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ACL Fest Band of the Day: Vintage Trouble

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 25, 2013

From: Hollywood, Ca.


ACL set: 5:45 p.m. Sat., Austin Ventures

In 50 words or so:Forgoing blasts of brass and cranking out raucous guitar-driven dance floor destroyers this band of old school revivalists puts the rock back in rock and soul −except when they slow it down to gut bucket blues and vocalist Ty Taylor croons the kind of pure hurt you feel deep in your bones.

Could share a bill with: Alabama Shakes, The Heavy, Gary Clark Jr.

They’re not Brits but… Manager Doc McGhee who also works with KISS, Motley Crüe and Bon Jovi decided to break them in Britain and build their buzz overseas before trying to hit it big stateside. Their success in this endeavor lead to, among other things, vocalist Taylor fronting Queen for Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday celebration in London.