No matter what you have heard about Vintage Trouble, nothing can prepare you for the spectacle that is their live show. The California foursome—made up of Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass)—took the stage of Austin City Limits Tuesday for an exhilarating night of blues, groove and rock and roll.
The band, decked in three-piece suits and confidence, opened the set with a couple of songs from their 2011 debut The Bomb Shelter Sessions, like the slow and soft “Not Alright by Me” followed by “Blues Hand Me Down” and “Total Strangers,” both explosive fan favorites. The stylish frontman seized the stage, taking over every corner, using the standing mic as a pelvis-pushin’ prop and sending the crowd into exuberant screams of admiration.
The band remained ablaze during the entire set, playing songs from their latest album 1 Hopeful Rd, such as “Angel City, CA,” “Before the Tear Drops” and “Run Like the River,” in which Taylor jumped off the stage and disappeared before popping up in the theater’s balcony, where he closed the song. The singer’s infectious energy demanded collaboration from the audience, throwing it back to, in the words of Taylor, a 1950s North Carolina juke joint. During “Strike Your Light” the singer once again ventured into the crowd, showing off his moves and bringing people together. It was refreshing to witness a live show that kept the audience on its feet, and happily so.
In between songs, Taylor spoke of his love of music and expressed gratitude at playing ACL Live, making a dream come true. The entire set turned into a party, but the band kept the music smooth and precise. Taylor’s vocals are impeccable, soulful, and Colt shocked the crowd with a guitar solo that closed the last song, “Run Outta You.”