Photos: Vintage Trouble's Tastemakers Session
Vintage Trouble guitarist Nalle Colt's explanation for why the soul rock band is in demand is simple but interesting, considering that the pop charts are filled with auto-tuned bubblegum cuts. "Real music is coming back, with real musicians playing real instruments in real time," he says sitting next to his other three mates on the roof of The London West Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles for a Billboard Tastemakers session one morning recently. He puts heavy emphasis on each "real." Point made. Watch VT's Tastemakers @ Sunrise videos here, featuring the the guys performing three of tunes -- "Nobody Told Me," "Nancy Lee" and "Blues Hand Me Down" -- and share their thoughts about their sound and success.
The L.A.-based quartet's music exudes authenticity. Every guitar lick from Colt and weathered vocal from Trouble lead singer Ty Taylor issues forth as unfiltered, pure rock and roll. And their skills have not gone unnoticed.
Vintage Trouble, formed in 2010 with Taylor and Colt leading the charge, released their debut album "The Bomb Shelter Sessions" in 2011 they built a loyal following in California. Soon after they began to draw the attention of some heavyweights, opening for Bon Jovi, Queen's Brian May, The-Dream and Lionel Richie (the latter two at Billboard's 2012 SXSW showcase).
This year, after stopping in for a show in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival, they'll be supporting legendary rock group The Who beginning on January 28.
With acclaim and expectations rising, pressure to perform would seem to be rising as well. Taylor disagrees, though. "The pressure's been taken away," he says. "Because it just feels like we're doing what we're supposed to be doing. If there's any small bit of pressure, it's just to not slap the opportunity in the face. For us it's just exciting that we get to be on stages that we get to actually show off in front of so many people."
Those people, their fans, have a name: the TroubleMakers. Trouble's a no frills band that simply walks on stage to rock and leaves it all out there. Their name suits their style well. It's classic. "There's something with that energy that's really beautiful," drummer Richard Danielson says.