Vintage Trouble, the four-man band from Los Angeles with rock, blues and soul–infused flavor, came to Salt Lake City’s State Room on Nov. 8. The packed house was filled with eager fans waiting to see their favorite plaid-suited singer and band play their signature hits. Ty Taylor from Vintage Trouble came onstage to introduce the supporting musical act, Desi Valentine, and promised the night to be filled with dancing and just a little sexy.
London native Desi Valentine is a bluesy singer who hints to a rock n’ roll–inspired mixture of Otis Redding and gospel. Valentine brought guitars, drums and a keyboard, reminiscent of Digital Underground, and topped if off with his signature vocals. Singing a range from his own songs about fate, love and his own influences, Valentine took an opportunity to perform a cover of the inimitable Nina Simone’s iconic “Feeling Good,” to the thrill of the whole audience.
After a quick trip to the bar for a refill on their favorite beverages, fans packed back in, shoulder to shoulder with enough room to sway and shimmy. Vintage Trouble took the audience’s hand and pulled them onto the dance floor with their high-energy sound. Lead singer Ty Taylor brought a sound that is both rough and soft and, accompanied by guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson, performed track after track of foot-stomping and hand-clapping good times for every listener. Without draining the rhythm and flow from their music, Vintage Trouble encouraged each performer, each part of the puzzle, to add their individual flair, giving the opportunity of each musician to showcase their obvious talent and passion for that collective throwback sound.