"That girl gets down to the nitty gritty." ~ Koko Taylor
Danielle Nicole Schnebelen began music from the moment she was born. Musical influences from generations on both sides of her parent's families ensured that a love of playing music would continue to be passed among her and her siblings.
Nicole began singing publicly with her parent's bands as a youth and took ahold of her full time in her early 20s. "My Father really loved the Blues. He'd go to all the true Blues guys that were around in KC, specifically Little Hatch. He'd played for Abb Locke (saxophonist for Muddy Waters) and we'd get brought along sometimes. The pure, raw emotion relayed through the Blues was what really drew me to it. Its history is the foundation of American Music and is THE one that must be respected and not buried as myth or legend."
As a founding member of the "Heavy Blues" sibling band Trampled Under Foot, she and her brothers took top honors at the International Blues Challenge in the US, propelling them into Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, UK and was featured on several Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises. It wasn't until 2015, when Nicole set out on her own with over a decade of touring experience with the release of "Wolf Den" recorded in New Orleans with Anders Osborne.
Nicole's "distinctive, inventive bass work"—which resulted in her not only becoming the first woman to ever be nominated in the category of Instrumentalist ~ Bass in The Blues Foundation's 2012 Blues Music Awards, but also the first woman to receive the honor—"is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot's bassist, now Nicole can't imagine life without it."
Nicole's 2017 release of "Cry No More" ushered in not only a heavier sound and style differentiating Nicole's already broadening voice and writing, but also accrued a slew of accolades including a 2019 Grammy Nomination for Contemporary Blues Album; 2 Blues Music Awards, one for Contemporary Female Artist and her second Instrumentalist ~ Bass, and 3 Independent Blue Music Awards.
Nicole is currently nominated for the 4th time in this year's Blues Music Awards for the category of Bass Instrumentalist. "To be recognized for artistry on my instrument, for bass as a woman, is extremely humbling. I was shocked to find out I was the first woman ever nominated, but I'm glad that the steps are happening and it's process is becoming more inclusive."
Brandon Miller isn’t the typical product of the small, Midwest town of Gardner, KS. From beginning to play at the age of 7, he knew it was going to be music that would be his driving force in life.
Throughout his years of studying music formally, educationally, and experimentally through high school and into college, Miller also had a desire to write original music. With musical influences such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa, he says “they are all extremely talented at their instrument; Warren and Clapton are incredible songwriters.”
Miller truly holds his own candle among the few able to truly speak through his instrument and is impossible to be stylistically confined to Rock, Country, Roots, or Americana.
Since joining Danielle Nicole Band as a founding member in 2015, Miller has released 2 of his own recordings; "LIVE at Knucklehead's" in 2017 and his latest entitled "Virtue and Vice" in July 2020. Visit www.brandonmillerkc.com to learn more about Brandon Miller.
"The ability he has to adapt his playing while keeping the intent, thought and heart pure at the same time is amazing. Meanwhile the tone... he's just got it all. We really work well together musically and go places to which I've never been; it's really a wonderful feeling being on stage and making music with him." - Danielle Nicole
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Cam’s deep blues roots come from his high school years where he constantly gigged and eventually opened for B.B. King on tour at age 18. He went on to be mentored by “Cry No More"'s producer (and Grammy-winner) Tony Braunagel for the last 16 years. Being taken under Tony’s wing brought Cam many special opportunities, one of which was covering the drum chair for a string of tour dates with actor Jim Belushi’s blues band, The Sacred Hearts.
Cam was delighted to join Danielle Nicole Band after years of knowing Tony and his work developing Danielle’s Grammy-nominated sound from “Cry No More”. From the first note hit on stage at the 2019 White Mountain Boogie Festival (there was no rehearsal), Cam felt right at home with Danielle and Brandon (also joining them that night was guest guitarist Monster Mike Welch, a welcome addition to DNB that evening).
“I truly admire Danielle and Brandon in so many ways”, Cam says. “They’re real-life super heroes both on and off the stage. Danielle pours her complete heart and soul out to the audience night after night, while simultaneously laying down a rock solid groove on bass. Brandon takes no prisoners when he plugs in his guitar and is so perceptive of everything that goes on in our live show. The two of them always go the extra mile and are some of the hardest working, naturally gifted individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
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