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Vintage Trouble, Desi Valentine; Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; 2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com.
t would be a massive understatement to say that Ty Taylor and Nalle Colt, co-founders of the L.A. retro-soul group Vintage Trouble, have atypical resumés. Taylor, a kinetic showman who can pull off a credible Otis Redding, grew up singing in a Baptist church choir, became a contestant on the reality show Rock Star: INXS
, and provided the singing voice for the Lester Grimes character on the HBO series Vinyl
. Colt, a Swedish expat, is an overtly Hendrix-influenced guitarist with album credits that include Booker T Jones (the Memphis R&B legend) and Engelbert Humperdinck (the poor man’s Tom Jones). With a shared enthusiasm for classic soul and Southern rock, they teamed up with bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson in 2010 and began generating the kind of buzz that can really only happen in L.A. They signed a contract with Blue Note Records, were mentored by former James Brown manager Doc McGhee, and recorded a debut album produced by Don Was of Bonnie Raitt and Was (Not Was) fame. Two albums and one Austin City Limits
appearance later, they’re still toiling away in the clubs and angling for the kind of success that struck the similarly soulful Alabama Shakes, an ambition suggested by their most recent album title, 1 Hopeful Rd.
Time will tell.