By Phillip Smith; Nov. 20, 2016
Saturday, November 19, singer/bassist Danielle Nicole gave an exquisite performance to a sold out crowd at Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion, Iowa. Singer/bassist Nicole, previously of the Kansas City band, Trampled Under Foot, is now in command of her own band, consisting of the very talented guitarist Brandon Miller, keyboardist extraordinaire Mike “Shinetop Jr.” Sedovic, and the outstanding Jon Faircloth on drums. This troop of musicians is one of the tightest groups I’ve heard, and hearing them play live is truly an electric experience.
Nicole beautifully performed the tremendous “Give Me Tonight” by Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Anders Osborne, who also happened to produce Nicole’s 2015 Wolf Den album. Their performance of “Starvin’ For Love” was both joyous and riveting. Miller tore into some lush slide guitar on their deliciously haunting cover of Son House’s “Death Letter Blues.”
The first segment of the second set featured Nicole onstage alone, armed with acoustic guitar instead of her bass. She captivated the audience with John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery”, and a poignant delivery of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”, before taking on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.
A moment of remembrance for the great soul singer Sharon Jones (May 4, 1956 – November 18, 2016) was taken, as Nicole shared her memories of opening up for Jones at a music festival overseas. This ushered in a most fitting tribute as they broke out the funk in Jones’ “Nobody’s Baby”. Another tribute to a recently fallen musical dignitary was taken later in the evening with a terrific performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain”. Nicole sang this with intensity and heartfelt emotion as Miller payed a stellar guitar solo.
Although the band played for nearly three hours with just a smidge of a break, it was an evening which no one really wanted to end. This is what the blues is all about.
* all photos by Phillip Smith
|Mike “Shinetop Jr.” Sedovic|
|Danielle Nicole & Jon Faircloth|
|Danielle Nicole, Jon Faircloth, Mike 'Shinetop Jr.' Sedovic|