What Key is Trouble in
I’ve been a fan of Nick Schnebelen’s work for twelve years. His guitar mastery and song-writing make for some exciting electric blues. Schnebelen’s fourth album for Vizztone What Key is Trouble In was co-produced by BMA winner Chris Hardwick, featuring Nick being backed by drummer Adam Hagerman, and bassist Cliff Moore. Guest appearances from keyboardist Red Young, saxophonist Buddy Leach, and organist Aaron Mayfield lend their talent to this extraordinary thirteen-track album of all-original songs.
Title track “What Key is Trouble In?” rolls in on a funky BB-King inspired tide, and I dig it a lot. The beauty of “Blues Night” is in the moody atmosphere Schnebelen crafts. It’s surely a standout song. I love how the slow buttery groove of “Hard Driving Woman” pulls me right in to the pocket with Schnebelen filling it with rich tones and smoldering licks. I can’t help but think of SRV when “Poor Side of Town” begins. This is a wonderful serving of slow-paced Texas Blues. Boogying down with an infectious hill-country-blues-flavored riff, “Throw Poor Me Out” flows like moonshine from a mason jar. It a wonderful jam.
What Key is Trouble In? is surely an album blues fans will want to own. Schnebelen just keeps getting better and better.