Getting to the Grammys is a journey a group of Arkansas teenagers find themselves on and to launch their music careers.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones once said, “Good music comes from people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it.”
That’s exactly what the band Vintage from Arkansas does, with a unique twist.
The four-piece rock and roll band of Zachary Glover, 17, Aiden Woolbright and Trevor Tucker, 16, and Taylor Bellott, 63, started out like most bands.
This dream led vocalist and guitarist Glover to bassist Woolbright.
“We chose it first because our parents work together,” Glover said.
After some practice, the two turned to Tucker, who plays keyboard and saxophone.
“We were doing a song and we wanted a saxophone, so we got Trevor,” Glover said.
Two years and a pandemic later, they found Bellott, who was looking for a band to join.
“Mark calls and says, ‘Are you a drummer?’ Bellott said. “Yeah, just looking for someone to jam with. He said, ‘How do you feel about playing with teenagers?’
Little did he know he was about to join Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.
“I was expecting a dad and a son, or a few sons, just looking for someone to play with in the living room or something. I showed up here and that’s what I got,” he said. Bellot said.
Inspired by the music their parents and drummer grew up with, Vintage’s signature sound is classic rock with a little blues and a little country mixed in for good measure.
They have original music in the works, but for now, paying homage to their favorite musicians is their daily bread.
When they’re not shredding covers of ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers and Cream, Glover, Woolbright and Tucker have a different, quieter gig to attend, but the classroom can be a pretty tough crowd.
“It’s kind of hard to, like, balance,” Glover confessed.
These aren’t the kids at your Alice Cooper School’s Out, we’re talking A-plus students with full workloads and extracurricular activities.
“Sometimes I bring my projects, I bring my homework and come in, you know, when we take a minute break, I do my job,” Tucker said.
From three o’clock and the weekend rolls around, the guys trade books for instruments and classrooms for music venues, including bars.
These teenagers are playing in places they aren’t even supposed to be, playing music that was popular decades before they were born.
“Where do you know this music from? When were you born? ” Woolbright recounted. “I was born in 2005. ‘That song came out in 1973. There’s no way you know what it is.'”
“That’s why I love playing with you guys,” Bellott said. “Because it’s the music I grew up with. And that’s pretty cool.
We can’t forget Glover’s classmates, Woolbright and Tucker.
“Overall they’ve been pretty supportive and positive,” Tucker said. “I think people like to see us, you know, chasing our dreams.”
Unfortunately, they don’t expect to see their friends in the crowd anytime soon.
“They can’t,” Glover said.
“I know a lot of people who come up to me and say, ‘You should tell me when the shows are and I’ll come,'” Woolbright said. “I’ll respond as if I ever get one that’s 18 and under, I’ll let you know.”
As for the future, the guys are just enjoying the slow ride, taking it easy, putting on shows.
“We’re just trying to get a lot of shows, kind of get the word out, because we could put out a whole bunch of originals like, just when we wanted to,” Woolbright said. “But that really wouldn’t mean anything, if no one knows who we are at all”
That doesn’t mean they don’t have big plans.
“I would love to go on tour, hopefully in the next two years, hopefully sooner than that,” Glover said.
Then there’s school, but they’re not ready to say “we don’t need education” yet.
All three said college was a possibility, but they wanted to see where the music would take them.
“Obviously I would love to have music as a career and play those guys,” Tucker said.
It’s been said, “it’s a long way to the top if you want rock n’ roll,” but it’s a journey Vintage has already begun, and Bellott said it has the best seat in the house. .
“I just have respect for those guys, because they overwhelm me with their talent,” Bellott said. “They are just amazing. They really are and I therefore have the privilege of accompanying them.
They’ll just have to make sure their homework is done before rocking out all night.
You can follow Vintage and find announcements of upcoming shows on their Facebook page.