KC bands, club win international blues awards

Turns out there’s life after the Grand Emporium

When the legendary oasis of rhythm and blues near 39th and Main took a bullet a few years back, Kansas City' reputation as a top blues town suffered mightily.

No mas.

Kansas City standard bearers led by the band "Trampled Under Foot" won three of the blues industry’s most hallowed honors last weekend in Memphis.

TUF, as the band is also known — a power trio consisting of Nick, Kris and Danielle Schnebelen — won top band honors at the International Blues Challenge, sponsored by Memphis’ Blues Foundation.

TUF guitarist Nick Schnebelen also won the Albert King guitar player award .

Frank Hicks’ Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms took top blues club honors.

KC’s Doghouse Daddies also made it into the top 10 from out of more than 150 competing bands.

“Kansas City is back on the map,” says KC Blues Society co-founder Roger Naber.

Listen to Trampled Under Foot on their myspace page.

Hear the Doghouse Daddies