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ACL Fest scene report: Vintage Trouble, the 2013 sleeper hit

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 12, 2013

Since I’ve already gushed about how amazing Vintage Trouble is when I reviewed the band’s set last week I’m not going to do a full recap. But now I think its time to go ahead and crown the band the sleeper hit of ACL Festival 2013, the band that was on no one’s radar going into the fest that is now a bonafide Austin fave. For their week two set Vintage Trouble drew a significantly larger crowd who seemed much more versed in the band’s material.

Not only did vocalist Ty Taylor change up his look, forgoing the ascot for a tie this week, the band also changed up the set list. Last week they brought Patrice Pike to the stage, this week they brought Austin blues-rocker/Janis Joplin channeler Carolyn Wonderland, ushering her in with a gracious introduction for a fiery rendition of “You Better Believe It.”

Crazy stuff that happened during the set? Taylor had the audience singing, clapping and, at one point, barking like dogs. Halfway through he urged the audience to make enough noise to let everyone at the festival know this was the livest party going down right then. And we all did, partly because Taylor’s amazing charisma could convince us to do pretty close to anything, but also because there was no doubt in anyone in the crowd’s mind that Vintage Trouble’s set was the place to be.

Close to the end of the set, Taylor got personal, talking about how we all struggle some times and it’s important to take care of each other. Then he blasted out a rendition of “Nobody Told Me” that was burning with revival tent fervor.

He closed the set the same way he did last week jumping into the crowd for an amazing breakdown then imploring the audience to hang out with the band after the show.

Once again, we all left feeling blown away. And looking forward to that Vintage Trouble club gig that, if there’s any justice in the world, will be booked in the not-too-distant future.