Vintage#18 Debuts with a Bullet!

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“…Robbin Kapsalis delivers vocals that slink through a smoky haze of Soul…” The Alternate Root, May 22, 2017

“…Grit is a solid debut.”  Blues Blast Magazine, April 27, 2017

D.C.-based Soul-Blues band Vintage#18 debuted at #5 on the Roots Music Soul Blues Album Chart, and have held the #1 spot for the last four weeks! Their album Grit reflects the band’s love of classic 60’s soul and blues, featuring original music from the band as well as their looks at ZZ Top and Bob Dylan, both of which get the serious blues treatment.

The buzz from their hometown of Northern Virginia speaks of the bands engaging live shows and the energy of Robbin Kapsalis. The reviews from Australia, Europe and the U.S. have been enthusiastic and airplay has been unusually strong. They agree that Vintage#18 is one to watch.

Vintage#18 chose to self-produce Grit, and a framework was in place before most of the album was written. One of the goals when they first started rehearsing was to make sure that the sound didn’t fit solely into a single genre, however, keeping the foundation of the blues. Other familiar elements such as soul, funk, and rock appear but mix in a way that brings unexpected experiences for listeners and dancers too. This idea worked well in live settings, so the album was approached the same way.

Performing together since 2013, the band started in the clubs near their home in Northern Virginia. Residencies in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are the backbone of a circuit that extends across the Eastern Seaboard. In 2016, they represented the Central Virginia Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Along the way, they’ve been fortunate to share the stage with several great performers, among them The Nighthawks, Billy Price, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and Albert Cummings.

They’ve always shared the same thoughts about music and, in particular, their live shows, “we’re here to move you, one way or another.” The sound reflects their love of traditional blues and soul but also the desire to bring it current for new audiences. Vintage #18 brings a high-energy show with hard-driving rhythm and groove that the band has become known for. Built on a framework of passion and dedication, the album features the unique sound of Bill Holter on guitar (a.k.a. #18), while the ground floor is laid down by Alex Kuldell on drums and Mark Chandler on bass. Soulful vocals are delivered by newcomer and bandleader Robbin Kapsalis and the collective good-mojo-getdown is provided by all.

Vintage#18 is excited about bringing their energy to festivals in North America and overseas.


Radio and Press Contact:

Betsie Brown, Blind Raccoon

Email or call 901.268.6065



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