As part of their RLife Live series at Renaissance Hotels and in support of Teenage Cancer Trust, the St Pancras Hotel presented an exclusive acoustic show with Vintage Trouble in their Booking Office Bar.
When they released their debut album “The Bomb Shelter Sessions” a couple of years ago we all knew they were going to be special. Currently on tour as supporting band for The Who, Vintage Trouble has supported some heavy weight rock acts like the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Brian May. The band is fronted by quite a charismatic singer Ty Taylor. He exudes the showmanship of James Brown and that soulful voice reminds of Otis Redding and other Stax men. Taylor’s backed by gritty rocking trio of drummer Richard Danielson, bassist Rick Barrio Dill and guitarist Nalle Colt.
Their sound is firmly rooted in the blues, but they never stray far from good old fashioned rock ‘n roll. Starting the first of two sets off with “Still and always will”, Taylor soon engaged the audience eagerly supported by Rick Dill’s mum and other family members. With the band in the groove and Ty strutting his stuff, the Booking Office Bar soon transformed into what reminded of a 60′s style juke joint. The audience had their hands in the air and heads rocking to the music. The band’s professionalism shone through as three accomplished musicians fired Taylor to higher levels soon dripping with perspiration. The constant touring cemented the rhythm section into a very tight unit and Nalle Colt’s guitar playing is nothing short of inspiring.
There was a two hour break before the second set giving the audience a change to indulge in various (mostly) alcoholic beverages on offer. By the time Vintage Trouble started the final set with “Blues hand me down” the audience was fully tanked up and looking for fun. The band did not disappoint, all the popular songs were there “Nancy Lee”, ” Nobody told me”, “Total strangers” and more. Halfway through the set Ty suddenly announced the band will soon be joined by special guest. As Paloma Faith made her appearance the roof on St Pancras Hotel lifted a few inches. The two got on the bar counter in better view of the audience and started the Etta James classic “I’d Rather Go Blind” under loud applause. To say the duet was “hot” is an understatement. We all witnessed something special.
Vintage Trouble is here to stay. Who knows where they’ll be in a year from now? The only problem we’ll have is getting tickets to their next sold out shows!
Words, photographs and video by Stephen Fourie