Yesterday while driving from Iowa to Missouri with the rest of the band, we pulled over so that I could do a phone interview. Top of the conversation I find out that the reporter had attended the 1967 Stax tour that featured Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Mar-Keys and more. When I first saw the recording of this concert it changed my life, my outlook on everything that I had done as a performer, and everything I wanted to do from that moment on. I had never seen such passion and soul and communion on stage before. Seeing this captured evening connected me to a part of myself I didn’t even know needed connection. It stitched together stage and life for me. It ignited my desire to have audience and performers become one during any given gig.
I had the opportunity to ask this man about details I thought I’d never have the answers for. Throughout our conversation he drew comparisons between what went down on that tour and what we do now as a band, it literally brought chills to my spine and a heightened pride of our art and mission.
Thank God for unexpected inspirations.
I’m not even sure if it was good interview but I will tell you this….it was a magical conversation.
To top the whole thing off I found this record in a store earlier today and had to have it…
Here’s some Sam and Dave from the 1967 Stax Tour
It’s amazing how long the power of one show will stay in your body and resonate as if it were still happening.
Los Angeles, a deeply sincere thank you for the amount of primitive, forward, passionate and wild energy that filled The El Rey Theatre on Thursday night. Our home town community brought all of these things and truly claimed back their ‘ownership’ of Vintage Trouble as an L.A.-grown band.
We dedicated this video to our dear friend and top TroubleMaker Nick Faigin who suddenly passed away days before this show. “It was important that we not do something all sad, but that we do something that was a jam”
Vintage Trouble with friends, Bradley Keys, Countre Black, Charlie Brumbly, Reina Hidalgo & Kamilah Marshall.
This was our official album release show, and as we looked into the crowd we saw so many faces old and new, and everyone was joining in the party. Hearing so many people singing every word of every song was decadent. It was like each person in the room was both on stage and in the audience all the same time, as lionel richie would say- all night long.
We have waited a long time to officially release this album to the states, and it is exciting that the foreplay is over, letting us take this relationship to the next level. These songs were written in this city; The roots of the music and character of the words are here. This release is a big, no, a HUGE deal to us on a personal level.
2 days prior to The El Rey show, we had the honor of performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! All day I kept thinking about all the TV performances that I have seen that over the years that have inspired me, and us, to do what it is that we do. We wanted to connect to the folks at home in that same way. It was our mission. It’s been a while since we did a big TV gig as a band, but it went off smoothly with the on-air filming feeling like one of our live shows. It is magical to share a moment like that with your musical brothers and have it captured forever.
We ended this EPIC week by playing our first show in San Diego, celebrating at The Griffin to a full, sweaty room. It reminded me of when we first started playing overseas where we landed in a city of strangers and left feeling like we gathered new friends and TroubleMakers. The people San Diego danced their asses off and made us feel welcomed. I think we can all say we made a great connection to that city.
This week confirmed why we started doing this as a band. Everything is feeling real and ripe and in the flow in America, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting and bringing The Bomb Shelter Sessions home.
– Ty Taylor