Danielle Nicole’s solo debut album is already being well received by the public and the critics. Wolf Den debuted at #2 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart this morning. The album also reached #14 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart as well.
From the first notes of her new album one truth becomes self-evident: this girl oozes groove. There’s so much funky, bluesy soul coming out of her, you wonder if her heart beats in syncopated time. The critics agree:
“There’s plenty to be thankful for, starting with Danielle Nicole’s assured vocals and the level of presence and control in her delivery.” ***1/2
“Those who wanted to hear Danielle out front on vocals will find lots to enjoy here. The band plays well in support but this one is all about the voice and Danielle nails it, proving herself to be one of the strongest female singers on the current scene. Recommended!”
“The songwriting is strong and between Stanton [Moore] and Danielle there is a very solid foundation for the others to use as a springboard from which to reach for the top floors. If you saw Trampled Under Foot you know as solid a footing as she lays down she also is quite skilled at using the bass guitar as a lead instrument. Suffice it to say that the playing here is way excellent as all the musicians are used to the spotlight and shine when in it.”
“Formerly a bassist and singer for Trampled Under Foot, a band she shared with two brothers, this Kansas City lady goes solo via New Orleans recording sessions for blues-soul stuff that reflects both her hometown and the Crescent City.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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 Wolf Den.
You can hear and feel that Big Easy influence snaking through each of the 12 tracks on Wolf Den, from the tasty jazz-blues licks of “It Ain’t You” to the chunky Voodoo-Chile crunch of the rocker “Didn’t Do You No Good.” The funk gets particularly delectable in “How You Gonna Do Me Like That,” “You Only Need Me When You’re Down” and “In My Dreams,” which showcase Nicole’s versatility and range with nods to gospel and girl-group pop as well. (“Take It All” shows further appreciation of that genre; it’s one more example of Nicole’s willingness to both pay homage to and build on what came before.)
Nicole calls the 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 big-band singer grandmother. When Nicole’s father heard her belting out Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at age 12, her destiny was clear.
Influenced by artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, the Neville Brothers, Sarah Vaughan and Janis Joplin (the latter of whom she recalls, “…a white girl playin’ the blues; I could relate…”), Nicole started gigging at 14 and picked up the bass at 18, when she and her brothers decided to join forces as Trampled Under Foot. As that band wound down after 13 years, Nicole formed her own band.
Danielle Nicole and her band are currently in the middle of her first tour as a solo artist. A full list of upcoming dates is below:
Danielle Nicole Tour Dates
10/5/15 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
10/09/15 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
10/10/15 Kalamazoo, MI Kalamazoo State Theatre
11/10/15 Boise, ID The Reef
11/11/15 Spokane, WA Big Dipper
11/12/15 Seattle, WA The Barboza
11/14/15 Portland, OR White Eagle Saloon
11/17/15 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley Blues Club
11/18/15 San Francisco, CA Biscuits and Blues
11/19/15 Los Angeles, CA The Mint
11/21/15 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
11/27/15 Wichita, KS The Cotillion Ballroom
12/19/15 Davenport, IA Redstone Room
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