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In Deep With Vintage Trouble
R&B/soul/rock quartet discuss the stories behind their songs and perform "Blues Hand Me Down" and "Nobody Told Me"
Beginning Nov. 1, R&B/soul/rock quartet Vintage Trouble will support revered rock band the Who on their 2012–2013 North American tour. Ahead of their tour, GRAMMY.com caught up with Vintage Trouble for an exclusive interview at Harvelle's blues club in Santa Monica, Calif., the location of the the band's first live performance. The band also performed select tracks from their debut album, 2011's The Bomb Shelter Sessions, including "Blues Hand Me Down" and "Nobody Told Me," and discussed the inspiration behind the songs.
"['Blues Hand Me Down'] is the first song we actually played together as a band, so it kind of set us in motion," said drummer Richard Danielson. "A few bars into that song, I think we all knew that we were at home because it just happened so quick and easy and painlessly."
Founded by guitarist Nalle Colt and vocalist Ty Taylor, the former frontman for '90s R&B group Dakota Moon and a previous contestant on "Rock Star: INXS," Vintage Trouble also comprise bassist Rick Barrio Dill and Danielson. Combing elements of vintage blues/rock and soul, in July 2011 Vintage Trouble released The Bomb Shelter Sessions, which debuted in the Top 40 in the UK and peaked at No. 44 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. They subsequently signed a deal with artist manager Doc McGhee (Kiss, Darius Rucker), and earned opening slots on tour with artists such as Bon Jovi, the Cranberries, Queen's Brian May, and Joss Stone, among others, as well as TV shows such as "Later … With Jools Holland" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." They were honored as the Best New Band at the 2011 Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards.