Ex-Trampled Under Foot singer/bassist/songwriter releases March 10 self-titled EP featuring Anders Osborne and Stanton Moore
Singer/bassist/songwriter Danielle Nicole oozes groove. There’s so much funky, bluesy soul coming out of her, you wonder if her heart beats in syncopated time.
The Kansas City-raised daughter of musicians already had a solid blues foundation, but she found that groove — or new variations of it — in New Orleans, where she worked with GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne to craft a number of songs, the first of which are showcased on her solo debut EP for Concord Records, set for release on March 10, 2015.
The self-titled EP features four tracks that were recorded in New Orleans with Osborne producing and playing guitar. Stanton Moore holds court behind the drumset, Mike “Shinetop, Jr.” Sedovic plays keyboards and Danielle lays down the basslines while also handling all of the vocals. The last two tracks on the EP were recorded live at Kansas City’s Triple A radio mainstay KTBG-The Bridge 90.9 FM. Danielle sang and played acoustic guitar in their studios doing stripped-down, intimate versions of “You Only Need Me When You’re Down” and Bob Dylan’s classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”.
Danielle calls her sound “blues-based roots,” and it’s clear those roots reach deep — straight to the melting-pot heart of American music. She discovered them early, thanks to her parents and her big-band singer/grandmother. When Nicole’s father heard her belting out Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at age 12, her destiny became clear.