CD Review: Danielle Nicole – Cry No More, January 2018
Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society
Danielle Nicole’s new CD “Cry No More” will be out in late February, and it garners your attention! You may recognize that name from her outstanding bass work and vocals with the band Trampled Under Foot out of Philadelphia. That was her family band, with brothers Nick and Kris who played together for thirteen years. She had never touched a bass before then, but it soon turned into a part of her life. Two solo albums, this her second, she is known internationally as a singer, songwriter and super bass player. In fact, in 2014 she was the first woman to win the Blues Foundations Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass! That followed Trampled Under Foot’s “Badlands’ CD which made it all the way to #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart! She started out singing in an elementary school Blues for Schools program at age 12! Since then she has sky-rocketed to the top of the line, and has some real legends helping her out on this CD. Her vocals are clean and pure and powerful. Her song-writing is top-notch, and her bass playing. Well, she’s one of the best on that instrument too. There are fourteen songs on this outstanding CD with a surprise super bonus of a Bill Withers song. Bill gave her permission to do his “Hot Spell” which he wrote in the 70’s, but never recorded! Every song is a different story, and every song has a purpose and a perspective,” says Danielle. That’s outrageous! But let’s add in some of her friends on this CD and you’ll get a lot more perspective of her abilities, and direction. Sitting in on selective songs are Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Luther Dickinson, Walter Trout, and Sonny Landreth. Also featured is Brandon Miller her touring guitarist, and brother Nick! www.daniellenicolke.com is where you can find this gem. From top to bottom an outstanding show by Danielle and her friends, her music, her passion, and her songwriting gifts to all of us! “The whole record was like a dream come true.” “I got to do the songs I wanted to do.” Doesn’t get much better than that. Glad to be of help. Enjoy at your extreme leisure. One love. Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society.