Its been a heck of a year for Californian rhythm and blues quartet Vintage Trouble …2015 saw the release of their critically acclaimed 3rd studio album ‘1 Hopeful Road’, appearances ion Later With Jools, opening for ACDC and now headlining their own sold out show at the world famous Glasgow Barrowland…doesn’t really any better than that!!!
‘ Vintage Trouble’ took to a stripped back stage on which lay a large black and red carpet draped by vintage amps and received one of the loudest roars I’ve ever heard from a crowd most of whom still had the bands amazing performance at Hampden Park still in mind….singer Ty Taylor looked almost shocked but genuinely pleased by the Barras reception. Vintage Trouble eased the crowd into their set with ‘Soul Serenity’…..amazing song and the spirit of Al Green lives on. The opening notes of ‘Blues Hand Me Down’ tore through the amp of Nalle Colt and the amazing gyrations of Ty Taylor set the hall on fire. These guys are seriously cool with a capital ‘K’, sharply dressed and truly amazing musicians.
Ty Taylor welcomes the noisy crowd and thanks them for their support, tells them the band love playing Scotland which is the perfect way to endear yourself to the Glasgow crowd… they love that kind of thing and he dedicates “before The Tear Drops ‘ to them.
The band conclude their what seems short set with the soulful ‘Not Alright By Me’ and of course the crowd know that’s not the end and after a noisy encore VT return with upbeat “Strike Your Light’, ‘Run Like The Rive’ and finishing with the ‘unashamedly ‘Wilson Pickett’ influenced ‘Pelvis Pusher’…
To really appreciate this band you have to experience them live as their blistering hot live performances don’t quite come across on their records…
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