Saturday, April 5, 2014

‘TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT’ On Limited-engagement Florida Tour in April!


‘TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT’ On Limited-venue Florida Tour in April!

“It’s not rock, we’re not a rockin’ blues band. We’re blues all the way, ...It’s high energy, hard blues. Freddie King meets Led Zepellin meets Muddy Waters.”

 - Danielle Schnebelen - Bass/Vocals, Trampled Under Foot

Trampled Under Foot (, 2014 nominee for ‘Band of the Year’ at the Blues Music Awards, will perform on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce and Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7p.m. at The Crest Theatre at Old School Square in Delray Beach. This hot young band’s most recent CD, Badlands, which has been nominated as 'Contemporary Blues Album' of the year at this year's Blues Music Awards, debuted at #1 on Billboard Blues, iTunes Blues and Amazon Blues charts.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. 
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139  (786)276-2629

Thursday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. 
117 S Second Street
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950  (772)461-4775

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 
51 N Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444  (561)243-7922

Band members are siblings Danielle on vocals and bass and Nick Schnebelen on guitar, along with Jan Faircloth and Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic. The Schnebelens grew up with the blues, soaking up the music of their parents, who were active in the thriving Kansas City blues scene. With this serious pedigree in hand, Trampled Under Foot quickly rose on the scene and took First Place in the Memphis Blues competition, with Nick winning the Albert King award for best guitarist.

“Trampled Under Foot is one of the hottest blues/rock bands in the country right now,” said Lee Babitt of Music Works, the organization producing the show. “This may be the last opportunity to see this powerful band play at such an intimate venue.”

Trampled Under Foot has been the recipient of numerous accolades. Their DVD From the Emporium to the Orpheum received a best DVD nomination at the 2012 Blues Music Awards.  Danielle Schnebelen was also nominated that year in the Instrumentalist—Bassist category.  In the Blues Matters Writer’s Poll (UK) they were chosen as Best Newcomer.  In both 2009 and 2012, they received the Pitch Music Award for Best Blues Band and were Band of the Year at the 2012 Blues Blast Music Awards.

TUF was formed more than a decade ago by siblings Danielle, Nick and Chris Schnebelen. Following a change in the lineup, the new TUF has embarked on a worldwide tour in promotion of their award-winning new release Badlands. In a recent interview with Mary Murry of Palm Beach Illustrated, singer and bassist Danielle talked about the history of the band and what fans can expect from their upcoming concert. What about blues music first appealed to you? 

Danielle: Our parents—the guitarist and I are brother and sister—grew up playing music in Kansas City and toured regionally. They did a lot of rock, and then eventually moved into blues. So, I've just been exposed to it since a very young age and just kind of fell in love with it as a youngster. 

Who are your biggest musical inspirations? My all-time favorite singer—other than my mom—would be Etta James. As far as bass goes, I really dig John Paul Jones and Willie Dixon. I love a lot ofdifferent music. The Beatles are my favorite band. I love Albert King, and Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder I've really been into a lot lately. 

When did you form Trampled Under foot? Our first show together was December 30, 2002. The core band was myself and my two older brothers: Chris on drums and Nick on guitar. We toured like that since then. Chris left the band in late January, so we've expanded by adding a piano and organ player by the name of Mike "Shinetop" Sedovic, and now our drummer is Jan Faircloth. They're both cats in Kansas City that we've known for years and they're just great musicians. What does the addition of the piano bring to the sound of the band? It helps Nick out a lot. The drums are doing what they're doing regardless of how many people are in the band, but when you only have one guitarist, he's got to play rhythm and lead at all times. So, when you have an extra rhythm player there—especially a piano player—then he has his left hand helping kick some bass too. It opens up the other musicians to really be able to relax and flow into the music. 

How would you describe Trampled Under Foot's music to someone unfamiliar with the band? I don't like the stigma that rock and blues have. We're definitely a blues-roots band, but I would say it's more like hard blues, because we do a lot of harder, funky stuff. And being from Kansas City, it's the town of swing so there's naturally this really cool swinging vibe to it. 

Do you do most of the songwriting for the band? No, Nick and I split it. I write the songs I sing and he writes the songs he sings. Usually we come out with an album every 17 months or so and we like to be100 percent original. We've always been 100 percent original on our studio work, except for this last album, Badlands, which we put "It's a Man's World" on. I was really split on doing it or not, because we're such advocates for originals, but we just had to put it on. 

What's your songwriting philosophy? My writing has really gotten a lot more groove based since I started playing bass, and that just has a lot to do with being directly involved with the groove itself as opposed to just singing over it. But being, also, a songwriter before a guitarist, sometimes these songs come to me vocally and then I put music to it. Or, I get a groove and I start writing lyrics to it. So, it just kind of depends on the inspiration. 

What's your general approach to covering a song? It just depends on the tune, actually. Sometimes, we'll cover some [Led] Zeppelin songs and we'll do it pretty traditionally because those are pretty planned out tunes. But, if it's just like a blues standard, we'll change it up a little bit. Any time you have a band that has a sound, that sound is going to be there regardless of what the song is. So, no matter what we do, it always sounds likeTUF. But, [if I choose a] slow one, it usually has a pretty personal meaning to me. If it's a funkier song, it's because I really love to get funky. 

Is there anything about your newest album, Badlands, sound wise that differentiates it from what you've done in the past? Oh yeah, it's completely different from anything we've done. To date, it's our strongest piece of work. On my songs, personally, my songwriting has matured a lot. I [have gotten] more into playing different styles of bass, not just in the blues but in different genres. And I [have gotten] into writing more and more; [my writing] has evolved and become more perspective based than story based. 

What's the touring experience like for you? Do you enjoy being on the road? Yeah, I do. I miss my son when I'm gone, but touring is part of the business. I love being able to not only see the world, but to be able to play music and feed my family doing it. I'm very blessed because I get to meet a lot of really cool people, a lot of really cool musicians...In the blues industry, we're more of a family than competition, and that's not always the case in other genres. 

Have you ever toured in Europe? We've been going to Europe since 2008. When we won the Blues Challenge in 2008, we were invited to play the Notodden Festival in Norway. We've gone to Norway at least twice a year, and we go to Scandinavia, the Netherlands and eastern Europe. 

What kind of response do you get from a European crowd? Oh, they absolutely love blues. They love it just as much as the Americans do. It's not more because they don't have as much of it over there, so they're pretty hungry for it. We're kind of spoiled over here because we have a lot of it. What can audience members expect from your upcoming performance? 

What kind of stage vibe do you all give off? It's really like a high-energy, grooving blues. It's a lot of fun. We're very passionate about what we do and we have a great time doing it. 

Project Renewal, Inc, the 501(c)(3) beneficiary for the Colony Theatre/Miami show.
Delray Beach Public Library, the beneficiary for the Crest Theatre Show.

About MusicWorks

MusicWorks specializes in producing live entertainment events for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. MusicWorks provides a full service, turnkey production solution, and helps clients leverage the power of live music to help them realize their fundraising and budget goals.  For more information, visit  

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