About Kristi Jean and her Ne'er-Do-Wells
Band name: Kristi Jean and Her Ne'er-Do-Wells
Brief Description: A three-way collision between 1950's steel guitar infused county, guitar-twangin' early rockabilly beats, and earnest Americana music. The band relives the energy of swingin' 50's honky-tonks, all with a their own twist.
Full Description: Kristi Jean and her band of Ne’er-Do-Wells have the hearts of rockabilly rebels. They share an equal affection for the western swing and rhythm and blues that came of age in the 1940’s and the rock-and-roll that emerged by the end of the 1950’s. From their tongue-in-cheek original music to their playful takes on popular tunes of the 50’s and 60’s, Kristi Jean and her band revive the energy of the old-school sock hop. Kristi Jean, who performed as Patsy Cline in the stage show “Always…Patsy Cline,” has earned the hearts of fans and critics with her rich, authentic voice. Steeped in the country music of her Texas childhood, with some rock-and-roll boldness earned singing in countless bars and roadside dives, Kristi Jean is what one reviewer called, simply, “the real deal.” The band sprinkles their rockabilly swing with the honky-tonk steel guitar of veteran picker Dave “Doc” Mudgett, the authentic 50’s twang from guitarist Steve Branstetter, and the cornerstone rhythm section of Chris Gallagher on bass and Sean Hershey on drums to deliver a strong dose of real retro attitude. A “don’t miss” show!
Kristi Jean and her Ne’er-Do-Wells first album, released in 2019, “Country-Billy Collision,” was named “Album of the Month” by Crossroad Music and is still a fan favorite. Their follow-up album, One More Time, will feature a lineup of new original songs and some “rockabilly-surf” treatments of old favorites.
Genre: Country boogie/traditional country/early rockabilly. The band has labeled the style "Country-Billy" or "Honky-tonk-a-billy swing."
“"Kristi Jean's badass Western swing pays homage to the feminist pioneers who paved the way. And charm? Kristi Jean and her band have tons of it."” - Rachel Cholst
“There is much to love here from a singer so honest with stories we can all smile with, through those wild roads, crazy fans, and all-round life-changing stories from a band who have seen it all. ” - Llewelyn Screen
“Kristi and the gang really hit the nail on the head for authenticity and style”
— Sophia Johnson, Ameripolitian Award Winner for Best Western Swing Female
“Album of the Month”
— Crossroads Music
“Kristi sings as if Patsy was reincarnated in her”
— Jim Allford
“A real sound wonder...the album moves you immediately into the past... ”
— La Adventura Americana Radio
“"Authentic rockabilly / country sound"”
— Post to Wire
“I love this album”
— Bruno Duquenoy, Pure Country FM
“[Kristi Jean and her Ne'er-Do-Wells] would make the Stray Cats proud with their bebop...and you must hear the amazing guitar...Their CD is a real treat for everyone, young and old.”
— Steel Notes Magazine