Fans of Trampled Under Foot should take advantage of every opportunity to see the Kansas City, Mo., blues band perform, because at the end of 2014, TUF will be no more, as band members will be heading in new directions come 2015.
Trampled Under Foot will play as the third installment of the Summertime Blues series Tuesday at River City Restaurant in Wheeling, presented by Heritage Music.
Siblings Nick and Danielle Schnebelen grew up in Kansas City, Mo., where they soaked up the music of their parents, who were active in the thriving blues scene. Trampled Under Foot was originally formed as a family band consisting of Danielle, Nick and Kris Schnebelen. The trio headed to Memphis in 2008 for the International Blues Challenge and walked away from the competition with first-place honors.
Riding the wave of support following the IBC, Trampled Under Foot was ready to take their style of power blues/rock to audiences around the world. After a series of headlining tours and performances at blues festivals across the globe - including an appearance at the Heritage Music BluesFest in Wheeling as part of their IBC prize package - TUF earned the reputation as one of the hottest bands on the blues circuit.
While watching their fan base grow world-wide, the trio released multiple CDs and DVDs under their own label, TUF Records, including the highly acclaimed 2011 album, "Wrong Side of the Blues." The success of that album caught the attention of many throughout the music industry, and in 2013, the band partnered with Concord Music Group to release its major label debut, "Badlands." Hailed by fans and critics alike, "Badlands" revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band's years and provided further proof that Trampled Under Foot was the real deal.
"Badlands" brought home the award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at this year's Blues Music Awards. Danielle also won the award for best instrumentalist - bass.
Earlier this year, after brother Kris announced he was leaving the band, Danielle and Nick solicited long-time friend and fellow Kansis City musician Jan Faircloth to join them on drums. He brought with him years of experience as a musician in the Kansas City blues scene and provided a fresh take on the band's trademark sound. The addition of Faircloth inspired TUF to make other changes in their lineup, and the group added keyboardist Mike "Shinetop" Sedovic as an official member.
After 2014, Nick and Danielle each will pursue a solo career in music. Nick will tour with his own band and continue to build his one-man show as "Slick Nick," showcasing his talent playing guitar, dobro and drums. Meanwhile Danielle has assembled her own band, the Danielle Nicole Band, and will record her debut album. Kris will continue pursuing his career as a drummer and playing in various bands around the country.
"Words cannot describe the feeling of love and appreciation we've experienced over the years as being part of Trampled Under Foot," Danielle said. "We hope our amazing fans will continue to support each of us in this new chapter of our lives. To me, the end of Trampled Under Foot is something to be celebrated. Individually and collectively we have worked very hard for a long time, and we'll continue that tradition in our own capacities."
River City is located at 1400 Main St. in downtown Wheeling. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.heritagemusicfest.com/summer.