Yearly Archives: 2016

The 22 best rock drummers in the world right now

Which drummers sit at the top of the rock tree?

Richard Danielson chosen as one of the World’s Top Drummers by Music Radar/Rhythm Magazine!

2015 highlight: 2015 felt like the year Vintage Trouble finally broke. As a band on the lips of those in the know for some years, it was great to finally see them make ground, including support slots with AC/DC and a brand new, grown up rhythm and blues album 1 Hopeful Rd.

See the full list here.

 

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Istanbul Cancellation

In light of recent events, it is with profound sadness that we have been forced to cancel our performance at the Istanbul Jazz Festival scheduled for July 23. Our thoughts are with the people of Turkey. We hope to return to Istanbul in the future.

WIN an Ultra-Light Bass Signed by Vintage Trouble

Enter to win Rick Barrio Dill’s Ultra-Light Bass signed by Vintage Trouble!

The Ultra-Light Bass is Traveler Guitar’s lightest, most compact bass offering ever. Weighing just 3 pounds 6.5 ounces and measuring only 33 ¾ inch in length, this short 30-inch scale acoustic-electric bass can go anywhere you want to take it.

Second prize is a Vintage Trouble T-Shirt and Third prize is a Vintage Trouble CD.

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Contest starts April 20, 2016 and ends May 25, 2016

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Ty Taylor to Appear at the James Brown Birthday Family Bash

Ty will be performing at the James Brown Birthday Family Bash on May 3rd at The Bell Auditorium.

The Birthday Family Bash is a FREE Show honoring the life and legacy of the Godfather of Soul. The show will reunite 13 members of the James Brown Band with very special guests Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (FunkYou) and Greg Hester!

Visit JBFAMILYBASH.COM for tickets & more info!

 

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This story of a Sri Lankan drummer boy will tug at your heartstrings

When an LA rocker saw a video of a barefoot boy playing drums made of plastic bottles and tin cans, he vowed to find him…

via Telegraph.co.uk

Last February, a YouTube video touched the hearts of thousands. It showed a young boy, barefoot in blue shorts, playing drums outside a basic brick hut in a clearly hot, but unknown, country.

His kit was obviously home-made, constructed from old tin cans, plastic bottles and scaffolding poles, with random scraps of wood and sticks for pedals. Yet what made the clip so memorable wasn’t so much the makeshift equipment, but the huge passion and talent of the child, whose name, age and background were all a mystery.

The post went viral, quickly attracting more than 30,000 views. Soon it was spotted by Richard Danielson, drummer with the LA-based rock band Vintage Trouble, who promised to give the boy a professional Gretsch Catalina drum kit worth £600, if only he could be found.

“[The video] reminded me of myself when I was young,” he says. “I wanted drums so bad that I made a kit out of big steel 50-gallon drums and old bottles, and what have you, much like this kid, but nowhere near as elaborate. Thing is, this kid really has got some impassioned innate ability. It’s my true feeling that he was born to play the drums.”

Inspired, one fan, David Tradewell, 43, a digital marketing consultant from Brighton, based in New York, set about tracking down the mystery boy. “I thought social media is used for so much nonsense, usually involving selling s— and posting selfies, so for a change let’s turn it into a force for good,” he says.

Months passed before Tradewell traced the video’s original poster, Gayan Nishanta, a man in his 20s living in a remote village near Galle in southern Sri Lanka, an area still recovering from years of civil war and the 2004 tsunami.

He spoke barely any English, so a local fixer was engaged who discovered that the child was nine-year-old Wanni Pura Thushan Anushka Dulanjana, known as Anushka, living a few miles away with his father, a cinnamon farmer, and 14-year-old brother, while his mother, who worked in Qatar as a maid, hadn’t seen her son for two years. “When I found that out, I knew we had to make this happen,” Tradewell says.

Having appealed for donations to cover travel, on January 5, Tradewell left his wife and baby son at home to fly with the drum kit to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. “In Sri Lanka, items have a habit of getting ‘lost’ in transit, so we couldn’t just ship it out there.”

From Colombo, it was a half-day journey down dirt tracks, via the local Buddhist temple where a monk gave their mission his blessing, to Anushka’s “dirt poor” village on a hill. (Its elevated status had helped it to escape the Boxing Day tsunami.)

“So many people thought I was crazy to take on this assignment, so as we drew close I felt almost drunk with excitement,” Tradewell says. He had decided not to warn the family, who spoke no English, that he was coming, in case of mishaps, so when he pulled up, they were “completely perplexed”.

“Through our translator we explained to Anushka that we’d come from the US, because we’d seen him drumming on the internet, and had brought him a T‑shirt and a few CDs.

“But then we brought out the tom drum from the kit and he was confused. Next we showed him the snare and he said, ‘But this is not enough to do a drum solo.’ Cheesy as it sounds, I got him to talk through exactly what he would need, then I said, ‘Ah, yes, but I also brought you this,’ and we set up the kit.”

Still stunned, but smiling irrepressibly, Anushka started playing, with his whole extended family gathering to listen. “It took him about 15 minutes to adapt to the new kit, but then he was knocking out rock ’n’ roll rhythms,” Tradewell says. As they left, Anushka’s father kissed Tradewell’s hand saying he wished he knew more English, to thank him properly. “It was a bit weird and very emotional. As we drove off, we could still hear Anushka drumming.”

Different beat: Anushka with his new drum kit
Different beat: Anushka with his new drum kit

To Tradewell’s surprise, the kit in the video turned out to have been made by Anushka when he was only six. “It was so sophisticated, I assumed he’d had help from his dad.” Tradewell was especially impressed by the hi‑hat, or cymbal, “ingeniously” made from an old tyre and wood, rather than aluminium.

Drumming has been part of Sri Lankan village life for centuries. Drums are used to mark every occasion from births to deaths, for Buddhist ceremonies and to communicate between villages. “Although it was hard to talk to Anushka, I’m sure this is where he found his inspiration,” says Tradewell.

Figures show that about 6.4 per cent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people live below the poverty line, and 90 per cent live in rural areas. Boys like Anushka usually go into the armed forces or the police to escape their background. Few get any chance to explore any artistic talents.

“A few people criticised what I was doing as ‘white man’s burden behaviour’, the patronising colonial urge to interfere,” says Tradewell. “They said, ‘Anushka lives in a poor but proud and happy community, why disturb him by rocking up with a drum kit?’ But for me, it came down to the fact I will be able to afford to buy my son any instrument he wants when he grows up, but Anushka might never have the opportunity to fulfil his talent and his calling.”

Now back in the United States, Tradewell hopes to persuade corporate sponsors to donate more instruments for promising child musicians, not just in Sri Lanka, but in his adopted home, New York. “I’d love to take pianos to Afghanistan and guitars to deprived areas of Brooklyn,” he says. “Nothing moves people on an emotional and spiritual level like music.”

VT on Austin City Limits!

Vintage Trouble makes their debut on Season 41 of renowned TV show, Austin City Limits, on an electrifying double bill with Alabama Shakes. VT performs a blistering five-song set filled with the electrifying soul, blues and rock. Episode premieres January 2 on PBS.

VT performs a blistering five-song set filled with the electrifying soul, blues and rock of their recent album 1 Hopeful Rd.  Ty ventures into the audience for the set-opener “Run Like The River,” and in an ACL first, climbs through the studio to deliver the song’s close from the theater’s balcony. “Can we go back to the 1950s, and can we imagine that we are in a juke joint in North Carolina?” asks Taylor, and the Austin crowd is happy to oblige, on their feet for the entirety, hands-clapping and fists-pumping. A sweat-soaked Taylor lets his passion loose on the set-closing ballad “Run Outta You,” sparking a crowd sing-along that moves the charismatic singer to tears for a memorable debut.

“I’ve never seen anyone take command of a stage (and audience) like Ty Taylor and Vintage Trouble!” says ACL Producer Terry Lickona.  “It was a musical and emotional roller-coaster ride. People are still talking about that taping—and now so will viewers.”

Watch the explosive clips now!

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