XXI Century Blues - Present and Future of The Blues
Danielle Nicole - A Velvet Heart, A Voice Of Gold
A Velvet Heart, A Voice Of Gold
Danielle Nicole Schnebelen, who performs solo as Danielle Nicole, is a contemporary blues singer, songwriter, and bass player from Kansas City, Missouri. Raised in a musical family that included her blues musician father, Bob Schnebelen, she began her music career in her early teens, singing at local coffee houses and open mikes. In 2000, while active in various other Kansas City-area bands, she and her brothers, Nick and Kris Schnebelen, formed the soul-blues band Trampled Under Foot. The group went on to release a self-titled album in 2006, followed by 2008's May I Be Excused, 2011's Wrong Side of Blues, two live records, and 2013's Badlands, which won Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at the 2014 Blues Music Awards; Danielle Schnebelen took home the award for Best Instrumentalist: Bass. After signing with Concord Music Group, she released an eponymous debut EP in March 2015. It featured keyboardist Mike "Shinetop" Sedovic, musician/producer Anders Osborne, and drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic. Her first solo full-length, the New Orleans-recorded, soul-bluesy Wolf Den, followed later that year with the same core band.