There was Trouble in the ‘Ville (Vintage Trouble that is) on Tuesday night, along with Kyle Daniel
Expertly mixing a sound that is part old school R&B with a pinch of the blues, and a heaping dose of soul-infused rock, Los Angeles based Vintage Trouble are a band like no other. With the electric energy of frontman Ty Taylor, the mesmerizing guitar tones pouring from Nalle Colt’s signature Gretch, and a relentless rhythm section of Rick Barrio Dill on bass and Richard Danielson on drums, along with the soulful backing vocals of recent edition Tawny Dooley, Vintage Trouble’s live shows are not to be missed.
Vintage Trouble is touring in support of their latest releases, Chapter II – EP I & EP II with their first US tour in more than 2 years after significant runs across Europe and the UK. Their 28 stop tour, which started in Austin, Tx feels long overdue for the band’s loyal fan base as Vintage Trouble ends up in Ty’s home state of New Jersey along with stops in New York and Chicago before heading west for the final few dates. “The Troublemakers”, Vintage Trouble’s ardent fan group, have been planning for these shows since the tour was announced, with pre-show meet-ups and social media posts about the band coming back home for this U.S. tour.
While this evening in Louisville is cold, rainy and generally dreary, it is quite the opposite inside The Mercury Ballroom after a solid a crowd chatted before doors opened about how far they had traveled, where they first saw the band, the songs they hoped to hear, and who was a VT virgin and who had seen them over 60 times. After their usual ceremonial handshake, Vintage Trouble pulled out all the stops with the explosive fan favorite “Total Strangers” from their first album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, and the evening was off to a fiery start.
This evening’s set expertly melded Vintage Trouble fan favorites like “Jezzebella,” “Nancy Lee,” and “Run Like The River” with some of their newer songs like the groovin’ “Doin’ What You Were Doin’” and the exhilarating “Pelvis Pusher” that had the whole venue jumping. The new album was also well represented with sharp performances of “Do Me Right,” “Can’t Stop Rollin’” and “Knock Me Out” dedicated to the Champ, and Louisville hometown hero, Muhammad Ali.
Along the way, there were a couple of surprises, beginning with a cover of Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine” that really showcased Ty’s passionate vocals and an equally emotional rendition of “Can’t Let Go” which was dedicated to the legendary Sharon Jones – simply perfection!
Vintage Trouble closed out their brilliant evening in Louisville with a three-song encore set beginning with the high energy “Blues Hand Me Down” followed by the inspiring “Not Alright By Me” and “Nobody Told Me.
As is their norm, after the final chords were played and the final on-stage bows were taken the guys climbed down from the stage, exiting directly into the middle of the crowd as they made their way to the merch table where they met fans and signed autographs for everyone. It was a perfect ending to a perfect evening of straight-shooting rock and roll as only Vintage Trouble can do.
Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Americana/Rock & Roller Kyle Daniel provided the main support this evening. With an all too short set of original songs from his What’s There to Say EP, Kyle proved to be the perfect complement to the evening.
Kyle Daniel is Kyle Daniel – guitar/vocals along with guitarists Seth Rentfrow and David Henriksson, Andy Smith on Keyboards, bassist Ben Guidry and drummer Pearce Harrison