One Track Mind: Vintage Trouble, “Blues Hand Me Down” (2011)

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Sometimes I hear a song and within a few minutes I manage to convince myself that everybody in my immediate area must feel the same way that I do about. By that I don’t mean that I’ve decided to start on a program of musical evangelism but that my world has been changed so radically that universal knowledge just seems inevitable. It just has to be!

That’s exactly how I felt after viewing the following performance of “Blues Hand Me Down” by Vintage Trouble on Letterman. I’d never heard of the band, saw a reference on Twitter, and was just blown away by the tune. Their website provides a great description: “Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music.” And that it is. What with Nalle Colt’s snarling guitar and the soul-on-steroid vocals of Ty Taylor, they deliver the song with an explosion of energy. Somebody told me that they seemed like The Hives fronted by James Brown. All I know is that they were so good even old Dave Letterman got excited.

Check ’em out. Pelvis-pushin’ indeed!

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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