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KANSAS CITY BLUES-SOUL SINGER DANIELLE NICOLE FINDS HER GROOVE ON ANDERS OSBORNE-PRODUCED SOLO DEBUT
Ex-Trampled Under Foot singer-bassist makes Concord Records debut with August 21st release of New Orleans-flavored Wolf Den, featuring Osborne, Stanton Moore and Luther Dickinson
From the first notes of singer-bass player Danielle Nicole’s new album, Wolf Den, one truth becomes self-evident: This girl oozes groove. There’s so much funky, bluesy soul coming out of her, you wonder if her heart beats in syncopated time.
The Kansas City-raised daughter of musicians already had a solid blues foundation, but she found that groove — or new variations of it — in New Orleans, where she worked with GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne to craft her solo debut for Concord Records, set for release on August 21st, 2015 (international release dates may vary).
Having toured the world with her brothers, Nick and Kris Schnebelen, in the sibling band Trampled Under Foot, Nicole was well aware of the Crescent City’s formidable musical mojo. She had no idea she could fall so deeply under its spell, however, until she hooked up with the perfect shaman.
“He’s through and through New Orleans, and he really threw me heavily into the culture,” says Nicole of Osborne. “There’s such a history that you can feel…such an old beauty to it. Being down there was really inspirational and it added a lot more imagery to the songs.”
You can hear and feel that Big Easy influence snaking through each of these 12 tracks, from the tasty jazz-blues licks of “It Ain’t You” to the chunky Voodoo-Chile crunch of the rocker “Didn’t Do You No Good.” The funk gets particularly delectable in “How You Gonna Do Me Like That,” “You Only Need Me When You’re Down” and “In My Dreams,” which showcase Nicole’s versatility and range with nods to gospel and girl-group pop as well. (“Take It All” shows further appreciation of that genre; it’s one more example of Nicole’s willingness to both pay homage to and build on what came before.)
She’s equally fine with the torch-song nuances of “Just Give Me Tonight,” which soars into a downright dramatic showstopper before she brings it back down to earth. The slinky “Easing into the Night” is another charmer in an album so full of them, trying to pick favorites becomes an exercise in indecision.
Nicole calls the sound “blues-based roots,” and it’s clear those roots reach deep — straight to the melting-pot heart of American music. She discovered them early, thanks to her parents and big-band singer grandmother. When Nicole’s father heard her belting out Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at age 12, her destiny was clear.
Influenced by artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, the Neville Brothers, Sarah Vaughan and Janis Joplin (the latter of whom she recalls, “…a white girl playin’ the blues; I could relate…”), Nicole started gigging at 14 and picked up the bass at 18, when she and her brothers decided to join forces as Trampled Under Foot. As that band wound down after 13 years, Nicole formed her own band — that’s her regular keyboardist, Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic, tapping the black-and-whites on Wolf Den.
In addition to Nicole’s formidable bass work — which earned her the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Bass — the album’s rhythmic spine comes from tempo-master Stanton Moore, best known as Galactic’s co-founding drummer. Guest guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) lends his magic to “Waiting on Your Love” and Nicole’s cover of the R&B classic, “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”
Because of co-architects Moore and Osborne, she says, “The album’s got a great southern feel to it, without even trying.”
Finding a different feel — or at least, stepping outside of her blues-rock comfort zone — was the point. That’s why she agreed to work with a new producer in a new environment. “The beauty of home and what you know is that you can always come back to it if you want,” she notes. “But you should explore.”
Danielle Nicole is an American blues /soul musician from Kansas City, Missouri. Her self-titled solo debut EP was released March 10, 2015 via Concord Records. The self-titled EP features Grammy Award-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne, Galactic's co-founding drummer Stanton Moore and keyboardist Mike Sedovic. On February 25, 2015, American Blues Scene premiered the track "Didn't Do You No Good" off the new EP.
Danielle Nicole was previously in the band Trampled Under Foot with her brothers Kris and Nick Schnebelen. At the 2014 Blues Music Awards, Trampled Under Foot's album, Badlands, won the 'Contemporary Blues Album of the Year' category. At the same ceremony, Danielle Nicole, under the name of Danielle Schnebelen, triumphed in the 'Best Instrumentalist – Bass' category.