Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out to Cause Some Trouble; ALAN NICHOL Has a Roundup of the Local Roots Music Scene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out to Cause Some Trouble; ALAN NICHOL Has a Roundup of the Local Roots Music Scene

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Byline: ALAN NICHOL

WHILE this year still has a few weeks to go, the gig of the year - so far - for me was undoubtedly the summer appearance of Vintage Trouble at the Cluny. The show resembled a Louisiana blues-club; it was hotter than Hades, full to capacity and the music was a thrilling blues/soul/rock mix that surpassed all expectations.

Livewire singer, Ty Taylor, started the night in a close-fitting, silver-grey suit. By the end of the show it was charcoal-coloured from top to toe and stuck to him like a second skin.

The red-hot Los Angeles quartet are back to play a bigger sold-out show in The Sage's Hall 2 on Tuesday night and it must be one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the year.

Guitarist and founder-member Nalle Colt spoke to me recently from Nashville, where the band were on a short promotional tour.

I started by asking if he remembered the August gig in the city.

"Oh yeah, the Cluny was great," he enthused. "It was so great in England. We came and did a few shows, like a little pre-promotional thing. When we toured after that, we sold-out almost all of the places we visited.

"It's what we love to do and for people to embrace it so much. You couldn't help but smile every morning."

That early promotional visit included a slot on Later... with Jools Holland and the band duly blew the lid off the BBC studio, dispatching with the "unknown" tag in the process.

It was their first ever TV appearance and Colt confessed to feeling a little nervous beforehand. It certainly didn't show!

I asked him to describe the events that led to the formation of the band a couple of years ago.

"We've all been around for quite a while," he said.

"Ty and I used to play in a band before this - it was called Ghost Town. We were working, we'd made a record, but there was something in the sound that made us stick with it. …

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