Danielle Nicole review…February 18, 2018…

DANIELLE NICOLE

CRY NO MORE

CONCORD MUSIC GROUP   CRE–00629

CRAWL–I’M GOING HOME–HOT SPELL–BURNIN FOR YOU–CRY NO MORE–POISON THE WELL–BOBBY–SAVE ME–HOW COME YOU DON’T CALL ME ANY MORE–BABY EYES–PUSHER MAN–MY HEART REMAINS–SOMEDAY YOU MIGHT CHANGE YOUR MIND–LORD I JUST CAN’T KEEP FROM CRYING

We’ve been fans of Danielle Nicole since she was a young’un in the blues band Trampled Under Foot with her brothers.  A solo artist and bandleader for a few years now,  she has just put the finishing touches on her latest release for the Concord Group, “Cry No More.”   On this set, she admits to taking chances within the writing of the material and the development of the characters in the songs.  She wrote the majority of the songs,  and she draws on love loss, hope, redemption and empowerment, often leaning on personal experience.  A strong vocalist, she pulls no punches in one of those empowerment anthems, as brother Nick Schnebelen adds guitar on a tale of a no-good lover, “Crawl on your knees if you want to get next to me!”   The sweetly-soulful title cut deals with letting go of things you can’t control, and the set closes with the gospel fire of Danielle and duet partner and slide guitarist Luther Dickinson, on “Lord, I Just Can’t Keep From Crying.”  She plays the “one you call when you climb up the wall,” on the stop-time romp of “Pusherman,” and the vamp with “Baby Eyes” out to steal another woman’s man!  This tune has a jazzy vibe, with great piano from Brandon Miller.  “Save Me” features guitar from Kenny Wayne  Shepherd, as Danielle falls under his spell and begs of him, “I need you to Save Me.”  Sonny Landreth’ is behind that slide guitar as Danielle weaves a tale borne at the Crossroads, where water turns to Red Devil Lye, “I’m Going Home.”  And, Walter Trout is on guitar on a modern-day “Fever,” as our heroine “feels the heat rise when you call my name, “Burnin’ For You.”

Our favorite was written by Bill Withers.  He stopped by the studio one day and heard Danielle on these sessions, and offered her a song he’d written but never recorded, dealing with two lovers consummating their passion, and indeed, find themselves in for a sho’ nuff “Hot Spell.”

Danielle Nicole is fast maturing into one of the most outstanding young artists in contemporary blues.  Please enjoy her best album to date, “Cry No More.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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