Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vintage Trouble Light Up The Stage With Soulful Old-School Sound

Vintage Trouble (VT for short) is a talented retro soul/rock band that has been blowing up recently. The band has been steadily building its fan base with its authentic, rootsy sound. Vintage Trouble's music is a rich amalgam of soul, hard rock, blues, funk and R&B. The band was formed in 2010 in Hollywood, California by singer/guitarist Ty Taylor and guitar player Nalle Colt. The two musicians shared a mutual love for original soul and R&B and set up a basic home studio in Venice Beach where they began laying the groundwork for Vintage Trouble. Bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson soon joined the fold, and a full band was formed. The quartet moved to Laurel Canyon to rehearse and fine-tune its sound. Within two weeks of rehearsals, the band was ready to set the world on fire and began playing at local clubs and late-night speakeasies.

Vintage Trouble has already built a dedicated global following through their electrifying live shows. The live shows highlight Ty's superb vocal skills. The charismatic performer's soulful, gritty vocals sort of puts me in mind of '80s R&B/pop star Terence Trent D'Arby, another talented retro soulster. Ty has been compared to soul legends Otis Redding and James Brown, both key inspirations on him and the band. However, he also brings his own unique swagger and originality to the music. Ty already had a pretty impressive resume before forming Vintage Trouble. He was a vocalist and guitarist for mid-'90s R&B group Dakota Moon and a former Rock Star: INXS contestant. He's an ideal front man for a retro soul/rock band, as he's equally adept at singing in both genres. And in addition to Ty, all the members are terrific musicians. They play with deep soul, and you can feel their love and the passion for the music during their performances.

The band recently took their sweet soul music across the pond and embarked on a successful tour in the UK, which included performances with Bon Jovi and Brian May. The band played shows at the Hard Rock Calling Festival and the Barclaycard Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park. Additionally, VT were Grand Prize Winners at the 2012 iPhone Film Festival for their "Nancy Lee" video, which was shot, directed and edited by three-time Emmy Award winner Alen Petkovic and features former Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar. VT was also named "Best New Band" at the 2011 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards. The band also played dates in Australia. VT will return to the UK in June to play some dates in London.

The band recently played at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas on March 14 and 16. VT was also a featured band at Billboard's annual showcase at SXSW on March 14, which was headlined by Lionel Richie. The band will continue to keep busy for the remainder of March and throughout April. Their tour dates will include stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, New York City and a number of other locations. Also, VT's debut album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, will get its U.S. release on April 24, 2012.

VT perform their song "Blues Hand Me Down" live

VT's award-winning video to their song "Nancy Lee"

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