Following a hiatus of almost two years, the popular Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot (named after the song on Led Zeppelin’s 1975 album Physical Graffiti) has reunited. They’re playing Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, at Knuckleheads.
Three reasons we’re listening to Trampled Under Foot this week:
1. Originally a trio of siblings, Trampled Under Foot is distinguished by Danielle Schnebelen’s powerful voice and Nick Schebelen’s burly guitar work. They initiated the current blues revival in Kansas City.
2. Badlands, Trampled Under Foot’s fourth release, topped Billboard magazine’s Blue Albums Chart in 2013. That album’s “Dark of the Night” is a socially conscious song in the vein of the Staple Singers hits such as “Respect Yourself.”
3. Band reunions have become the norm rather than the exception in recent years. This weekend’s shows are billed as the band’s only Kansas City shows of 2016. Janiva Magness, John Nemeth and Albert Castiglia are on Friday’s bill. Brody Buster opens Saturday’s show.
Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.