Danielle Nicole: Wolf Den

The spirit of New Orleans runs through Nicole’s wolf pack.

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Danielle Nicole made her name as one third of blues-rockers Trampled Under Foot, but for her solo debut she teams up with guitarist and producer Anders Osborne.

It’s a propitious choice as Osborne brings his buddy Stanton Moore, of New Orleans funk machine Galactic, to play drums. And it’s Moore’s sublime sense of groove that lends the title track, Wolf Den, a deep pocket worthy of classic Wilson Pickett. How You Gonna Do Me Like That has a hook reminiscent of KC And The Sunshine Band’s Boogie Shoes and is just as infectious, while In My Dreams dances to an irresistible second-line rhythm. Nicole shows she has a wail worthy of Etta James in Take It All and proves she can wring out a ballad on Just Give Me Tonight, but it’s the soulful and funky tracks that really hit the home runs.

David West

After starting his writing career covering the unforgiving world of MMA, David moved into music journalism at Rhythm magazine, interviewing legends of the drum kit including Ginger Baker and Neil Peart. A regular contributor to Prog, he’s written for Metal Hammer, The Blues, Country Music Magazine and more. The author of Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film, David shares his thoughts on kung fu movies in essays and videos for 88 Films, Arrow Films, and Eureka Entertainment. He firmly believes Steely Dan’s Reelin’ In The Years is the tuniest tune ever tuned.