FAME Review: Trampled Under Foot - Badlands
Trampled Under Foot - Badlands


Trampled Under Foot

Telarc Records - TEL-34493-02

Available from the TUF online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

These Kansas City, MO, siblings are one of the most dynamic acts performing on the blues circuit, or any circuit around for that matter, at this time. Another consideration is they are quite young, I don't think anyone of them is more than a year or so past the 30 year old mark, and yet when you slip this disc in the changer and then Danielle Schnebelen voice comes riding over the guitar of brother Nick, and the drums of brother Kris, and her bass you might call me a liar. This first cut is definitely not her strongest effort, however it is a good introduction to the group. While I am at it let me mention the job Producer Tony Braunagel did with this disc, that with both the music and the vocals just builds in intensity with each song. And mention also the addition of Mike Finnigan to play keys, Johnny Lee Schell acoustic guitar on one track and Lisa Swedelund for some additional background vocals.

The family is a musical one, mom and dad had their own blues band and that is where all this started. Having seen them come in to a venue you might say what am I doing here and what are these kids going to show me? I mean they look so bloody young and fresh faced and innocent, then they commence and you sit back a little deeper and say this is what is about. Just listen to the job they do and you might look again and wonder if your eyes are playing tricks on you. Give a listen to James Brown's, It's AMan's Man's Man's World, and you'll be shaking your head as you hit repeat and say, "God Damn! That had shades of Etta James or maybe KoKo Taylor all over it." It is that good—and catch them if they are in your area, they are worth it.

Track List:

  • Bad Bad Feeling
  • Dark of the Night
  • Don't Want No Woman
  • Mary
  • Badlands
  • You Never Really Loved Me
  • Pain in My Mind
  • I Didn't Try
  • Desperate Heart
  • Down To the River
  • Home to You
  • Two Go Down
  • It's A Man's Man's Man's World

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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