Danielle Nicole review…March 8, 2015…

DANIELLE NICOLE

DANIELLE NICOLE

CONCORD MUSIC GROUP  CRE-37175-02

YOU ONLY NEED ME WHEN YOU’RE DOWN–STARVIN’ FOR LOVE–DIDN’T DO YOU NO GOOD–WANDERING HEART–YOU ONLY NEED ME WHEN YOU’RE DOWN (LIVE FROM THE BRIDGE 90.9 FM)–DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALRIGHT (LIVE FROM THE BRIDGE 90.9 FM)

Many blues fans wiill recognize Danielle Nicole as the singer/bassist from the group Trampled Under Foot, formed with her brothers Nick and Kris.  They have wound down after thirteen years and several critically-acclaimed albums, but Danielle has forged a path on her own.  She ventured to New Orleans to hone her deep-rooted, blues-based sound, this time with the help of producer/guitarist Anders Osborne.  The result is her self-titled six-song EP for Concord Records, with Danielle on bass and vocals, Anders on guitar, Stanton Moore on drums, and Mike Sedovic on keys.

These six songs show a somewhat defiant side of Danielle.  and Anders brings out her talents throughout the set.  Check out the ominous, percussion-heavy tale of a lover fighting a losing battle, as Danielle sings, “I gave you more than you deserved,” but “I Didn’t Do You No Good.”  The leadoff cut follows a loose second-line pattern, and it’s about another “sometime” lover, “You Only Need Me When You’re Down.”  The set closes with two acoustic tracks cut live at WTBG-FM 90.9 The Bridge, and served as our favorites–a stripped-down vesion of “You Only Need Me When You’re Down,” and a brilliant take on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why Danielle Nicole has become one of the most promising young players on the scene today.  Her self-titled EP is, hopefully, a harbinger of things to come, as a full-length album is due later this summer!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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