Has anyone noticed what’s been goin’ down in Kansas City these days? KC is home to many well-known blues artists such as Nick Schnebelen who is a founding family member of Trampled Under Foot, an award winning blues sibling trio. Nick’s greased up this new ride for the road. This is an important record because it is Nick’s first record since TUF and this record is the first live, raw debut of Vocalist/Guitarist Heather Newman performing her own original earth-toned rootsy approach to the blues. Listening to Live at Knuckleheads Vol. 1 is like flying down a gravel road in an old classic pickup with a brand new motor! The wheels on this ride shine through the dust! Nick Schnebelen Band welds together huge frame pieces of Blues, Rock and even some fast rocking swing, just to show off his mechanical skills. Also riding with Nick are Heather Newman on Vocals, guitar, Cliff Moore on Bass, and Joe Voye on Drums. Whether it’s an electric guitar, lap-steel, dobro, Nick plays all of them on this record.
Nick’s guitar has always been a focal point in his musical journeys. His style is unique and original, yet familiar and easily to relate. Vocally, Nick strives for a balance of clarity and growl. He pulls at the blues and roots musical spectrum drawing from a century of blues music- He balances warm guitar tones and soulful rhythms. His writing is a mixed bag of swing, stomp blues. One song is a hobo in a suit and the next one is an uptown swinger strutting searing bright tones.
On this record, Nick writes dark simple chunky riffs with a searing tone he gets just with guitar and amp. This was hand built using simple tools. You just have to wait to see what rolls out of Nick’s garage next!
From: Nick Schnebelen Band