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We are on the road with AC/DC !

So, Austria, May 15, 2005, 4th show into the European tour featuring the great AC/DC. Rumors have it that this is the largest attendance record in Austrian history at 105,000, breaking the previous record of both U2 and Pink Floyd, which hit in the 90,000 range.  We, the band Vintage Trouble, being the opener of this monumentous event—the party starter, naturally had three interviews just prior to this gig, two being for radio, one for television. A lot was discussed—we like to spread the gospel of all things rhythm & blues—early rock n’ roll and Soul, so we are comfortable in this environment. And yet, there are literally 105,000 people waiting for us to back up our every word and deliver the truth of our convictions. And so it comes—but not without further romance. Lead singer of AC/DC (none other than Brain Johnson) and bass player, Cliff Williams, greet us just before we hit the stage, a testament to the stand-up gentleman these men are, showing us support by just their presence, yet making us feel so much more as we soak in the essence of what staying true is all about, which is something we’d touched upon in our interviews prior. AC/DC, consisting of guitars, bass, drums and vocals, in today’s quantized computer-ridden music that dominates most airwaves, has broken a record today. Perhaps the pendulum (which has always swung in the favor of AC/DC) is coming back around to all things raw and real. That’s where we, Vintage Trouble, truly enter this picture. We hit the stage with guitar, bass, drums and vocals, throwing ourselves unto our convictions of soul music delivered with a primitive edge all our own—and it worked unbelievably well. It truly felt 105,000 VT TroubleMakers were before us, erupting after every song, responding to our every call like they knew the protocol, hands in the air, shouting out loud, dancing in this enormous field with the sun setting over the Austrian mountaintops just beyond. It was spectacular to witness—but to feel it before us was unbelievable, the crowd chanting “ZU-GA-BE” as we left the stage, which we later learned meant “Encore!” We’ve had some great shows, but this one truly felt like a life changing moment of transcendence. Thank you AC/DC, and fans alike, for keeping all things real and raw alive. We are honored to be on this tour, and humbled daily by the influx of support passed our way.





NYE Show with Willie Nelson

Time is moving fast, we are already at a 2014 Thanksgiving date again. Hope you all are with friends, family and loved once. We are tremendously grateful for all your love and support. We are back in Los Angeles writing new music at Studio R that we hope to share with you soon. We get to finish this beautiful 2014 with a new years bash in Austin TX with the one and only Willie Nelson and his family at the ACL.  Stay in touch on our Facebook, Twitter or our website



Swing House Sessions Canada Tour

Great to back up here in Canada. Our first show was Lee’s Palace in Toronto with a quick drive to Ottawa for our second show at Maverick’s. We Sold Out both shows and we have arrived in Montreal today. We haven’t been back here since The Montreal Jazzfest so we are very excited for tomorrow night’s show at Cafe Campus.

In a few day we entering the US borders again.
Here is the reminding dates of the Swing House Sessions Tour.
Of course also visit www.VintageTrouble.com

09/26 | Cafe Campus | Montreal, QC  – Buy Tickets

09/27 | Higher Ground Music | Burlington, VT  – Buy Tickets

09/28 | The Hollow | Albany, NY  – Buy Tickets

09/30 | Brighton Music Hall | Boston, MA  – Buy Tickets


10/01 | Underground Arts | Philadelphia, PA  – Buy Tickets

10/02 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH  – Buy Tickets

10/04 | Park West | Chicago, IL  – Buy Tickets

10/05 | Varsity Theatre  | Minneapolis, MN  – Buy Tickets


Swing House Sessions North American Tour

With the success from our Swing House Acoustic Sessions EP we decided to jump on a final North American Tour – join for the Swing House Sessions Tour!


09/07 | LouFest | St Louis, MO  – Buy Tickets

09/09 | Radio Radio | Indianapolis, IN  – Buy Tickets

09/10 | Bijou Theatre | Knoxville, TN  – Buy Tickets

09/11 | The Thompson House | Newport, KY – Buy Tickets

09/14 | Phases of the Moon Festival | Danville, IL – Buy Tickets 

09/16 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY  – Buy Tickets 

09/18 | The Hamilton | Washington D.C.  – Buy Tickets 

09/19 | Mill Point Park | Hampton, VA  – Buy Tickets

09/20 | Bottle & Cork | Dewey Beach, DE  – Buy Tickets 

09/23 | Lee’s Palace | Toronto, ON  – Buy Tickets 

09/24 | Maverick’s | Ottawa, ON  – Buy Tickets

09/26 | Cafe Campus | Montreal, QC  – Buy Tickets

09/27 | Higher Ground Music | Burlington, VT  – Buy Tickets

09/28 | The Hollow | Albany, NY  – Buy Tickets

09/30 | Brighton Music Hall | Boston, MA  – Buy Tickets


10/01 | Underground Arts | Philadelphia, PA  – Buy Tickets 

10/02 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH  – Buy Tickets

10/04 | Park West | Chicago, IL  – Buy Tickets

10/05 | Varsity Theatre  | Minneapolis, MN  – Buy Tickets

10/24 | Life Is Beautiful Festival | Las Vegas, NV  – Buy Tickets


For more info always visit us at:  www.VintageTrouble.com

Vintage Trouble - The Swing House Sessions Tour 2014

Vintage Trouble – The Swing House Sessions Tour 2014


Summer of Trouble Video

9 countries, 70+ shows. A brief peek at the Summer of Trouble tour of 2014. A special thanks to TroubleMakers around the globe for partying so hard with us. You all make what we do such a joy. VT

Strike Your Light (feat. Kamilah Marshall) – Single – Buy It Here 

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Vintage Trouble in Japan

We did our first show for Summer Sonic yesterday in Tokyo.
Thank you for all the beautiful support from our Japan TroubleMakers!

Vintage Trouble Japan TroubleMakers , Blue Note Tokyo Japan

Vintage Trouble Japan TroubleMakers , Blue Note Tokyo Japan


Vintage Trouble Summer Sonic Tokyo Japan 2014

Vintage Trouble Summer Sonic Tokyo Japan 2014 photo by Dai Nagata

After a great day of following press and media we flew to Osaka for another Summer Sonic performance.

See Video from Osaka, japan

Vintage Trouble Summer Sonic Osaka, Japan 2014


Vintage Trouble Japan TM's Osaka Summer Sonic 2014

Vintage Trouble Japan TM’s
Osaka Summer Sonic 2014

Vintage Trouble Summer Sonic Osaka setlist

Vintage Trouble Summer Sonic Osaka setlist

Summer Sonic Tokyo

Oh and we got a huge US and Canada tour coming up in September. Stay tuned as we have much to tell you. #SwingHouseSessionsTour

Love to you all,
Vintage Trouble

Our Tour Schedule Please Click Here





Vintage Trouble Japan Tour 2014

On Aug 14, 2014 Vintage Trouble  will depart for a tour of Japan.
First date will be the Summer Sonic #SummerSonic festival in Tokyo.

08/16 | Summer Sonic 2014 | Tokyo, JapanBuy Tickets 
QVC Marine Field & Makuhari Messe

08/17 | Summer Sonic 2014 | Osaka, JapanBuy Tickets 
Maishima Summer Sonic Site

08/19 | The Blue Note Club | Tokyo, JapanBuy Tickets
more info…

08/20 | The Blue Note Club | Tokyo, JapanBuy Tickets
more info…

for more Vintage Trouble tour dates please visit www.VintageTrouble.com




Vintage Trouble - Japan 2014 Poster

Vintage Trouble – Japan 2014 Poster

Swing House Acoustic Sessions – Now Available

We now have The Swing House Sessions EP CD on our website.

Click here to Buy the CD

Vintage Trouble  The Swing House Acoustic  Sessions

Vintage Trouble
The Swing House Acoustic Sessions

1. Lo And Behold
2. Run Outta You (acoustic)
3. Another Man’s Words (acoustic)
4. Never Mine
5. Blues Hand Me Down (acoustic)

Produced and Recorded by Vintage Trouble
Studio engineer Sam Martin
Mixed by Warren Huart
Studio Spitfire Studio
Assisted by Phil Allen and Sam Martin

Glastonbury 2014 Acoustic Performance

We had dreamt about coming back to Glastonbury after our 2013 performance as this festival pretty much top em’ all. They offered us to play the highly coveted West Holt stage with BBC TV coverage this year so we were more then exctited. Our chance to perform live on TV for the first time since Later with Jools Holland. Almost as clock work as our intro rolled and we walked on stage some seriously menacing clouds gathered above us and lightning broke out. After only 2 songs ( High Times and Blues Hand Me Down) they decided to evacuate the stage for fear of lightning strikes hitting the top of the stage. Ugh! Power downed we had no other choice then to leave the stage. First we got told the storm would pass in only 5 min and we could start again but after 30 min of thunderous amazon rain our last hopes of taking the stage again got to a halt. Our amazing TroubleMakers kept on thru the rain storm and we couldn’t leave them behind so we did the only thing we could do, performed acoustic in front of the stage.

On our way to Manchester, UK for the Grillstock Festival

for more touring info please visit www.VintageTrouble.com

ALL IMAGES BY: Neil Kitson

Queen’s Hall – Edinburgh Scotland

Summer of Trouble moved on to Scotland, Edinburgh to be exact. We got an extra day to enjoy this beautiful city in full. Queens’s Hall ended up a beautiful spiritual experience with all the TroubleMakers of the North and many from the South as well. We brought the amazing Cailean Hall-Gardiner playing great bagpipe on Not Alright By Me
and of course Amanda & Will getting one step closer to marriage.


Vintage Trouble Queen's Hall, Edinburgh Scotland

Vintage Trouble Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Scotland

Vintage Trouble setlist Queen's Hall, Scotland

Vintage Trouble setlist Queen’s Hall, Scotland

Summer of Trouble 2014 Starts Now!

Well, the 2014 Summer of Trouble tour has started. We just got of the stage at Santa Cruz Blues Festival with Chris Isaak, great event! Here is a US tour poster. Also look out Vintage Trouble in Europe, UK, Canada, Japan this summer. See you soon!

Vintage Trouble 2014 Summer of Trouble US dates

Vintage Trouble 2014 Summer of Trouble US dates

Summer 2014 US Tour Dates

We are excited to finally roll down the old familiar US roads this year.  We are bringing our favorite dJ Soul Selector Tom ‘Papa’ Ray with us to spin soul, blues, rhythm & blues and rock n’ roll! #VintageTrouble

Join us on Facebook     TWITTER    YOUTUBE

Starting of with a show in Portland with our friends at KINK.FM 101.9 as the run the Waterfront Festival again, this Saturday, May 24  – Click Here for more info 

Sunday, May 25  Santa Cruz CA   SantaCruz BluesFest. – Read more here
with Jackie Green, Rich Robinson, Chris Isaak

Wednesday, May 28 Tempe AZ   Marquee Theatre   – Read more here

Friday, May 30 Dallas TX  Gas Monkey Bar –  Read more here

Saturday, May 31 Austin TX  The Belmont  – Read more here

Sunday, June 1  Houston TX  The Continental ClubRead more here

Tuesday, June 3  New Orleans, LA  House of BluesRead more here

Thursday, June 5  Ozark AR  Wakarusa Music FestivalRead more here 

Saturday, June 7 Morrison CO  Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre supporting Big Head Todd And The MonstersRead more here

for more Vintage Trouble touring info, please visit


Japan Jam 2014 – Shaky Start

We are back in Tokyo, arrived here last night and got woken up this morning by a serious rumble, an 6.0 M earth quake hit right outside the city and it sure was shaking pretty good. Read more about it here
We are all well and no one got hurt. We are used to some rumble from California
We are ready to join Japan Jam tonight .

Hope to see you there. For more touring dates please see www.VintageTrouble.com

Vintage Trouble JapanJam 2014

Vintage Trouble JapanJam 2014

Vintage Trouble 2014 Japan

Vintage Trouble 2014 Japan

Vintage Trouble


SXSW Austin 2014

Vintage Trouble @ SXSW 2014


Vintage Trouble at Empire SXSW 2014

Vintage Trouble at Empire SXSW 2014

For more info please  go to www.VintageTrouble.com

much love,
Vintage Trouble

Prince Mentions VT in MOJO Interview

Read the MOJO interview here

Exerpt from the new Mojo magazine interview with Prince:

“People don’t understand real musicians anymore.”

In advance of his UK invasion, Prince invited MOJO’s Will Hodgkinson to his secret Caribbean lair, subjected him to a weird vetting procedure before waxing surprisingly candid in an early-hours interview that included an exclusive premiere of his latest album, PLECTRUM ELECTRUM.

On the state of the music industry…
“People don’t understand real musicians anymore. Jack White is great, he’s the real thing, but he isn’t having hits. Why aren’t Vintage Trouble or Lianne La Havas having hits?

Prince MOJO interview

Prince MOJO interview

2014 SXSW Dates Announced

Vintage Trouble will join the SXSW party in Austin TX
March 8 – 13, 2014 

Saturday,  March 8  11PM  Empire Automotive Services, 604 East 7th St, Austin, TX 

Tuesday, March 11  10pm @ Empire Automotive Services, 604 East 7th St,  Austin, TX

Wednesday,  March 12  6PM @ Clive Bar, 609 Davis Street, Austin TX
– more info about this event

…stay tuned for more updates



Vintage Trouble News April – May, 2013

Leno performance now on YouTube

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO Vintage Trouble with actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Vintage Trouble with actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Coachella Music Festival 13-20 April, Indio CA
See more info about Coachella

US Tour
04/26 | Blind Tiger | Greensboro, NC
04/27 | Sky City | Augusta, GA
04/28 | Mercy Lounge | Nashville, TN
04/30 | The Local 662 | St Petersburg, FL
05/01 | The Social | Orlando, FL
05/04 | Shaky Knees Festival | Atlanta, GA
05/05 | Beale Street Music Festival | Memphis, TN

Upcoming tour Japan, US Festivals

Much Love – Vintage Trouble

FREE Concert featuring Vintage Trouble – Saint Petersburg, FLORIDA

FREE Concert featuring Vintage Trouble – Saint Petersburg, FLORIDA

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

Mahaffey Theater
400 First Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Get More info here

Sunday, January 27th, Bud Light, 102.5-The Bone and 97x will kick-off Superbowl week (and the Pro-Bowl) with a FREE concert event featuring Vintage Trouble on the lawn at The Mahaffey! This is an outdoor concert for all-ages show. Admission is FREE and no ticket is required to enter.
A local band will start the festivities at noon with Vintage Trouble taking the stage at 2pm. Vintage Trouble is flying in for the show and they will kick-off their tour with The WHO the next day!

On the plaza, fans will have the opportunity to compete in mobile gaming challenges to win Bud Light prizes.
To add to the excitement, fans/listeners will have the chance to win a Bud Light Superbowl Party Packages

for more tour info on Vintage Trouble

Billboard Magazine Tastemaker Session with Vintage Trouble

Click Here to see the live performance!

See the photo session

Watch the band perform three songs in this Tastemakers @ Sunrise session and talk music, fans and pressure.

We shot this on top of the London Hotel, Los Angeles December 19th, 2012. Got a great view of the Hollywood Hills in the background. It was recorded early in the morning to the major complaints from hotel guests 🙂 We did 3 songs that morning Nobody Told Me, Nancy Lee and Blues hand Me Down. An interview with the band also got added. Enjoy!


Vintage Trouble featured in Guitar World Magazine

Vintage Trouble got featured in Guitar World Magazine – February 2013 issue.

Guitar World Magazine

Guitar World Magazine

I’m really honored to be part of this magazine! I’m a big fan of the magazine and I always read it myself to find out about new and old guitar players. On this blog we can chat about gear and guitar music in general. Let me know your thoughts!

Here are some cool links to some of the gear listed in the magazine:

Lazy J Amplifiers

Great Les Paul pickups from Monty’s Guitars

Guitar World Magazine

You can also visit Vintage Trouble at the official website www.VintageTrouble.com

Vintage Trouble – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Finally we got the video up on YouTube for you guys that didn’t get to see the performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Vintage Trouble with D.L. Hughley backstage at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Vintage Trouble with D.L. Hughley backstage at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Vintage Trouble with Jessica Simpson backstage The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Vintage Trouble with Jessica Simpson backstage The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Montreal Lemonade (rbd)

Lifetime musicians, despite all the difficulties, we really are the lucky ones and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have a career in music. Chasing your bliss really is something so few people get to do and somewhat of a secret to life I believe.  As many reading this may know, while on tour earlier this year supporting the Cranberries in Montreal, we had one of those moments where misfortune bit down hard when several of our instruments were stolen from us and it was a grind in those moments to say the least. Sometimes though, it’s this misfortune that forces us to take a step back, appreciate what we DO have even deeper, and often jump forward in ways even bigger than we thought were possible. True goodness and positivity can come out of these awful moments in life if we just stay open to the possible. They can also serve moments of great growth in our lives. I recently thought again to share this particular adventure to celebrate all the amazing energy that helped make this great story happen and to also thank those again for this love. To celebrate TroubleMaking the way only our community knows how.

As an opening act, you are blessed because you get to play larger stages and expose your music to whole new sets of crowds. Similarly, as a new band, you have logistical, budget, communication and time constraints that create constant challenges as well. Not being able to park at the venue and somewhere between our previous night in town and soundcheck, our van was unattended and two main instruments were stolen from us.   The first was a backup Les Paul that Nalle had borrowed from a dear friend of ours and the second was my main bass…a Blonde Fender 57′ ReIssue P-Bass Maple neck that was customized all my own and something tremendously special to me.   The love and time that we put into our main instruments, you can’t imagine.   I don’t know what to compare it to, but the feeling you get in your stomach when you figure out this part of your family has been stolen from you…it is a pain like no other.  Its tough to even imagine.  As we were literally on our way to soundcheck when we realized, the mad rush began to a) get a replacement so we could do the show in 2 hours, b) inventory in my head what else was also with the bass in the case when it was stolen and c) somehow keep processing all the emotions of the experience but also block it out as it got closer to showtime. The show still is most important thing.  It always is.

We managed to handle everything in the way of a loaner bass with the help of the local promoter and the show went off fantastic.  I think there is even plenty of youtube video from that night in Montreal.   It really was a great emotional show.   Afterwards though, it was back to reality, trying to figure out what to do next. I was trying to just breathe, not freak out and also just trying to pick up the lessons and stay open to what I was supposed to be learning from this experience. This is where things start to take a beautiful turn.   (Life can be funny like this).

We have a community called the TroubleMakers that supports us in ways I have never experienced anywhere else in music or life for that matter.   We can’t really call them fans because they are more like family to us.  They are so positive, so loving, and such a force amongst themselves…it simply humbles me to be a part of such a tribe.    Several of the key TroubleMakers, and in particular Adam and Lisa Kennedy, felt a particular outrage to what had happened to us once the news posted on our Facebook about the stolen guitars.  From their computers all the way in Newcastle, UK, they started a twitter campaign to blast the world with news, pictures and the serial number of my stolen bass.   They tirelessly worked and got other TroubleMakers to help do the same, reposting and reposting the story.  So much so that they reached the limit that Twitter allows for number of tweets in a day.  They then moved to other accounts and anyone that would pick it up as well…and in the process, the story actually began to take hold in a huge way. It started trending on twitter.  While we were driving all day to our next show in Providence, Rhode Island, we started hearing and seeing the story gaining more and more traction.  Through the help of the T.M. community, our management, and all of the constant pushing of the story, every pawn shop and music store in Montreal knew about the bass and I was even contacted by one of the largest radio stations in Montreal to do an interview about the story during drive time radio.   Even the awesome gig bag company that I use (Reunion Blues) offered me an endorsement deal from the story and they immediately replaced my bag for free.  Huge names were now starting to get wind of the story and repost and before we knew it, people like Zak Wylde and Peter Frampton and even Slash (a childhood hero of mine) had retweeted the story.  SLASH knew about our band and even emailed Ty to offer his help.  Incredible. With his help now sharing to all his followers and friends at this point, we now had something like 3 million posts of the story. It really helped push it over the edge and it was incredibly emotional for me how many people were just trying to help any way they could.

Over the next few days, the word actually got to Fender Worldwide on what had happened thanks to the constant online reposting of the story as well as the critical help of our manager Doc McGhee.   Doc put in the call and connected Fender even closer to who we are as a band, the story of the stolen bass, and our overall work ethic.  Once Fender combined it with the help we had from people like Slash, Fender UK and all the TroubleMakers, they offered up something they rarely do anymore…a full artist endorsement to me for Bass.  Insane.   My heroes have all played Fender and I have been a Fender guy most of my life.  To now have the support of Fender Worldwide, its a kids dream come true.   2 days later, I had a Blonde 57′ RI Fender PBass Reissue delivered to me and I can now call myself a Fender worldwide artist.  Montreal Lemonade was made in full and it was humbling beyond words.

Flash forward now to a few months ago where we got the honor of playing the same festival in Sweden with Slash.   We were backstage and I got the incredible opportunity to meet the man himself and even more important for me, I got to personally thank him for his help with the reposting of my bass story.   He had heard of the Fender deal I picked up from it and even made the great comment that “Twitter is good for some things”. Indeed it is.  Only for me, it wound up being good for so much more in addition to being able to personally thank a childhood hero for his help and goodwill.

To date, we haven’t gotten the stolen bass back, but I’m hopeful she will find her way back to me one day.   In the meantime, this story now represents something to me that is so much more valuable than what was lost that day.   To have such positivity be born from such a negative situation is a true testament to love and openness of the human spirit.   Everyone that helped in whatever little ways they could added up to something epic in proportions.  This was an incredible reminder to me that immense good can come from bad, especially if we stay positive and let it in.

I have so many people to thank for this and even more importantly, to where I am at in life.   I am blessed to have the friends, family, TroubleMakers, mentors and angels that I have as part of my fabric.  To all those who are under this beautiful umbrella, you know who you are and I thank you with all my heart.  Genuine Love is something that can’t be destroyed or stolen.  It is fantastically contagious and so vital.  I hope each of you know how much I truly do appreciate all that you have given to me.

The people you are, the love that you spread, and the lives you lead…

Thank you for lighting by example.