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Danielle Nicole

  • Date: February 23, 2018
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Address:
    227 Maple Avenue E
    Vienna, VA 22180

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Danielle Nicole has already spent years on the road touring with her brothers, Nick and Kris Schnebelen, in the sibling band Trampled Under Foot. However, this time around will be different. Singer-bass player Danielle Nicole and her band are embarking on her first tour as a solo artist in support of her forthcoming album Wolf Den due out on Concord Records on September 25th, 2015.

From the first notes of her new album 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. You can hear and feel that Big Easy influence snaking through each of the 12 tracks on Wolf Den. 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.)

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.

“People move to LA and New York to make it big and be famous. I just like to tour the music and play the blues,” Nicole says. “I’d love to have a hit and I write my music with honesty and the full intention of being the best that I can, but I’m not looking for the million-dollar house in the hills. I’m not looking to be a pop princess.”

“That’s what I love about the roots genre: You can have longevity and you can make a decent living at it. And you can explore so many other lanes of music,” she explains. Yes, you can travel wherever the groove takes you. And with talent like hers, that could be any direction she wants.

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