In 2008, Trampled Under Foot won first place in the International Blues Challenge and Nick received the Albert King Award for “most promising” or “Best Guitarist”. Winning the International Blues Challenge with our family would be one of our crowning moments. It was a big payoff emotionally for us. We lost our father in 1999 to cancer and it was a big loss to our family so this was a win for him as well. Our parents competed in the Blues Challenge in the 90′s and didn’t make it past the finals in Kansas City so this was a win for the family name as well, and a win for Kansas City. We had so many people on their own come from Kansas City to support us. You wouldn’t believe the uproar when we won! Screaming loud applause. You could feel the intensity in the air! Directly after the competition, we were introduced to Ed Murphy from Notodden, the largest blues festival in Scandinavia. Ed really believed in us and invited us to Notodden in 2008. We had such a wonderful response Ed would bring us back again in 2009. That would be a success as well! We tour Norway two times a year and have so many great friends and fans there!
We also met Brian Slack from Canada who has had us to the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, where we were voted “best newcomer” in 2008. We performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2009. We love touring and playing Canada. It’s a great place to visit. In 2008, we got to play a show with Koko Taylor in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This was special to us because her and her band enjoyed us a lot and we got to sit and talk with Koko Taylor for about an hour or so. She even gave Danielle her address to write and keep in touch.
So far in 2010, we headlined a night at the Blues from the Top Blues Festival in Winter Park Colorado. We had a great three week club tour of Norway, Sweden, and Poland; all great shows really getting to the fans. We also played the Sierre Blues Festival in Switzerland. We are just now leaving again for another two week Norway trip. We also will be making a third appearance to the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in January where we plan to release our new record we are recording with Tony Braunegel as producer.
Many special shows have came from all of this exposure to the music industry. We continue to improve our music, our own instruments, and our business. Not very many bands are like us, or have been given the opportunities we have, so we work hard to make the most out of everything that comes our way.
We have done quite a bit over the last two years. We have been on our own and still have maintained a presence in U.S., Canada, Northern and Southern Europe. Now that we are signed to Intrepid Artists Booking Agency, we can get anywhere we are needed or wanted.