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Monday, October 23, 2023

VizzTone artist: Nick Schnebelen - What Key Is Trouble In? - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, What Key Is Trouble In?, from Nick Schnebelen and he on top of his game. Opening with blues rocker, Ten Years After, Fifty Years Later, my man Alvin Lee is called to mind with it's driving power and effortless rocking. Nick Schnebelen on lead vocal and guitar really understands this style and doesn't copy Lee but has his energy with his own riffs and melodies. A great rocking blues. On title track, What Key Is Trouble In?, Nick really hits the R&B groove along the lines of Wilson Pickett, with excellent Albert King like guitar riffs. This is an excellent track with plenty of room to move. Backed by Cliff Moore on bass, Adam Hagerman on drums, Red Young on keys and Aaron Mayfield on organ, this is a tight band. Shuffle track, Pain Aside, has a real nice feel and showcases Nicks vocals nicely. With Moore's tight bass line and inventive blues attacks from Nick, this is a really cool track. Driving boogie, Jonny Cheat, will defy you to sit still without bobbing your head or squirming. This is BFG hot and one of my favorites on the release. I really like the swamp funky feeling of Throw Poor Me Out with the rat a tat drumming by Hagerman, and Jackie Lydon style vocals by Nice. His percussive guitar lead really hits this track perfectly. Wrapping the release is People Worry About Me, another track with that honest TYA sound> Nick's vocals are strong over a thick wall of sound. His guitar riffs are outrageous, almost like screams in pain, giving this track a terrific intensity that I love. Excellent closer. 

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