Take a little trip in a time machine to a big new life……
Twenty years ago a CD was released by a group of musicians who may have been one of the best bands you've never heard of.
The members of the Vinyl Kings have individually produced, written songs for, played on recordings by, or toured with such artists as Sting, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Dave Stewart, T Bone Burnett, Shawn Colvin, Shania Twain, Jimmy Buffett, Steve Winwood, Dan Fogelberg, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther, Kim Carnes, Peter Frampton, Bobby Womack, Carole King, Steve Earle, Bob Seger, Vince Gill, John Fogerty, Mark Knopfler, Faith Hill, Tina Turner, Martina McBride, James Ingram, LeAnn Rimes, Michael McDonald, Trisha Yearwood, Rosanne Cash, Wynonna Judd, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Lyle Lovett, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
In early 2001, the Vinyl Kings decided to try something new: to write and record a CD of their own original songs that would draw upon one of their greatest influences, The Beatles. One could say that their CD A Little Trip was a concept record, but the band would say that it was more of a homage to not only the Beatles but to a time in musical history that changed their lives forever.
The following are a few samples of press reviews from when A Little Trip was first released 20 years ago:
"Absolutely, positively, freakish channeling of the original spirit of the Fab Four amplified to 11. A masterwork of melodious metamorphosis." -- Heidi Drockelman, Indie-Music.Com, Nov. 19, 2002
"Only very talented musicians would even dare to take on such a project, and thankfully, The Vinyl Kings succeed." -- Gary Glauber, Fufkin.Com, Nov. 2002
"Some of these songs could have been hits for the Beatles." -- Spence Leigh, DJ, BBC Radio Merseyside, Liverpool, Feb., 2003
"This, by all means, is the real thing. The Beatle have split; long live the Vinyl Kings!" -- Mees van Ditzhuyzen, Beatles Unlimited Magazine, Nov./Dec., 2002
"The Vinyl Kings sound is eerie, reminiscent, thoughtful, fresh and just plain great!" -- Mark O'Neill, DJ, WAY FM, Austrailia, Feb., 2003
Vinyl Kings circa 2000