Photo Credit: Kansas City Star MagazineSinger/songwriter Kristie Stremel hails from the town of Hays, KS, and originally got into music via playing Johnny Cash songs with her father (who plays guitar), as well as being inspired after catching a local Joan Jett concert. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 15, Stremel formed her first garage band. After relocating to Kansas City, Stremel began playing solo acoustic sets that consisted of half originals and half covers. She was invited to join alt-rockers Frogpond in the late '90s, contributing rhythm guitar to their 1996 debut album on Columbia Tri Star, Count to Ten (which was produced by Everclear's Art Alexakis). Two years later Stremel left the group, formed the power pop trio Exit 159, and issued an EP, Lost On Earth (1997), and full-length, A Song For Every Mood (1998) before the group split up in 2000. She returned to the studio right away to record as a solo artist. 

Stremel released The Detour EP (2000), and in the spring of 2001, Stremel issued her full-length debut, the country-tinged All I Really Want, on the Slewfoot label (produced by Lou Whitney). She released another full-length album with Slewfoot; Here Comes The Light (2003) before the label went under. Stremel again teamed up with friend and producer Lou Whitney, and released 10 Years (2006), and Color Of Stars (2010).  Stremel, who often jokes about barely graduating high school, also earned a Bachelors Of Fine Arts Degree from the University Of Kansas 2010.

On April 1, Stremel released Songwriter (2014) on her own label Stremeltone. This is her first self-produced album and will tour in the Spring and Summer.

Armed with coffee, her guitar, and a catalog of over 75 published songs, she continues to zigzag the US performing with a band and/or solo acoustic. 

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