Saturday, May 29 | Country | Baker Tilly Main Stage | 5:00pm
Kirstie Kraus is a feisty powerhouse that lays it all out there each time she takes the stage. Her sound consists of modern country with a mix of blues, funk and 80’s rock. Kirstie moved to Nashville full-time October of 2017 and then jumped right into the creation of her first record after touring the Midwest with her previous rockin country band Thirsty Jones. Some of Kraus’ biggest influences are LeAnn Rimes, Elton John, Phil Collins, Amy Grant, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and various 80’s rock artists.
Kirstie has teamed up with EMC2 Records (Nashville, TN), Sound Kitchen (Franklin, TN) and 2Twenty2 Studios (Nashville, TN) for a full length record release in 2020. The anticipated ‘Yes You Can’ album which was partly funded by Kickstarter backers from her native state Wisconsin is eleven tracks in length and enriched with some of Nashville’s finest players including Rich Redmond (Drums, Jason Aldean), Ford Thurston (Guitar, Randy Houser), and Lee Turner (Organ, Darius Rucker). The record was mastered by Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Tanya Tucker, Zac Brown, Keith Urban) When in Nashville one can find Kirstie performing at local hot spots, in the writing room and studio, or booking her next tour. When on the road you can spot Kraus driving a 2000 Dutchman RV all over the country!
Her two singles “Delusional” and “Gotta Do” have been featured on the Top Ten Tuesday for Next Women of Country playlist, selected to air on Times Up Radio, climbed to #1 on She Wolf Radio and was picked up on country radio in the US and UK.