Trampled Under Foot
The three siblings in Trampled Under Foot - Danielle Schnebelen, lead vocals and bass; Nick Schnebelen, guitars and vocals; and Kris Schnebelen, drums - grew up with the blues. Their parents, Bob and Lisa, were active in the thriving Kansas City blues scene, playing in local bands and competing in the Kansas City Blues Challenge. Bob and Lisa's band never made it to the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge - but their kids did. When Trampled Under Foot arrived in Memphis for the 2008 IBC they were followed by huge, wildly enthusiastic throngs of hometown supporters, eager to cheer for their favorite musical family. After the band captured first place in the competition and Nick won the Albert King Award for most promising guitarist, it was not only a sweet victory for the Schnebelen family, but for Kansas City itself. Trampled Under Foot has been on a roll ever since, headlining shows at festivals all over the U.S. and Europe, and releasing CDs and a DVD on their own label (TUF Records).
After several heralded self-released albums, Trampled Under Foot debuts Badlands July 9, 2013 on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. On Badlands, the band worked again with producer Tony Braunagel at his Ultratone Studios in California. The drummer in the Phantom Blues Band, Braunagel plays some percussion on the album and recruited veteran keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal) to play keys. Johnny Lee Schell, who also recorded the album, adds acoustic guitar to one track and Lisa Swedelund provides some additional backing vocals. John Porter mixed the final results at Independent Street Studios in New Orleans.
Trampled Under Foot will be playing throughout the States and Europe as it goes on tour to support Badlands.
In the future, when people speak of the great blues dynasties - musical families who breathed the same musical air and produced the highest form of the art - chances are they'll refer to the Allmans, the Dickinsons, the Burnsides, the Brookses, the Neals...and the Schnebelens.