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TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT

Wrong Side of the Blues

2011-06-03

What kind of blues can three white-bread siblings from Kansas City possibly produce? Well, one listen to this new disc by Trampled Under Foot answers the question--rockin' blues with soulful vocals and signature electric guitar punctuation. Nick, Danielle and Kris Schnebelen were raised by blues-loving and blues-playing parents in K.C. and the gene pool produced another generation of bluesologists who upped the ante on mom and dad. This is rockin' set of tunes, with Danielle's smoky vocal chords a clear highlight. Etta James's B-3 guy, Mike Finnegan, adds some nice keyboard action and Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson blows the harp on "She's Long, Tall and Gone." But the sibs themselves are the show here, with brother Nick showing his guitar prowess in a number of places throughout the set; in 2008, Nick won the Albert King guitar award and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Danielle's voice scorches "It Would Be Nice" (written by her dad, by the way). Good job, kids--and they even let mom (Lisa) sing background vocals on "Get it Straight" and the title track. 06/11 MJVD B-Rock

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