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Cowgirl's Dream Concert
Starting with the time-worn tradition of western swing music, the Tacoma-based band was created with the debut of Kristi Nebel's album, DETOUR. Nebel brings her years of love in performing this music to her lead singing, with back-up harmonies and a few original songs from Steve Nebel. She says, "When recording my solo album we remained true to the tradition of western swing and found that that easily included songs composed by Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter as well as by Bob Wills and Hank Thompson."
Toby Hanson, accordionist lends his skills in arranging tunes as well as playing them. His background is as the young founder of the polka band, Smiling Scandinavians. He brings considerable musical expertise from studies at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laud. He has been awarded first place in the senior division of the Leavenworth International Accordion Competition for his outstanding performances. He produced the Kristi Nebel's solo debut CD, DETOUR.
Years of local dance drumming experience come from Tacoman Mike Friel. Rounding out the sound are the rhythm and lead guitar and bass of Steve Nebel and Kristi Nebel have performed all over the Pacific Northwest for the past 25 odd years as Pressure Ridge. Listeners and dancers in Ellensburg are familiar with their sounds as Pressure Ridge, a band that has played in fraternal organizations here as well as in Cle Elum and Roslyn. The duo has also toured with their original Americana music, under their own names. They've made seven trips thus far to the United Kingdom as well as a cross-country tour of the United States. Their names are familiar as performers in numerous festival venues locally and abroad.
In the past year the band performed in parks concerts in Port Orchard, Seattle, and on the Taste of Tacoma Festival stage as well as the Pacific Festival stage. They did concerts at the Skamokawa Grange and the Roxy Theatre in Morton, as well. Their album debut concert at A Rhapsody in Bloom in Tacoma was a sold-out event.
The songs the band play have been familiar to country dancers for three generations of Americans from sea to shining sea. As well, the group lends some self-penned Americana songs to the mix. The band has been seen in Ellensburg last July at the Gourd Festival and will be returning to perform at it for their third year this coming summer.