Kristine Kabbes grew up roaming the farm land of Aurora, Indiana. At a very young age, Kristine's parents encouraged her love of both music and a country lifestyle. Like many great singers, Kristine got her start singing hymns in the church choir. Her success as a young child in the church choir prompted her to explore different artistic expressions such as local theatre groups, show choir and musical dramaturgy around the Greater Cincinnati area. By the time Kristine became a teenager, she was the desired performer of the National Anthem at air shows, festivals and other events in the Tri-State area.
When tragedy took the life of Kristine's good friend and drummer, she and the band decided to take a short break to grieve and later came together and unified as The Skallywags. The rising popularity of the band led them to move to Nashville, Tennessee. They fell in love with Music City and have been based out of the city ever since.
In 2020, they rebranded; transforming The Skallywags into the solo artist, Kristine Kabbes. While Kristine is recognized as a solo artist, she still utilizes The Skallywags as her backup band during live performances. Kristine keeps busy touring, writing and working on various recording projects. She has shared the stage with many artists including Carly Pearce, The Cadillac Three, Parmalee, Diamond Rio, Casey James, Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Lorrie Morgan, Collin Raye and Bret Michaels.
Kristine recently released her newest single called "Beer Bottle Microphone." Her vocals are outstanding, with notes of traditional and modern country elements - think Alan Jackson's "Neon Rainbow" melody mixed with the sass of Carrie Underwood's "Dirty Laundry." She has a fabulous knack for storytelling, perfectly displayed by her fun-loving lyrics.
"My husband and bass player, Mike Dittmer, came to me with this song idea about a beer bottle microphone because we see this all the time at our shows," Kristine explains. "I thought it was a great idea and sat down with it."
Kristine is also regular performer on Nashville's famous Broadway strip, and, in our opinion, only the best-of-the-best play on Broadway...and Kristine definitely fits the bill. Although she considers herself to be shy, Kristine's stage presence is unmatched and she knows just how to get the crowd up on the dance floor.
We think it's safe to say that we will all be seeing Kristine perform on the big stage at CMA Fest one day soon. We can't wait to see what she has planned next!