Nick Schnebelen has been playing guitar all of his life. Coming through over three generations of guitarists and musicians, in many ways, he is just another vessel for the spirit of music. Growing up in the blues scene of Kansas City, Nick knows many of the KC greats, those alive and those who’ve passed.
After cutting his teeth on guitar with father Bob Schnebelen, Nick moved out East in search of a new experience. Nick says,”Someone once told me, if you want to be known, you gotta be from somewhere else”. That stuck with him and led him to Philadelphia where he lived for nearly nine years. Hitting blues jams that very same week he landed East, he was playing shows the following week. Half a year later, at nineteen, he was playing most of the Blues and Rock clubs in New York City Manhattan in the Village. Nick, and friends Chris Schutz and Jesse Harris, and Justin DiFebbo formed the popular Philadelphia based Killing Floor later known as K-Floor. K-Floor brought high energy blues to an area where there wasn’t so much blues. This group was very successful up and down the East Coast for six years and got to open up for countless acts such as Johnny Winter (several times), Robin Trower, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, Steve Miller and James Brown.
For a short time Nick was a member of Buddahead, a New York City based Pop band and traveled all over the US for two years. Opening for Everlast on a national tour and getting to record with Jon Popper from Blues Traveler was just a few of the experiences they had. He received an excellent write-up in the New York Post for a performance opening for Everlast at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City in 2003.
Nick won the Albert King Award for most promising guitarist at the 2008 International Blues Challenge.
Nick plays a handful of guitars and amps. Among his stable is a 1969 Gibson ES-335 featuring an American flag on the front with pearloid star inlays. A 1991 Gibson Les Paul Custom, a Gibson Custom Shop left-handed Albert King ES-335, an American Fender Telecaster, a Gibson Flying V and more. Nick loves playing his Category 5 amps. He plays a 2×12 Andrew and a 2×12 Camille.
Nick proudly endorses Category 5 amplifiers