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Interview:
Vintage Trouble at The Fillmore, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The beat has been constant for Vintage Trouble during the past seven years.

The Los Angeles rock ’n’ soul quartet made its name on the club scene in its home town, the nationally with opening stints for the Who, AC/DC and Bon Jovi, among others. The group has released three albums, most recently the 2015 studio set “1 Hopeful Road.” Jay Leno liked the band enough to have it as the musical guest on his next--to-last “Tonight Show” broadcast in 2014, and Vintage Trouble was the hand-picked house band on “The View” for Whoopi Goldberg’s birthday episode in 2014.

It’s a lot of attention, in other words, but the group doesn’t ever rest on those laurels; In fact, chances are usually pretty good that Vintage Trouble will be playing somewhere on any given night you happen to look...

• Drummer Richard Danielson says that Vintage Trouble’s latest road trip, opening for Trombone Shorty, has been a win-win for both groups. “It’s great, man,” Danielson, 50, reports by phone. “His audience and our audience are kind of two of the same, people who come out specifically to hear live music and know what they’re getting into, and they thrive on it. His fans have been great.

• Vintage Trouble was picked by Detroit-born men’s clothing designer John Varvatos for his spring/summer campaign this year, which the group has enjoyed. “I think we’ve always been into fashion,” Danielson says. “Our heroes went to work in suits from the old Stax days on, so we’ve kind of taken that on early and evolved into its own thing. Sometimes fashion does dictate music, and vice versa. I think it’s kind of two and the same.”

• Vintage Trouble is in the midst of recording new material, including the recently released “Knock You Out,” though Danielson says an album might not be the result. “We’ve got about 16 tracks that are finished, so it’s kind of about timing -- When do you release? How do you release? What’s going on with today’s release world?” he says. “It seems like sort of a singles market these days, so we’re not quite sure if we’re going to put an entire record out. We might just start releasing tracks -- one, two, three at a time -- until they equal (an album), and then we can put out a compilation of everything. That seems to be the general thought, although things seem to change daily. But we will have a bunch of new material coming out in some form or another.”



• If You Go: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Vintage Trouble perform Thursday, Oct. 26 (doors open at 7 p.m.) and The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $20-$61.50. Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www,thefillmoredetroit.com

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