Steve and Kristi Nebel – Bio

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Steve and Kristi Nebel have lived in Alaska, traveled Western Canada, toured across the US, and spent the better part of a year in the UK playing a blend of songs that exceeds the sum of their two parts for whoever they could get to listen.  Steve draws his wealth of inspiration writing songs from the people and the issues of the times, raising a voice against injustice from time to time, not shying from knife-edge observations about the environmental changes surrounding all of us. Kristi says songwriters can never resist stuffing that four-letter word into songs: “L-O-V-E”.  Still it emerges, even after all these years of performing together, with music as a seemingly endless source of fuel and fusing of energy between them.  “Thank you, Kristi, for your voice, and your love that has come so far with me.” – Steve

Steve’s song lyrics weave in and out of nature themes, many of which are informed by his lifelong passion for the Pacific Northwest, and colored with characters from four generations of Washingtonians in his family. 

“I sing some of Steve’s songs in part to heal myself from what-ever has been eating at me at the time.  In addition to the joys some of these songs give me, they have been, on our long journey together, indispensable to the navigation of my soul through life’s twists and turns.”  – Kristi

They’re currently promoting their latest CD, “The Very First Time”.  It made its way into the March 2023 Folk Alliance International Folk Radio Chart of the top 50 projects played on folk radio programs.

“Raven Speaks”, the Nebel’s 2010 production with poet, Duane Niatum was chosen to be among the top ten albums of the year by Bob Sherman, host of the award-winning show “Woody’s Children” broadcast on WFUV, New York.

They’ve done nine tours of the UK wherein they played Fylde Folk Festival twice, Baafest twice, the Moor and Coast Festival in Whitby, Captain Cook Festival in Middlesborough and more.  They also play local Washington state festivals, such as the Applesqueeze Festival in Steilacoom for the past seven years. Their 2023 touring schedule of performances included being featured at Northwest Folklife Festival, played Spokane’s Sutton Park Concert Series, as well as the Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish, WA.  They sometimes work with a third musician (Gen Obata) as the Americana trio, Cosmo’s Dream with which they have toured to the Midwest, and in the UK.  Kristi’s solo CD “Detour”, for which she was nominated “western swing female performer of the year” in 2014 is a combination of western swing and Steve’s Americana songs. You can hear some of that and more at:  www.cowgirlsdream.sknebel.com.  Steve and Kristi currently reside in Tacoma, WA.

Contact Kristi Nebel at LL: (253)573-1504/Cell: (253)579-8267, or via email: kristi.steve.nebel@gmail.com.  You can write to them at:  P.O. Box 5764, Tacoma, WA  98415-0764. 

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