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Taking the 'hopeful road' is paying off for Vintage Trouble

The rhythm and blues band finally has the attention of a major label after five years of being independent.
Vintage Trouble
Blue Note Records

Besides opening for AC/DC’s mega-stadium tours in Europe and North America, and playing the Glastonbury Festival in England, primitive soul band Vintage Trouble released their major label debut, “1 Hopeful Rd.” in August on legendary label Blue Note Records. But, of course, none of this could be called an overnight success: “1 Hopeful Rd.,” the Los Angeles-based band’s second album, is the result of years of honing individual craftsmanship and songwriting, and it unites older and brand new songs.

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“The record is a combination of songs we’ve written from three years ago to three months ago,” says Ty Taylor, Vintage Trouble’s powerhouse vocalist. “It was nice to have songs come at the eleventh hour, so we have something representative of where we are now,” he says of wrapping the recording sessions with producer Don Was, who is also Blue Note Records CEO and a veteran musician himself.
There really is a Hopeful Road
The second album’s positive upbeat title is a clever play on a lyric from the album’s first song, “Run Like the River.”
“The first line is “one hopeful road that my mother showed me,” says Taylor.” “In the song, it’s a regular sentence, then when we were looking at album titles we thought it would be cool to change it to an actual address — so we put in the number one and changed it to a road. But it turns out there is an actual Hopeful Road in Alabama—so I hope those people aren’t hating us if people are camping out in front of their house,” he jokes.
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From AC/DC to Glastonbury, Vintage Trouble hit the road
This fall, Vintage Trouble is headlining shows through the US, which sees them playing cozier stages then the stadiums packed with 150,000 AC/DC fans. The rush of that tour almost equaled the thrill of playing Glastonbury Festival, but that was pretty special. Vintage Trouble played Glastonbury last year, too, but their performance was hampered after a lightning strike on another stage shut down the festival.
“We hadn’t played even one song. It was shut down for 45 minutes,” says Taylor, “which meant we would have missed our slot completely. There was no electricity so we jumped up on the front monitors and started playing acoustically. People went nuts. The organizers gave us a major slot this year because of that, and half the field said they were there from the year before. Oddly enough, it felt like a hometown show. It was the wildest thing ever.”
If you go:
New York City
Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St., 212-353-1600
www.websterhall.com
Boston
Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave.,
Allston 617-779-0140
www.musichallbrighton.com
Philadelphia
Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
Theatre of the Living Arts
334 South St., 215-922-1011
www.ticketmaster.com

 

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