Trampled Under Foot bassist’s solo album will feature Kenny Wayne Shepherd
By David Sands
December 20, 2017
Danielle Nicole, frontwoman and bassist for the Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, is getting back into her own groove again with her soon-to-be-released sophomore solo album Cry No More. Slated for a February release, the 14-track album is a follow up her 2015 solo debut Wolf Den and features contributions by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Walter Trout (Canned Heat) and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth.
“I’m definitely taking more chances now,” says Nicole. “I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I’m reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I’m stretching out a lot more than I have previously.”
Produced by Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Burdon), Cry No More features nine songs written or co-written by Nicole, including the title track, which is about letting go, and “Save Me,” which features some sultry guitarwork by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Braunagel served as her co-author on five tracks.
Also appearing on the album is “Hot Spell” a tune by R&B great Bill Withers, who reached into his archives to find a special song for her after listening to her record at L.A.’s Ultratone Studios.
“Bill is one of my all-time musical heroes,” says Nicole. “We played him a couple of the songs we’d been working on, and he said ‘Come on, let’s go out to my car for a minute.’ So we were hanging out in his SUV, and he’s shuffling through his glovebox and he pulls out this disc and says ‘I’ve got this song; it’s a bit risqué, but if you don’t mind, I’ll play it for you.’ It was this demo that he’d done, with his daughter doing the vocals. It was real moody and had a great groove, and it was Bill all the way. He told me that if I liked it, I was welcome to record it.”
As you’d expect, Nicole handles the bass playing on Cry No More and is joined by Braunagel on drums and Johnnie Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt) on guitar. In addition to Shepherd, Dickson, Trout and Landreth, Nicole’s touring guitarist Brandon Miller and her brother and former bandmate Nick Schnebelen also make appearances.
Cry No More will be released February 23 via Concord Records. Those who want to check out Nicole and her band live can catch her next year as they tour the U.S. on the following dates:
1/28/2018 – Chillicothe, IL – River Beach Pub
2/21/2018 – New York, NY – The Iridium
2/22/2018 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
2/23/2018 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
3/15/2018 – Auburn Hills, MI – Callahan’s
3/16/2018 – Auburn Hills, MI – Callahan’s
4/6/2018 – Davenport, IA – The Redstone Room
4/7/2018 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
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