitimately invoke the name of people like Otis Redding, James Brown, and Tina Turner, and not come off as delusional. To use the band’s own words, they are “turned on by and tuned into the evolutionary period in music and life when there was a razor thin line between Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll”.
While this is a softer, more laidback release than ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’, it has its own kind of magic, keeping me happily spellbound throughout.
Come and watch VT perform acoustically & sign copies of their new album, 1 Hopeful Rd. with our friends at john varvatos who are hosting us at their retail stores in the next several weeks.
Saturday, October 3 | San Francisco
Thursday, October 22 | New York – Bowery
Saturday, October 24 | Boston
Great to back up here in Canada. Our first show was Lee’s Palace in Toronto with a quick drive to Ottawa for our second show at Maverick’s. We Sold Out both shows and we have arrived in Montreal today. We haven’t been back here since The Montreal Jazzfest so we are very excited for tomorrow night’s show at Cafe Campus.
In a few day we entering the US borders again.
Here is the reminding dates of the Swing House Sessions Tour.
Of course also visit www.VintageTrouble.com
* OCTOBER *
10/05 | Varsity Theatre | Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
With the success from our Swing House Acoustic Sessions EP we decided to jump on a final North American Tour – join for the Swing House Sessions Tour!
* SEPTEMBER *
09/19 | Mill Point Park | Hampton, VA – Buy Tickets
* OCTOBER *
10/05 | Varsity Theatre | Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
For more info always visit us at: www.VintageTrouble.com
9 countries, 70+ shows. A brief peek at the Summer of Trouble tour of 2014. A special thanks to TroubleMakers around the globe for partying so hard with us. You all make what we do such a joy. VT
Strike Your Light (feat. Kamilah Marshall) – Single – Buy It Here
We did our first show for Summer Sonic yesterday in Tokyo.
Thank you for all the beautiful support from our Japan TroubleMakers!
After a great day of following press and media we flew to Osaka for another Summer Sonic performance.
See Video from Osaka, japan
Oh and we got a huge US and Canada tour coming up in September. Stay tuned as we have much to tell you. #SwingHouseSessionsTour
Love to you all,
Our Tour Schedule Please Click Here
Vintage Trouble releases The Swing House Acoustic Sessions on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more world wide.
Please check your local digital reseller for Vintage Trouble – The Swing House Acoustic Sessions
Vintage Trouble –
Blues Hand Me Down (acoustic)
Run Outta You (acoustic)
Another Man’s Words
Lo And Behold
On Aug 14, 2014 Vintage Trouble will depart for a tour of Japan.
First date will be the Summer Sonic #SummerSonic festival in Tokyo.
08/16 | Summer Sonic 2014 | Tokyo, Japan – Buy Tickets
QVC Marine Field & Makuhari Messe
08/17 | Summer Sonic 2014 | Osaka, Japan – Buy Tickets
Maishima Summer Sonic Site
for more Vintage Trouble tour dates please visit www.VintageTrouble.com
Summer Of Trouble has come to an end. Every year it just gets better and better. The UK, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, US and Netherlands all in one giant Summer Of Trouble and yes there was a lot of FLYING! So many highlight’s that it will take months to even comprehend what happened. So many new TroubleMakers that we got to know on a personal level. Huge thanks to all the local promoters that worked their asses of to make it the success it turned out to be. Here are pictures from the last 2 nights at Islington Assembly Hall in London. 2 SOLD OUT shows with our dear UK TroubleMakers, what a great end to the tour!
Here is the setlist from the last night July 31, 2014
We just got to London UK after a great tour of Spain. Wow, we can’t thank the Spanish people enough for the support and fire they brought! We got to see this beautiful land from south to the north.
We started the tour in Santiago de Compostela, Festas de Apóstolo
then off to Madrid where we played the legendary El Sol Club ( SOLD OUT ) . We connected with so many new TroubleMakers there that ended up coming to the rest of the shows in Spain.
Next stop was Soria for the Enclave De Agua Festival with a very late show at 3 AM . But we have to give it up for the Soria audience the kept the energy on very high level!
After only a few hours of sleep we got on the road to San Sebastian for the San Sebastian Jazz Festival also called Jazzaldia. We wish we could have stayed longer in this amazing town but Barcelona was calling.
Our last show of the 2014 Spain tour at the legendary Bikini Club. A great ending to fantastic tour. We had TroubleMakers from all of Spain coming joining UK and Italy, Sweden and Finish TM’s. We thank you all for an amazing time and we hope to come back real soon.
photos from FESTIVAL ENCLAVE DE AGUA , Soria Spain.
Here are pictures from the last show at Sala Bikini – Barcelona
Click Here Thank you Desi Estévez for photos!
Photos from El Sol, Madrid, Spain
Click Here Photo credit to Roberto Almendral
Hey, we just landed in Lisbon, Portugal. Beautiful place, only our sound guy Brian has been here before so we are very excited to be here.
We are here for the Super Bock Super Rock Festival
Only staying a few days but we will roam the town as much as we can 🙂 Today is a day off after a lengthy journey from Telluride, CO USA. Puh, 26 hours total. But who cares when you arrive at such beauty as this place, right?
We are truly looking forward to be joining the culture scene and artists from this part of the world. Always good to start the relationship with a festival where we can connect with new souls. So see you tomorrow at Super Bock Super Rock!
We will report shortly about more adventures here in Portugal>
For more touring info always check www.VintageTrouble.com
Day after thoughts 🙂 We are leaving Telluride in an hour. Such a beautiful place and the festival was great! Both shows went really well and the response was of the charts! Hope we can come back soon again.
We just arrived in beautiful Telluride Colorado at an elevation almost 9000 feet. Clear skies and the air feels amazing.
We are joining the NightRide as well with a late night show at the Sheridan Opera House – Join Us
For more tour dates always check www.VintageTrouble.com
We now have The Swing House Sessions EP CD on our website.
1. Lo And Behold
2. Run Outta You (acoustic)
3. Another Man’s Words (acoustic)
4. Never Mine
5. Blues Hand Me Down (acoustic)
Produced and Recorded by Vintage Trouble
Studio engineer Sam Martin
Mixed by Warren Huart
Studio Spitfire Studio
Assisted by Phil Allen and Sam Martin
We had dreamt about coming back to Glastonbury after our 2013 performance as this festival pretty much top em’ all. They offered us to play the highly coveted West Holt stage with BBC TV coverage this year so we were more then exctited. Our chance to perform live on TV for the first time since Later with Jools Holland. Almost as clock work as our intro rolled and we walked on stage some seriously menacing clouds gathered above us and lightning broke out. After only 2 songs ( High Times and Blues Hand Me Down) they decided to evacuate the stage for fear of lightning strikes hitting the top of the stage. Ugh! Power downed we had no other choice then to leave the stage. First we got told the storm would pass in only 5 min and we could start again but after 30 min of thunderous amazon rain our last hopes of taking the stage again got to a halt. Our amazing TroubleMakers kept on thru the rain storm and we couldn’t leave them behind so we did the only thing we could do, performed acoustic in front of the stage.
On our way to Manchester, UK for the Grillstock Festival
for more touring info please visit www.VintageTrouble.com
ALL IMAGES BY: Neil Kitson
Summer of Trouble moved on to Scotland, Edinburgh to be exact. We got an extra day to enjoy this beautiful city in full. Queens’s Hall ended up a beautiful spiritual experience with all the TroubleMakers of the North and many from the South as well. We brought the amazing Cailean Hall-Gardiner playing great bagpipe on Not Alright By Me
and of course Amanda & Will getting one step closer to marriage.
There will always be mile stones in our lives and one we will always remember is our show last night at Sage Gateshead, UK. Our UK tour took us thru Linton Festival up to Newcastle to venue we visited many time Sage Gateshead. One of the most beautiful venues we know.
We supported Brian May from Queen there and sold out the smaller room there in 2013. Last night we filled the Hall A with 1200 TroubleMakers, such a beautiful sight.
Strike Your Light
Lo & Behold
Not Alright By Me ( acoustic )
Never Mine ( acoustic )
You Saved Me ( acoustic )
Blues Hand Me Down ( acoustic )
Run Outta You ( acoustic )
Still & Always Will
Another Man’s Words
Run Like River
Nobody Told Me
Blues Hand Me Down
Read The Journal’s review from the show here.
for more tour dates please visit www.VintageTrouble.com
Alright, we have now entered the UK borders. We started the tour of with the Summer Ball for the York Uni at the York Race course. Got the meet a few of our old and new TroubleMakers. But the real show started last night in Leeds at the Cockpit venue. We sold it out with a completely full house. Nice and sweaty just like we like it. We are here supporting our new EP album The Swing House Sessions so lots of new songs got played last night. We added the acoustic part to our set.
Run Like River
Low Down Dirty Dog
Still And Always will
Lo & behold
Blues Hand Me Down ( acoustic )
Never Mine (acoustic )
Run Outta You ( acoustic )
Another Man’s Words
Pelvis Pusher / Blues Hand me Down
You Better Believe It
Nobody Told Me
Tonight we are headlining the Linton Festival.
For more touring info please visit www.VintageTrouble.com
Resting up out in Salina Kansas overnight journey to Red Rock CO for our support show with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Heard so many beautiful stories about this place , we can’t wait to see hear and feel it.
We had a great trip thru TX visiting Dallas, Austin and Houston. Here’s some great pics from our Austin show at The Belmont in Austin. Pictures by Sandra Dahdah and Kerry Langford
Well, the 2014 Summer of Trouble tour has started. We just got of the stage at Santa Cruz Blues Festival with Chris Isaak, great event! Here is a US tour poster. Also look out Vintage Trouble in Europe, UK, Canada, Japan this summer. See you soon!
VT News: Sadly, the day has come for Vintage Trouble to perform our first show that doesn’t include all 4 members of the band. Rick Barrio Dill will not be performing with us for The Kink FM festival gig. This is new territory for us, and our first instinct was to cancel. But, after conferring with Rick and (literally) our favorite radio station, KINK FM, we decided to “Take lemons and make lemonade,” as Nancy Lee would say. So, our brand of Lemonade tastes like this: Our friend and collaborator, Booker T. Jones, will be joining us in Mr. Dill’s stead. We will surely miss Rick on stage. But we are so very appreciative that the universe has opened us up with a solution. As we hope any and all VT shows entail, the magic of danger shall be in the air on this one. May 24, 2014: a day that will go down in the lore and history of Vintage Trouble.
We are excited to finally roll down the old familiar US roads this year. We are bringing our favorite dJ Soul Selector Tom ‘Papa’ Ray with us to spin soul, blues, rhythm & blues and rock n’ roll! #VintageTrouble
Starting of with a show in Portland with our friends at KINK.FM 101.9 as the run the Waterfront Festival again, this Saturday, May 24 – Click Here for more info
Sunday, May 25 Santa Cruz CA SantaCruz BluesFest. – Read more here
with Jackie Green, Rich Robinson, Chris Isaak
Wednesday, May 28 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre – Read more here
Friday, May 30 Dallas TX Gas Monkey Bar – Read more here
Saturday, May 31 Austin TX The Belmont – Read more here
Sunday, June 1 Houston TX The Continental Club – Read more here
Tuesday, June 3 New Orleans, LA House of Blues – Read more here
Thursday, June 5 Ozark AR Wakarusa Music Festival – Read more here
Saturday, June 7 Morrison CO Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre supporting Big Head Todd And The Monsters – Read more here
for more Vintage Trouble touring info, please visit
On our way to Doheny Blues Festival, beautiful day here in California, gonna check out Gov’t Mule and Keb Mo. We go on at 5:40PM
We are proud to announce we will join the amazing lineup for Glastonbury Festival 2014 it will be part of our UK tour starting:
06/27 | Glastonbury Festival | Pilton, UK
We are back in Tokyo, arrived here last night and got woken up this morning by a serious rumble, an 6.0 M earth quake hit right outside the city and it sure was shaking pretty good. Read more about it here
We are all well and no one got hurt. We are used to some rumble from California
We are ready to join Japan Jam tonight .
Hope to see you there. For more touring dates please see www.VintageTrouble.com
We are super excited to announce our Spain/Portugal Tour – July 2014
17 July, Portugal Meco Super Bock Super Rock
23 July, Spain Santiago Sala CAPITOL
24 July, Spain Madrid Sala El Sol
25 July, Spain Soria Enclave Agua Festival
26 July, Spain San Sebastian Jazzaldia Festival
28 July, Spain Barcelona Sala Bikini
Blue Note Records has signed acclaimed indie rock and soul outfit Vintage Trouble. The Los Angeles-based band will be entering the studio shortly to begin work on its Blue Note debut. Vintage Trouble will also be performing at numerous festivals in the coming months, including Bonnaroo. See below for itinerary.
“It’s so cool to have Vintage Trouble on Blue Note!” said Blue Note Records President Don Was. “I went to see them play at the El Rey Theater a few months ago…there were lines around the block and tickets were sold out based solely on word-of-mouth. They played a two hour show…half of the songs were brand new and totally unfamiliar to the audience…yet the place was rocking from the first notes straight through to the final encore…do you know how hard it is for a new band to pull that off?? It requires tremendous charisma, thundering power, incredible grooves and top notch songwriting…Vintage Trouble has it all going on!”
“We are so excited to be joining a music family that is known for its depth, sincerity, excellence, style, timelessness, and class,” said Vintage Trouble. “Our roots and inspiration are steeped in the musical traditions that Blue Note Records has always cultivated and that are the foundation for American music as we know it today. We could not ask for a better house to share creative endeavors with and we want to thank Don Was and the entire Blue Note family for welcoming us with such open hearts, souls, and minds.”
“From the first time I saw Vintage Trouble I knew that they had something special. They have a soul and an independent spirit that I felt was sorely lacking in the current climate. We’ve implemented and maintained that credo since day one,” observed Vintage Trouble’s manager, Doc McGhee, CEO of McGhee Entertainment Inc. “Now, we are delighted to join forces with Don Was and the Blue Note team who have exemplified that same spirit throughout their musical history. I look forward to working together to take Vintage Trouble to the next level of their career and beyond.”
Vintage Trouble – comprising Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass) – combine badass chops with an unparalleled work ethic. The band got its start playing residencies at Los Angeles area clubs and word-of-mouth soon spread internationally thanks to a devoted group of fans that dubbed themselves “TroubleMakers.” Since self-releasing their debut album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, in 2011, Vintage Trouble has played upwards of 350 shows throughout the US, UK, Europe, Australia and Japan – from intimate venues like Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, CA to big rooms opening for Lenny Kravitz and Joss Stone, from festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury and Rock In Rio to arenas opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, KISS and Bon Jovi.
“Like an M-80 in church, Vintage Trouble lands with a hiss and then blows apart what’s come to define modern soul, blues and rock,” observed Paste Magazine while Yahoo! Music said, “imagine James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin and you’ll get an idea of Vintage Trouble’s muscular, in the pocket sound.” “Like Otis Redding, Vintage Trouble makes music that is a little bit of everything…you can slow dance, groove, rock and let it all go,” noted The New York Times.
VINTAGE TROUBLE – UPCOMING TOUR DATES
3/29 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Vive Latino Festival
5/2 – Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers
5/18 – Dana Point, CA @ Doheny Blues Festival
5/25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Blues Festival
6/5 – Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Music Festival
6/7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (supporting Big Head Todd and the Monsters)
6/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/20 – Leeds, UK @ The Cockpit
6/21 – Herefordshire, UK @ Linton Festival
6/22 – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage
6/24 – Edinburgh, UK @ Queen’s Hall
6/26 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol Bierkeller
6/28 – Manchester, UK @ Grillstock Manchester Festival
7/17 – Meco, Portugal @ Super Bock Super Rock
7/20 – Berne, Switzerland @ Gurten Festival
7/23 – Santiago, Spain @ Capitol
7/24 – Madrid, Spain @ El Sol
7/25 – Soria, Spain @ Enclave De Agua Festival
7/26 – San Sebastian, Spain @ Heineken Jazzaldia Festival
7/28 – Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini Club
7/30 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall SOLD OUT
7/31 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
9/14 – Danville, IL @ Phases of the Moon Festival
Exerpt from the new Mojo magazine interview with Prince:
“People don’t understand real musicians anymore.”
In advance of his UK invasion, Prince invited MOJO’s Will Hodgkinson to his secret Caribbean lair, subjected him to a weird vetting procedure before waxing surprisingly candid in an early-hours interview that included an exclusive premiere of his latest album, PLECTRUM ELECTRUM.
On the state of the music industry…
“People don’t understand real musicians anymore. Jack White is great, he’s the real thing, but he isn’t having hits. Why aren’t Vintage Trouble or Lianne La Havas having hits?”
Vintage Trouble will join the SXSW party in Austin TX
March 8 – 13, 2014
Saturday, March 8 11PM Empire Automotive Services, 604 East 7th St, Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 11 10pm @ Empire Automotive Services, 604 East 7th St, Austin, TX
Wednesday, March 12 6PM @ Clive Bar, 609 Davis Street, Austin TX
– more info about this event
…stay tuned for more updates
Vintage Trouble announces UK & Europe dates for 2014
For full touring program please visit www.VintageTrouble.com
* JUNE *
* JULY *
…more dates coming soon
Hope you had a good start to the year! We sure did, and we are ready to hit the road soon. The Honda commercial connected us with a lot of new TroubleMakers and we cant wait to see you all. In case you missed it, check it out here.
We released a new single Strike Your Light. It’s only available online right now, but have patience, as we will put it out on vinyl as well. You can find it on www.VintageTrouble.com, iTunes and Amazon. We really hope you like it.
We had the honor to be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for the 4th time! It aired this past week. Here we are performing the single Strike Your Light.
New tour dates are added on a daily basis now, so please check for cities near you! See Vintage Trouble tour dates here
We have added some cool things to our online store. Check out our new Vintage Trouble messenger bag and new live poster with a photo by our own Adam Kennedy. Also new, check out the music page as we added a download section with new and rare recordings coming soon.
We SO appreciate your love and support and please know, we could never have done all this without YOU! So, stay in touch and we will make this a year of music and joy!
Vintage Trouble will join KISS for the www.MendingKids.org Charity at House of Blues, Los Angeles CA Friday Feb 14, 2014
Vintage Trouble will join Robert Cray and many others at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival , Florida Saturday Feb 15
Vintage Trouble announces more dates on www.VintageTrouble.com
* FEBRUARY *
02/14 | Mending Kids.org / House of Blues | Los Angeles, CA
02/15 | Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival | Clearwater, FL
* MARCH *
03/29 | Vive Latino Festival | Mexico City, Mexico
* MAY *
05/18 | Doheny Blues Festival | Dana Point, CA
* JUNE *
06/05 | Wakarusa Music Festival | Ozark, AR
06/07 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO
06/21 | Linton Festival | Herefordshire, UK
06/22 | The Sage | Gateshead, UK
06/24 | Queen’s Hall | Edinburgh, UK
06/26 | Bristol Bierkeller | Bristol, UK
06/28 | Grillstock Manchester Festival | Manchester, UK
* JULY *
07/20 | Gurten Festival | Berne, Switzerland
07/30 | Islington Assembley Hall | London, UK
To say that we are so thankful to Jay Leno and The Tonight Show folks for supporting and showcasing us this fourth time (three within a year) would be the grandest of understatements. We all grew up watching The Tonight Show and dreaming of one day getting the honor of hopping in on their legendary tube space. Being an independent band without much radio and mega news awareness, we understand their must be some honest mutual respect and adoration going on with us and them, and that is wildly empowering and igniting for us. We humbly and earnestly say, “We are wholeheartedly grateful for their time, friendship and light.” We dedicate our “Strike Your Light” to them. – Vintage Trouble
Vintage Trouble – Love With Me – recorded live at UCLA Studios, by David McKenna, 2011
Watch Vintage Trouble’s sexy new video ‘Jezzebella’ — EXCLUSIVE
Want to know some background info about the video?
We are back on the road again. First stop is the ACL Festival in Austin. We played the first of 2 dates there. The first show went off with a smash and we received 2 great reviews so far. The first one from Austin360.com , read what they said here.
Here is the second one from Austin Chronicle read it here.
Patrice Pike joined us for ‘Not Alright By Me’ singing her heart out. Thanks Patrice, we love you!
Our tour continues with another ACL date this Saturday, October 12, 5:45PM at the Venture Stage. Later the same night Vintage Trouble at the Continental Club
BIG THANKS TO OUR TroubleMakers for the amazing support and love!
TROUBLEMAKERS: everything aside, this victory belongs to you. Please take pride in its ownership. And please know that as you root for us, so too do we root for you. As a whole we think of you everyday as you’ve become woven into the fabric of this journey—our journey, together. Perhaps we are but a button pressed upon the jukebox of your ambling hearts. But please know that you ARE our heart. This community, this Troubland, has far exceeded what these four musicians could have ever dreamed up in our rock n’ roll rouse. You TroubleMakers will live as legend in this VT story. And once again you have demonstrated that your collective voice is singular and thus very powerful. It has reached @Ryan Seacrest’s camp and that is a huge feat! Really. What they decide to do about it is yet to be seen. But the true triumph here is the way TroubleMakers have come together, once again, to stand for something. We hope that something is to bring our brand of Soul to the airwaves. So stand tall TroubleMakers. No matter what comes of this it is a huge victory, and that victory is yours! Cheers
hey guys we are currently on tour in UK/Europe, having a blast!
Just finished 1 of 2 shows at the 02 Arena in London with The Who. Such an honor for us the sharing the stage with these legends.
Finally, here is the release of our new video for ‘Pelvis Pusher’ , shot and directed by Jason Ensler.
make sure to check our website www.Vintagetrouble.com for current tour dates!
Much LOVE !
After 9 amazing days in Japan, we are back for short US tour before heading over to UK to start the tour with The Who.
We are starting off in Denver, here are the dates.
05/25 | Denver Day of Rock | Denver, CO
1616 Seventeenth Street, Suite 462 | Denver, CO 80202
05/27 | Playing With Fire | Council Bluffs, Iowa
Free show with Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings
05/30 | The Prophet Bar | Dallas, TX
2548 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75226
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05/31 | Sam’s Burger Joint | San Antonio, TX
330 E Grayson St San Antonio, TX 7821
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06/01 | Free Press Summer Festival | Houston, TX
– SOLD OUT
After a week worth of shows in japan, it could not have been a better last show then VT headlining at the Greenroom Festival in Yokohama.
Big thanks to our lovely Japan TroubleMakers! So much love!
Vintage Trouble Newsletter May 2013
As we launch into our US Bomb Shelter Tour II, we thought it would be good to catch everyone up on our recent past and some notable things we have coming up.
So, after having a thrilling second year at South By South West music conference (SXSW), Yahoo! Music was kind enough to rank us #2 in their top 4 moments of the entire weekend and straight from Austin, we headed to NPR’s Mountain Stage live radio show in Morgantown, West Virginia. Since our last newsletter, Nalle has graced the cover and pages of Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazine, Vic Firth drum sticks has launched a Richard Danielson signature line and Rick has become a poster boy for Aguilar bass amps. Shure Microphones is also endorsing Vintage Trouble for all onstage microphones.
Back to road stories…this Spring has already found us opening for The Dave Matthew’s Band. What giving, warm soul he is. Following the show, we were asked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for the second time in 3 months, where we performed “Pelvis Pusher”. Side note – While backstage at The Tonight Show, Doc McGhee called to tell us that we have been offered to open for legendary band The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in London. One more note about the Tonight Show, we were all suited by male fashion designer/icon John Varvatos, and a few days after, Mr. Varvatos invited us to play at the 5th Anniversary of his New York City Bowery store that was once the famous CBGB’s rock and roll club. After this performance, we played the Fender pre-show for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. Fender has been so nice to us by gifting us instruments to enhance our sound. The next morning, we woke and headed to CBS Radio in Manhattan, who invited us in-studio for radio and television interviews.
That leads us to Coachella 2013. This music party in the desert felt like the sexiest of heavens. We made so many new music friends and everyone one from the stage crew, to the fans, to the reviewers, could not have been any kinder and welcoming. It felt good to be a local California band representing all of our music family from home. And this just in, soul giant Booker T. Jones has a new album coming out on June 25 called “Sound The Alarm”. This record will be his first album since rejoining Stax Records and Vintage Trouble had the honor or writing and recording a track on the album called “Your Love Is No Love.” Being in-studio with Booker was far beyond a dream. He is humble, smart, focused, calming, inspiring and so real that it hurts.
On the near horizon is Japan. This May, we are thrilled to be returning to the country that debuted our album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, at #4. This time we will get to hit more of the major cities. In June/July we will be re-joining The Who for their United Kingdom/European leg of the Quadrophenia Tour. We were also invited to perform at Glastonbury Music Festival in England. ….And did we mention WE ARE OPENING FOR THE ROLLING STONES?!?!
Here are the dates for our current US tour
April 28 • Mercy Lounge • Nashville TN
April 30 • The Local 662 • St Petersburg FL
May 01 • The Social • Orlando FL
May 03 • Road To Hangout • Orange Beach AL
May 04 • Shaky Knees Festival • Atlanta GA
May 05 • Beale Street Music Festival • Memphis TN
May 10 • Bottle Rock Festival • Napa Valley CA
May 25 • Denver Day of Rock • Denver CO
May 27 • Playing With Fire • Council Bluffs Iowa
May 29 • The Vanguard • Tulsa OK
May 30 • The Prophet Bar • Dallas TX
May 31 • Sam’s Burger Joint • San Antonio TX
June 01 • Free Press Summer Festival • Houston TX
All details for the info mentioned above can be found on our site. www.VintageTrouble.com
The Rolling Stones with support Vintage Trouble, Hyde Park July 13th, 2013
Leno performance now on YouTube
Coachella Music Festival 13-20 April, Indio CA
See more info about Coachella
04/26 | Blind Tiger | Greensboro, NC
04/27 | Sky City | Augusta, GA
04/28 | Mercy Lounge | Nashville, TN
04/30 | The Local 662 | St Petersburg, FL
05/01 | The Social | Orlando, FL
05/04 | Shaky Knees Festival | Atlanta, GA
05/05 | Beale Street Music Festival | Memphis, TN
Much Love – Vintage Trouble
Vintage Trouble, excited to be part of SXSW 2013!
We are flying in to Austin tomorrow morning! See the show dates here
03/14 | SXSW – HYPE Sony @ Hangar | Austin, TX|
8:00 PM SHOWTIME
03/15 | SXSW – Doritos Vending Machine | Austin, TX
11:00 PM SHOWTIME
03/16 | SXSW – Live Nation Labs @ Belmont | Austin, TX
5:15 PM SHOWTIME
Always visit www.VintageTrouble.com for more info!
“Last night at the Highline Ballroom in New York, Vintage Trouble performed as headliners. The crowd, more than respectable for a chilly Monday night, seemed to know every song, including new material the band is fine-tuning, and they responded to Taylor’s exhortations and yowls reminiscent of the kind Brown, Joe Tex and Wilson Pickett once unleashed.
What separates VT from a copycat soul revue is its muscle: Colt deploys a Jimmy Page-like crunch on guitar and Dill opens up his sound when Colt solos, thus keeping the mid-range alive. Danielson played several unusual patterns that gave added life to music that included several blues numbers, some swamp rock and an old-fashioned stroll. What Taylor described as “wild, dirty energy” worked as well in New York as it had in London and L.A.” Read more…
reposted from SoulTrain.com
Remember back in the day, in the golden era of MTV, when the venerable cable network actually programmed music videos? The band Twisted Sister’s anthem “I Wanna Rock” was in heavy rotation, the video a standout amongst the other now-iconic clips from the 80s all because of one pivotal moment: A rather sadistic teacher bursts into a most outrageous rant in the classroom and demands of one student, with an overdose of drama and quivering upper lip, “What do you wanna do with your life?!?!?” The mullet-coiffed kid (who looks like the prototype for Family Guy’s Chris Griffin), unphased by his spaz-tastic teacher, replies calmly, “I wanna rock,” and with that, a blaring guitar riff blasts Mr. “I Am in Command” through the roof of the classroom. (Interesting note, this same scene plays out with the teacher as a father, posing the same question to and receiving the same response from his son, in the band’s video “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”)
In my modern re-imagining of this epic showdown, it isn’t Twisted Sister who suddenly appear in the classroom, all dazzling with schmeared make-up and gigantic 80s hair, but rather the deceptively demure but provocatively raucous outfit, Vintage Trouble. Dressed like perfect gentlemen, they look like the kinds of fellas who are going to gingerly take the stage, strum a few lovely bars, and deliver sweet melodies about how much they love some girl named Donna. But as soon as the music starts, the guys launch into some of the most in-your-face, grimy, gritty grooves this side of a juke joint. Vintage Trouble’s finely crafted tunes are not only sonically masterful, but they mingle just enough naughty to keep it sexy and a sense of humor that keeps it fun.
Hailing from Los Angeles and fully committed to bringing audiences across the globe all of the sweaty, pelvic-thrusting, root chakra-stimulating energy they can stand, the four-piece–consisting of Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass)–is the present-day embodiment of throwback soul, rock, and R&B, from a time when the lines between these genres were far less distinct and no one seemed to mind one little bit. Their critically-acclaimed premier offering, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, debuted in the spring of 2012 and has, along with their Earth-shaking live performances, positioned the band at the epicenter of one massive soul quake. Pulling from forebears such as Otis Redding, Ike & Tina, and Sam & Dave, and citing greats such as The Rolling Stones, Prince, and The Beatles as sources of inspiration, Vintage Trouble lets you know off jump that they didn’t come to glide gently and inconspicuously into your consciousness. They came to rock, and rock, they do.
For this first Artist to Artist installment of 2013, SoulTrain.com presents Vintage Trouble.
SoulTrain.com: Who is Vintage Trouble, and how did this band come to be?
Ty: Vintage Trouble is me, Richard, Rick, and Nalle. Nalle and I knew each other awhile ago–we were in another band but it wasn’t feeling grounded enough. We knew Rick from a recording session we’d done, and we knew Richard because I used to do a late night jam up in Laurel Canyon. The first time we met he was like, “Let’s get together.” As soon as we were all free to do this, we got together in a room and from the first downbeat, we knew it was meant to be.
SoulTrain.com: Tell us, where does the name Vintage Trouble come from?
Ty: I was in the airport one day with my friend Debbie, and we were talking about my dad. At the same time, Nalle and I were writing the riffs and ideas for [what would become] “Blues Hand Me Down.” So Debbie was asking me about my dad and I said, “He was vintage trouble,” and then I put that into the lyric of the song. The song ends, “I come from vintage trouble/but look out if I’m the one you found.” So kind of, without trying to, we gave ourselves a name.
SoulTrain.com: You guys have amazing chemistry on stage. When you first began playing together, did you immediately click, or did it take some time to get into a groove?
Nalle: The whole thing with Vintage Trouble originally was just to gather the guys and just let it go. We all come from the same backgrounds as far as music and we connected really well. It came so organically–the style of music–we didn’t think much about it. And our thing right away was to get out and play live as soon as possible. We basically just rehearsed for a few days, booked a show, and said, ‘Let’s play!’ You change so much as a band when you start interacting with an audience, and that was really important to us. We started booking a lot of shows in Los Angeles, because we couldn’t afford to travel anywhere else. So we stayed in LA and did a lot of residencies for almost a year, playing five nights a week.
Richard: We kind of knew what was happening after the very first song was over. Things were happening so fast, we went out and played shows right away. We also recorded our first record, which wasn’t even supposed to be a record–we went into the studio to demo some songs we had come up with, and that turned into The Bomb Shelter Sessions. It looks like things happened very quickly for us, but it wasn’t for lack of putting in the time. We did ten times the amount of work in a short amount of time.
SoulTrain.com: Each of you is an essential element in this band–not just because of the specific instruments you play, but also because of the distinct personalities each of you exudes. How do you keep it from becoming too disjointed, while maintaining that individuality?
Rick: Our manager came up with the idea that we should make it like a pie throw [laughs]! One of the beautiful things early on was a main credo we were going by, basically to devolve and be the simplest part of who we are and who we wanted to be individually. We had a collective vision in terms of the style of music, because inherently there is a strong chemistry that’s already there between the four of us. We’re very fortunate to have found each other. On the big picture, the band philosophy is kind of the same, but individually we’re also constantly working on being our best, stripped-down, devolved selves.
Richard: We’re only four guys, so as far as ego, we’ve already done all that. We started this band trying not to make those same mistakes, and being four guys we really have to rely and depend on each other. We only have one guitar player, and a drummer, and a bass player, and a singer–there is nobody else. The parts we’re playing carry a lot of weight; Nalle might have to play horns when he plays guitar, Rick might have to take organ and I have to take percussion. Ty is the singer and he’s got a lot of real estate to fill. We really need each other, so there’s no room for ego in this band. It would disintegrate very quickly, and we all realize that.
SoulTrain.com: What about your look? It’s tight, polished, and harkens back to earlier times.
Richard: The music that we love is more of an era of music–late 50s, early 60s, old soul and R&B, rock n roll. Our heroes would put on suits to go to work, and that’s what we were looking at. From that it just kind of evolved–we love art and old films, we pick up ideas from all kinds of places. Also, we’re four individuals, so there’s going to be four individual feels and styles and tastes. We don’t try to over-think it; we just try to let it be what it is.
SoulTrain.com: Let’s switch gears just a bit. Can each of you tell us the very first record you ever bought?
Nalle: My first record was Jimi Hendrix jamming with Curtis Knight. Great album! I might have been six or seven years old, I think, and I basically burned that album because I played it so much!
Rick: I’m pretty sure it was Van Halen, “And the Cradle Will Rock” [from The Women and Children First].
Nalle: Rick brings the hard rock into the band [laughs]!
Ty: Mine was Carole King’s Tapestry. I got it from Brown and Sons Barber Shop, which also sold records.
Richard: The first record I actually remember buying was Van Halen, Fair Warning. Super early 80s–I was probably 12.
SoulTrain.com: Every band has nightmare gig stories. Is there one that stands out in your minds as the absolute worst gig you ever played?
Ty: The night before the story I’m about to tell you, we’d played in Japan. Our album had been released and was #4 in Japan–we were playing for 1,000 people. We get on the plane and fly to Anchorage, AK. Here’s where my story begins…We were booked at a university, playing in the middle of a field. Everyone’s running to get to their classes–no one’s stopping to watch a band! So we go from having the masses watching us in Japan, to people walking past us and not even looking toward the stage!
Richard: I was at that same show [laughs], and it turned out to be a really good show. And we met a reindeer that day!
Rick: My most interesting gig was at a nudist colony. There are things you don’t want to see at a gig like that, but it was definitely an adventure!
SoulTrain.com: Rick, did you know you were playing at a nudist colony before you accepted the gig, or was it a surprise?
Rick: It was a Halloween concert and it was a three-piece band. We knew [it was a nudist colony], but we didn’t have to be naked. It was fun.
SoulTrain.com: What’s next for Vintage Trouble?
Nalle: We’ve released two new songs on iTunes and Amazon as digital downloads. We also have a documentary coming out, called 80 Shows in 100 Days. We shot that when we were touring in Europe.
SoulTrain.com: We’d love for each of you to share your personal musical influences with our SoulTrain.com audience.
Ty: When you look back it’s great to see people like Jody Watley dancing in the crowd. I used to love the Scramble Board!
Richard: I actually got the chance to do an episode of Soul Train with the band Calloway (“I Wanna Be Rich”), so I got to be on the set and be a part of history. It was “mock rock”–we didn’t actually play live. I knew even then at a young age, there was history there. I soaked it in. It was a good moment.
Rick: I remember looking forward to Soul Train all the time. One of my first vivid memories was Rick James and those boots! He was such the mack!
SoulTrain.com: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Richard: We’ve been on a mission to expose this style of music to [SoulTrain.com’s] demographic, so thanks so much for coming to us!
Ty: We have a really great community of people who follow us–they’ve labeled themselves TroubleMakers. We welcome one and all to join this dynamite community of people, where new friendships are made everyday, love affairs, lust affairs, new bands being formed–a bunch of like-minded and cool people. Come find us!
Get some Vintage Trouble in your life! Stay up to date with their live performances and music releases on vintagetrouble.com, get up with them on Facebook, and follow the fellas on Twitter @VintageTrouble.
–Rhonda Nicole, Proud TroubleMaker!
Rhonda Nicole is an independent singer/songwriter, lovin’ and livin’ in Oakland, CA, currently performing with San Francisco-based soul band Midtown Social. Download her EP “Nuda Veritas” on CDBaby and iTunes, check her out on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @wildhoneyrock.
Vintage Trouble performed a LIVE acoustic set this morning for WCBE 90.5 FM NPR Ohio
03/04 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY
431 W. 16th Street New York, NY 10011
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03/09 | Nether Bar | Minneapolis, MN
111 5th Street North Minneapolis, MN 55403
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THE WHO QUADROPHENIA AND MORE EUROPEAN TOUR 2013
June 8th Dublin: The O2
June 10th Belfast: Odyssey
June 12th Glasgow: SECC
June 15th London: The O2
June 16th London: The O2
June 18th Sheffield: Motorpoint Arena
June 20th Newcastle: Metro Arena
June 23rd Manchester: Arena
June 25th Cardiff: Motorpoint Arena
June 28th Birmingham: LG Arena
June 30th Liverpool: Echo Arena
July 3rd Paris: Bercy
July 5th Amsterdam: Ziggo Dome
Please visit www.VintageTrouble.com for more info
Vintage Trouble will continue their US tour after The Who with headlining shows thru February and March of 2013
* FEBRUARY *
02/28 | Fête | Providence, RI
103 Dike St. Providence, RI 02909
* MARCH *
03/04 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY
431 W. 16th Street New York, NY 10011
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03/09 | Nether Bar | Minneapolis, MN
111 5th Street North Minneapolis, MN 55403
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03/14 | SXSW | Austin, TX
03/15 | SXSW | Austin, TX
03/16 | SXSW | Austin, TX
* APRIL *
04/13 | Coachella | Indio, CA
81-800 Avenue 51 Indio, CA 90036
04/20 | Coachella | Indio, CA
81-800 Avenue 51 Indio, CA 90036
Watch for Good Day LA on FOX Network Thursday Jan, 24th at 9:00AM. Vintage Trouble will be performing live.
Visit this post later for more updates about the performance.
FREE Concert featuring Vintage Trouble – Saint Petersburg, FLORIDA
12:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
400 First Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Sunday, January 27th, Bud Light, 102.5-The Bone and 97x will kick-off Superbowl week (and the Pro-Bowl) with a FREE concert event featuring Vintage Trouble on the lawn at The Mahaffey! This is an outdoor concert for all-ages show. Admission is FREE and no ticket is required to enter.
A local band will start the festivities at noon with Vintage Trouble taking the stage at 2pm. Vintage Trouble is flying in for the show and they will kick-off their tour with The WHO the next day!
On the plaza, fans will have the opportunity to compete in mobile gaming challenges to win Bud Light prizes.
To add to the excitement, fans/listeners will have the chance to win a Bud Light Superbowl Party Packages
Vintage Trouble – Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI – Nov 24th 2012
images by Scott Legato
all right reserved 2012
Vintage Trouble featured in current Pollstar Magazine and Pollstar.com and selected as the HotStar of the week! We are honored.
12:01 AM Friday, 1/18/13 words by – Deborah Speer, Pollstar Magazine
Vintage Trouble was in the midst of a weekly residency at Harvelle’s Blues Club in Santa Monica, Calif., when a member of Doc McGhee’s management team saw them and insisted his boss see them, too. The legendary KISS manager signed them on the spot.
When the Who’s Roger Daltrey needed a band to play a benefit party a year or so ago, McGhee booked Vintage Trouble. Now, the Los Angeles four-piece is opening for the Brits on what was originally planned to be “An Evening With” The Who.
“Roger just fell in love with them,” CAA agent Matthew Morgan told Pollstar.
It isn’t hard to see why.
Singer Ty Taylor, with a voice most often compared to Otis Redding, is a fireball of energy – a recent performance on “Late Night With David Letterman” ended with Taylor bolting into the audience and climbing chairs, to his host’s amusement.
Fans of the Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., and Alabama Shakes, Vintage Trouble combines retro R&B with edgier blues rock for an irresistible combination coupled with a dizzying performance. Morgan described fans as “grabbing at them like they were The Beatles” after one of their opening sets on the Who tour.
“It feels like they are creating true fans and a true following that isn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon,” Morgan said. “One thing about this band: I never, ever, ever have to apologize for how their live performance is.
“They’ve opened for Metallica and Bon Jovi in Europe, and the fans just went nuts – and that says a lot. You couldn’t ask for two more different groups, or types of fans. But it’s just insane.”
Vintage Trouble is entertaining offers from more than 25 festivals for summer, Morgan said, and looking at more opening slots with artists like the Dave Matthews Band, where they can also book late-night club dates in select markets. And there will be headlining tours in March and again in fall.
-Deborah Speer, Pollstar Magazine
for more touring info please visit www.VintageTrouble.com
Watch the band perform three songs in this Tastemakers @ Sunrise session and talk music, fans and pressure.
We shot this on top of the London Hotel, Los Angeles December 19th, 2012. Got a great view of the Hollywood Hills in the background. It was recorded early in the morning to the major complaints from hotel guests 🙂 We did 3 songs that morning Nobody Told Me, Nancy Lee and Blues hand Me Down. An interview with the band also got added. Enjoy!
Vintage Trouble got featured in Guitar World Magazine – February 2013 issue.
I’m really honored to be part of this magazine! I’m a big fan of the magazine and I always read it myself to find out about new and old guitar players. On this blog we can chat about gear and guitar music in general. Let me know your thoughts!
Here are some cool links to some of the gear listed in the magazine:
You can also visit Vintage Trouble at the official website www.VintageTrouble.com
Vintage Trouble will travel to Sundance Festival on January 19th, 2013.
VT will play a headlining set of music with special guest DJ Tony O at the Star Bar in Park City, Utah on Saturday, January 19th, 10PM – Buy Tickets Here
268 Main St
Park City, UT 84060
Lifetime musicians, despite all the difficulties, we really are the lucky ones and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have a career in music. Chasing your bliss really is something so few people get to do and somewhat of a secret to life I believe. As many reading this may know, while on tour earlier this year supporting the Cranberries in Montreal, we had one of those moments where misfortune bit down hard when several of our instruments were stolen from us and it was a grind in those moments to say the least. Sometimes though, it’s this misfortune that forces us to take a step back, appreciate what we DO have even deeper, and often jump forward in ways even bigger than we thought were possible. True goodness and positivity can come out of these awful moments in life if we just stay open to the possible. They can also serve moments of great growth in our lives. I recently thought again to share this particular adventure to celebrate all the amazing energy that helped make this great story happen and to also thank those again for this love. To celebrate TroubleMaking the way only our community knows how.
As an opening act, you are blessed because you get to play larger stages and expose your music to whole new sets of crowds. Similarly, as a new band, you have logistical, budget, communication and time constraints that create constant challenges as well. Not being able to park at the venue and somewhere between our previous night in town and soundcheck, our van was unattended and two main instruments were stolen from us. The first was a backup Les Paul that Nalle had borrowed from a dear friend of ours and the second was my main bass…a Blonde Fender 57′ ReIssue P-Bass Maple neck that was customized all my own and something tremendously special to me. The love and time that we put into our main instruments, you can’t imagine. I don’t know what to compare it to, but the feeling you get in your stomach when you figure out this part of your family has been stolen from you…it is a pain like no other. Its tough to even imagine. As we were literally on our way to soundcheck when we realized, the mad rush began to a) get a replacement so we could do the show in 2 hours, b) inventory in my head what else was also with the bass in the case when it was stolen and c) somehow keep processing all the emotions of the experience but also block it out as it got closer to showtime. The show still is most important thing. It always is.
We managed to handle everything in the way of a loaner bass with the help of the local promoter and the show went off fantastic. I think there is even plenty of youtube video from that night in Montreal. It really was a great emotional show. Afterwards though, it was back to reality, trying to figure out what to do next. I was trying to just breathe, not freak out and also just trying to pick up the lessons and stay open to what I was supposed to be learning from this experience. This is where things start to take a beautiful turn. (Life can be funny like this).
We have a community called the TroubleMakers that supports us in ways I have never experienced anywhere else in music or life for that matter. We can’t really call them fans because they are more like family to us. They are so positive, so loving, and such a force amongst themselves…it simply humbles me to be a part of such a tribe. Several of the key TroubleMakers, and in particular Adam and Lisa Kennedy, felt a particular outrage to what had happened to us once the news posted on our Facebook about the stolen guitars. From their computers all the way in Newcastle, UK, they started a twitter campaign to blast the world with news, pictures and the serial number of my stolen bass. They tirelessly worked and got other TroubleMakers to help do the same, reposting and reposting the story. So much so that they reached the limit that Twitter allows for number of tweets in a day. They then moved to other accounts and anyone that would pick it up as well…and in the process, the story actually began to take hold in a huge way. It started trending on twitter. While we were driving all day to our next show in Providence, Rhode Island, we started hearing and seeing the story gaining more and more traction. Through the help of the T.M. community, our management, and all of the constant pushing of the story, every pawn shop and music store in Montreal knew about the bass and I was even contacted by one of the largest radio stations in Montreal to do an interview about the story during drive time radio. Even the awesome gig bag company that I use (Reunion Blues) offered me an endorsement deal from the story and they immediately replaced my bag for free. Huge names were now starting to get wind of the story and repost and before we knew it, people like Zak Wylde and Peter Frampton and even Slash (a childhood hero of mine) had retweeted the story. SLASH knew about our band and even emailed Ty to offer his help. Incredible. With his help now sharing to all his followers and friends at this point, we now had something like 3 million posts of the story. It really helped push it over the edge and it was incredibly emotional for me how many people were just trying to help any way they could.
Over the next few days, the word actually got to Fender Worldwide on what had happened thanks to the constant online reposting of the story as well as the critical help of our manager Doc McGhee. Doc put in the call and connected Fender even closer to who we are as a band, the story of the stolen bass, and our overall work ethic. Once Fender combined it with the help we had from people like Slash, Fender UK and all the TroubleMakers, they offered up something they rarely do anymore…a full artist endorsement to me for Bass. Insane. My heroes have all played Fender and I have been a Fender guy most of my life. To now have the support of Fender Worldwide, its a kids dream come true. 2 days later, I had a Blonde 57′ RI Fender PBass Reissue delivered to me and I can now call myself a Fender worldwide artist. Montreal Lemonade was made in full and it was humbling beyond words.
Flash forward now to a few months ago where we got the honor of playing the same festival in Sweden with Slash. We were backstage and I got the incredible opportunity to meet the man himself and even more important for me, I got to personally thank him for his help with the reposting of my bass story. He had heard of the Fender deal I picked up from it and even made the great comment that “Twitter is good for some things”. Indeed it is. Only for me, it wound up being good for so much more in addition to being able to personally thank a childhood hero for his help and goodwill.
To date, we haven’t gotten the stolen bass back, but I’m hopeful she will find her way back to me one day. In the meantime, this story now represents something to me that is so much more valuable than what was lost that day. To have such positivity be born from such a negative situation is a true testament to love and openness of the human spirit. Everyone that helped in whatever little ways they could added up to something epic in proportions. This was an incredible reminder to me that immense good can come from bad, especially if we stay positive and let it in.
I have so many people to thank for this and even more importantly, to where I am at in life. I am blessed to have the friends, family, TroubleMakers, mentors and angels that I have as part of my fabric. To all those who are under this beautiful umbrella, you know who you are and I thank you with all my heart. Genuine Love is something that can’t be destroyed or stolen. It is fantastically contagious and so vital. I hope each of you know how much I truly do appreciate all that you have given to me.
The people you are, the love that you spread, and the lives you lead…
Thank you for lighting by example.
Before I fly home after a long summer of being away from the states we refer to as united, I would like to put some thoughts on paper while they are fresh in my mind and illuminating my soul.
As a child I always dreamed of being a singer that would travel the world making music, and sharing songs with different cultures, but I had no idea what the reality of the situation would bring with it. In my mind I thought the core of being a traveling musician would be music, but what I have fortunately found, is that is not; It is about the people.
As I think about flying home today, I’m not thinking about the words I put out or the notes I sang. My minds eye is full of the beautiful and inspiring people that I came in contact with.
TroubleMakers, you are really unique brand of music lover. I will try to strip myself of all desire to be cool in this paragraph, in order to allow you to truly feel my appreciation and adoration of you.
We like to challenge our audiences, to go beyond their normal good time, and I want to acknowledge what so many of you have challenged us to do by coming to so many shows. You have made us feel the need to never let you down and always give you and ourselves something new out of every show… No, out of every moment of every show.
We head home feeling like stronger men due to the fact that you have made us feel necessary and exciting. We land in Los Angeles tomorrow more humble because of the way your realness keeps us grounded. Tomorrow night as we lay in bed, we will fall asleep with smiles on our faces because of how sexy you have made us feel all summer.
If you have not been told by one of us at some point, we would like you to know this. There are not enough tears of joy in the world to fill the place you have in our hearts. You have made the summer of 2012 feel like a delicious home away from home.
From Japan, I and we raise a glass of the finest unfiltered Sake to you. Thank you for your hearts and souls, your time and minds and your sweat applause, but mostly we thank you for being your wild abandoned selves and putting out and giving in the way you have and do.
Please think of us fondly while we are away and don’t be strangers.
Yesterday while driving from Iowa to Missouri with the rest of the band, we pulled over so that I could do a phone interview. Top of the conversation I find out that the reporter had attended the 1967 Stax tour that featured Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Mar-Keys and more. When I first saw the recording of this concert it changed my life, my outlook on everything that I had done as a performer, and everything I wanted to do from that moment on. I had never seen such passion and soul and communion on stage before. Seeing this captured evening connected me to a part of myself I didn’t even know needed connection. It stitched together stage and life for me. It ignited my desire to have audience and performers become one during any given gig.
I had the opportunity to ask this man about details I thought I’d never have the answers for. Throughout our conversation he drew comparisons between what went down on that tour and what we do now as a band, it literally brought chills to my spine and a heightened pride of our art and mission.
Thank God for unexpected inspirations.
I’m not even sure if it was good interview but I will tell you this….it was a magical conversation.
To top the whole thing off I found this record in a store earlier today and had to have it…
Here’s some Sam and Dave from the 1967 Stax Tour
It’s amazing how long the power of one show will stay in your body and resonate as if it were still happening.
Los Angeles, a deeply sincere thank you for the amount of primitive, forward, passionate and wild energy that filled The El Rey Theatre on Thursday night. Our home town community brought all of these things and truly claimed back their ‘ownership’ of Vintage Trouble as an L.A.-grown band.
We dedicated this video to our dear friend and top TroubleMaker Nick Faigin who suddenly passed away days before this show. “It was important that we not do something all sad, but that we do something that was a jam”
Vintage Trouble with friends, Bradley Keys, Countre Black, Charlie Brumbly, Reina Hidalgo & Kamilah Marshall.
This was our official album release show, and as we looked into the crowd we saw so many faces old and new, and everyone was joining in the party. Hearing so many people singing every word of every song was decadent. It was like each person in the room was both on stage and in the audience all the same time, as lionel richie would say- all night long.
We have waited a long time to officially release this album to the states, and it is exciting that the foreplay is over, letting us take this relationship to the next level. These songs were written in this city; The roots of the music and character of the words are here. This release is a big, no, a HUGE deal to us on a personal level.
2 days prior to The El Rey show, we had the honor of performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! All day I kept thinking about all the TV performances that I have seen that over the years that have inspired me, and us, to do what it is that we do. We wanted to connect to the folks at home in that same way. It was our mission. It’s been a while since we did a big TV gig as a band, but it went off smoothly with the on-air filming feeling like one of our live shows. It is magical to share a moment like that with your musical brothers and have it captured forever.
We ended this EPIC week by playing our first show in San Diego, celebrating at The Griffin to a full, sweaty room. It reminded me of when we first started playing overseas where we landed in a city of strangers and left feeling like we gathered new friends and TroubleMakers. The people San Diego danced their asses off and made us feel welcomed. I think we can all say we made a great connection to that city.
This week confirmed why we started doing this as a band. Everything is feeling real and ripe and in the flow in America, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting and bringing The Bomb Shelter Sessions home.
– Ty Taylor
Vintage Trouble are currently at SXSW in Austin, TX. They play TODAY at The Parkside (upstairs) at 4:30pm (The Orchard Party).
In the last 2 days they have supported Lionel Richie (on the Billboard Stage at ACL Live on Wednesday night) and played the Paste Magazine show yesterday afternoon.
They took a few moments before the Billboard show to say “Hello”.
“Last night’s Billboard Magazine show opening for the great Lionel Richie was a dream come true and wild ride.” – Vintage Trouble on Facebook
VT in Paris. We enjoyed a culture (touristy) morning with Louvre, Paris Opera House, Eiffel tower, great food and loads of new French TroubleMakers! A show at the New Morning, an intimate great club in Paris our love can only grow stronger for this great town and people! We can’t wait to get back!
Just made it to Amsterdam for our show at the legendary Paradiso club. This will be our last show before jumping back to UK for our last tour dates.
Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down – Video Shoot
Calling all Vintage Trouble UK friends and fans! We will be shooting a hot , sexy and dirty music video for our 1st single “BLUES HAND ME DOWN” Sunday night, May 1st at 10PM in SoHo WE WANT/NEED YOU IN IT! Send photo and RSVP to vintagetroubleshoot@gmai…l.com for details. Yes, it will be a video shoot but will also be considering this event to be the first party we’ve thrown in London. Don’t be one of those who has to hear about what the missed the next morning We Trouble dare you.
So we are off to UK on Thursday to embark on new adventures with VT. Doing a TV show in London called Later with… Jools Holland, Tuesday, April 19th. Gonna stay in London after that til May 2nd. So please look out for local shows around London between April 20th – May 1st. Then we are off to tour with Brian May & Kerry Ellis all around UK.
Get Into Some (Vintage) Trouble | Swagger LA – Best Events in Los Angeles
If you’re looking to get away from the metro-sexual indie rockers, eastside stoner bands and tribute groups playing ‘80s covers in the valley, the most happening band in LA that you haven’t heard of is Vintage Trouble. Don’t miss your chance to catch them performing over the next couple of weeks.
Formed in early 2010, Vintage Trouble describe themselves as “live-wired, dirty mouth’d, pelvis pushin’ juke music” and like Amy Winehouse and Raphael Saadiq, they take the classic soul sound and make it fresh and contemporary, adding a little bit of dirty rock and roll in the process.
The band is made up of seasoned players however their greatest asset is lead-singer Ty Taylor. He manages to roughen up his velvety smooth soul tenor just enough to blend with guitarist Nalle Colt’s jagged, rhythm and blues riffing. The Trouble’s rhythm section consists of Rick Barrio Dill on bass and Richard Danielson on the drums.
Onstage, the Trouble are indeed something to behold. Taylor, looking like he’s just stepped off an Atlantic Soul album sleeve from 1968, is capable of conjuring the funky get-down of James Brown, the rock bravado of Lenny Kravitz and the honey-tinged soul of Otis Redding.
The band meanwhile, with their fedoras and mid 20th century suits, look like Chicago gangsters packing electric guitars instead of machine guns. In the dress down world of ironically cool Hollywood, Vintage Trouble give people an excuse to dress up while they get down.
The audience at any given Vintage Trouble show is generally packed with the band’s fans, known coincidentally as “Troublemakers.” Whatever you want to call them, they’re usually worked up into a frenzy midway through the first number.
Bands like this don’t stay under the radar long. Their ten song self-produced debut, “The Bomb Shelter Sessions,” is already a hot-seller on iTunes. The band recently returned from their first British tour, where the shows were so successful that they’re headed back at the end of April to open for legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and shoot a segment for the BBC’s “Later with Jools Holland.” So the Trouble’s upcoming LA shows may not only be your last chance to see them before they leave, they might be your last chance to say you saw them “back when. “
The band has a full April schedule before heading across the pond for their UK tour, including shows at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, The Edison downtown, The Tar Pit on La Brea and Barre Vermont.
Any Vintage Trouble show is a guaranteed good time but if you can, catch them at Harvelle’s on a ‘Trouble Tuesday’ where you can experience what drummer Richard Danielson, describes as, “Vintage Trouble at their most juiced,” playing to their home crowd of Troublemakers.
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So our birthday is coming up! A year ago we did our first show at Harvelle’s Blues club in Santa Monica. The time is here to celebrate our first year together as Vintage Trouble. Come down and party with us!
Tuesday February 22nd Harvelles Blues Club Time: 9:30 PM
1432 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 p (310) 395-1676
The world’s gonna have to take a turn around
The world’s gonna have to take a turn around
Make more noise and joyful sound
The world’s gonna have to take a turn around
For to see a higher place
I’m fittin’ to stand up yes indeed
Clap my hands and stomp my feet
I’m fittin’ to stand up yes indeed
For to reach a higher place
March on through the storm/KEEP ON A’ MARCHING
Sing out your love song/KEEP ON A’ SINGING
This dark road is long/LONG AND A’ WINDING
But don’t give up your fight for what’s right
Sonic Shocks review from Gibson Showcase Rooms. Tuesday February 8th.
Amazing show last night. Really felt the energy from all of our Troublemakers! Thank you thank you!:) We are off to England tomorrow afternoon. So it’s time for packing right now. Suits, guitars, drum, passports warm clothes. Heard its pretty cold over there. So we will see you tomorrow on this page for updates how our flight is going.
here is a clip from Edison doing a late night jam at the end of the night..