|Birth name||Kristi Jean Branstetter|
|Born||August 7, 1967|
|Genres||Rockabilly, traditional country, honky-honky|
Kristi Jean, (August 7, 1967) also known as Kristi Jean Branstetter, is an American singer, songwriter and chef. Kristi Jean is based in central Pennsylvania and performs traditional country, rockabilly and Western swing music, often accompanied by her band, the Ne’er-Do-Wells. Kristi Jean has earned praise for her authentic vocal style and performances, with one reviewer claiming “Kristi sings as if Patsy [Cline] were reincarnated in her." Her first full-length album, Country-Billy Collision, was named “Album of the Month” by Sweden’s Crossroads Music & Promotion, and was called a “western-swing jukebox that pays you with trim and vivacious selections, all of which bounce agreeably along happy trails". Alberto Basarte, host of the “Blue Moon of Kentucky” radio program on La Adventura Americana Radio claimed the album “a real sound wonder…the album moves you immediately into the past.”
Early Life and Professional Career
Kristi Jean was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in nearby Howe. At the age of 10, Kristi Jean and her family moved to Boulder, CO as part of a transfer with IBM. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Theatre and Directing. She helped pay for her college education sining in bands touring throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and elsewhere. She was featured in several theatrical productions, including staring as Patsy Cline in the show “Always…Patsy Cline.” Kristi was a founding member of the band Rodeo Serenade, a popular local band in central Pennsylvania playing country and honk-tonk cover songs. The band was credited with revitalizing the dance scene in central Pennsylvania . Seeking a new creative direction, Kristi merged with members of another popular surf rock and rockabilly band in the area, the Delvarados, and formed the Ne-er-Do-Wells. Within 3 months of forming in November of 2018, the band had recorded it’s fist album, Country-Billy Collision, which featured guest performances from Sophia Johnson, 2018 Ameripolitian Music Award Winner for Best Western Swing Female, and Chuck Hughes from the psychobilly band Hillbilly Hellcats.
After graduating from college, Kristi Jean later attended the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado and completed portions of her training in Avignon, France. Kristi Jean specializes in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Kristi Jean is married to Steven Branstetter and has three children, Aden, Hayley and Seth. She is a dedicated animal loved and spends her free time with her two dogs, cat, four chickens and various other pets.
2017: American Roots (with Rodeo Serenade) EP; Independent release
2019: CountryBilly Collision, GAL Records
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- Radio interview with Don Bedell on 98.7, "the Freq" (WLEJ); Broadcast July 5th, 2019