Multiple Blues Music Award winner Nick Schnebelen today releases his long-awaited, high-powered rock-blues album, What Key Is Trouble In? Nick got his introduction to the blues community in 2008, along with siblings Danielle and Kris, as a founding member of Trampled Under Foot. That same year they overwhelmed the competition to with the International Blues Challenge, Nick claiming the Albert King Award for “Best Guitarist.” Since leaving the band in 2014, he has released three original albums under his name.
The new, all-original 13-track album sees him hitting his stride with incendiary fretwork, right up there with Stevie Ray Vaughan, matched by a formidable singing style and songwriting skills. It features his core band of Adam Hagerman and Cliff Moore, with special guests Red Young (keyboards), Buddy Leach (saxophone), and Aaron Mayfield (organ).
What Key Is Trouble In? was co-produced with Chris Hardwick, award-winning producer, publisher, musician, and songwriter who enthuses in the liner notes: “Yes, I admit I am a guitar guy. Nick is flawless on guitar, a fantastic songwriter, singer, and simply a good person…”
In conjunction with the album release is the new video for “Ten Years After, Fifty Years Later.”
Last year Nick and the band toured in Europe as the opening act for George Thorogood and the Destroyers, as they have since pre-pandemic days — they have the pure blues power it takes to fill that slot. Lately they have been promoting the album release with tour dates in the Midwest and Southeast US, and headlining the BratGirlmedia/VizzTone showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenessee. Upcoming dates are scheduled for more of the US, Canada and Germany.