Steve and Kristi Nebel bring passion, finesse, and beauty to their audiences with their songs of social justice, knife-edge observations, stories they have picked up in their travels, and pure, simple love.
They have traveled extensively, having done nine tours in UK folk clubs and festivals and toured the Midwest and East coast. They have recorded more than ten CDs, mostly of their own songs.
Kristi’s solo CD, for which she was nominated “western swing female performer of the year” in 2014, is a combination of traditional western swing and Steve’s Americana songs.
The Nebel’s style is informed by a wealth of experience playing their instruments and lending their voices to the other for a blend that exceeds the sum of two parts. They are known for their working portrayals of fishermen and common people in Steve’s songwriting.
“Raven Speaks” is a collaboration with Native American poet Duane Niatum. It is a commentary on global climate change using “Raven” of Native American mythology as a main character in some of the songs, and certainly in Niatum’s poetry.
About the songs in this project came the following quote: “I think some of the songs are really quite extraordinary . . .” –Bob Sherman, producer of “Woody’s Children” WFUV, New York, who also included it in his top ten album picks of the year for 2010.
Their most recent production, “Tandem”, is the most sparse of their recordings and features only the bass guitar, and guitar along with their two voices.
About“Tandem”: “‘Angels of the Road’ has held me captive since I first heard it. . . the intensity of this song sung live puts it over the top. ‘It’s only faith, something that you know. When the world has given up on you there’s a place where you can go…’ Kristi’s beautiful voice is powerful on this haunting poem.” — J.W. McClure, Victory Review
“It isn’t often one can hear people connected to their music. . .So many folks want to have a sound or image or be popular or all the whatever reasons people make music, and they’re so into . . . It’s easy to get caught up and lose touch with the source, the heart and soul place where music comes from. You touched my heart. I haven’t felt like that in awhile. Thank you much.” — Roy Douglas, Tacoma, WA
They also work with a third musician as the Americana trio, Cosmo’s Dream ensemble which has toured the UK, and Midwestern US. They currently reside in Tacoma, WA.