Bring on the Blues: Act in Grand County festival showcases family’s talents |

Bring on the Blues: Act in Grand County festival showcases family’s talents

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
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When Trampled Under Foot sits down to write a song, it’s not hard for members to get on the same page. As siblings, the three musicians speak the same language, share similar memories and come to the world, literally, from the same place.

Trampled Under Foot is a family blues band – two brothers and a sister – who grew up in a musical family. Their mother still sings in a band and their dad is a singer songwriter.

Guitar player Nick Schnebelen is the oldest at 30. Drummer Kris is 29, the middle child, and the youngest is Danielle, 26, who sings and plays bass.

They’ve been playing together since they were children. And all that time together pays off on stage.

In February, the Schnebelen family band took first place over 100 bands at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis.

At the same competition, Nick won the 2008 Albert King Award for his guitar playing.

The prize was a custom Gibson Les Paul guitar and an amp, but the guitar was right handed and Nick is left-handed.

“They told him they couldn’t do anything about it, while they were secretly making him a left-handed 335,” said Danielle Schnebelen.

In many ways, Trampled Under Foot represents the next generation of the blues, keeping traditions alive even as they push the genre into the future.

“We don’t want to change blues in any way,” Danielle said. “We want to make sure it’s preserved when we’re dead and gone.

“It’s the most pure form of music. Pop music, country, even bluegrass all spurs from the blues. It’s important to know where it all came from.

“It’s your soul speaking. You can’t fake the blues. It’s pretty obvious if you do.”

Trampled Under Foot will play Sunday afternoon as part of the Blues From the Top festival in Winter Park’s Hideaway Park. (See the eight-page insert in today’s paper for a complete schedule.)

The band played Winter Park at Smokin’ Moes in February.

“Everybody there was so awesome. We’re looking forward to coming,” Danielle said.

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