Evan Bartels is a lot of things, but above all else he is a storyteller. He has dedicated his life to living in a way that encompasses all facets of the human experience and capturing those feelings and emotions in his songwriting. The words that you can't find when you wish only to know someone has felt what you are feeling... that's what is put into his songs and they’ll grab you and resonate within.
Hailing from the small town of Tobias in Southeast Nebraska, Bartels grew up as the second youngest of four kids. Fostered through the family piano and his father’s Ovation guitar, interest in music was imprinted on him at an early age. The discovery of Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker album marked a turning point, influencing a change of course for his future writings. Several years and a few guitars later, Bartels, now 25, paints vivid pictures of personal strife, spiritual conflict, and personal redemption.
In his debut full-length album, The Devil, God & Me, Bartels confronts his pains and addresses his search for forgiveness. As described by Matthew Williams of No Depression, “Taken as a whole, Bartels channels a world-weariness in his characters...Above all the pain and despair, however, something else on this album shines through: hope. As you listen to the album you can hear the hope of redemption just within your reach.”
After years of playing the Nebraska music scene, Bartels has spent the better part of 2017 traveling the country on his Great Americana Tour. While on the road Evan has been garnering the attention of national outlets such as No Depression and performing live on NPR Music’s Night Owl series in New York City. With his newly released album debuting #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers West North Central Charts its first week, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Bartels and his band of brothers, The Stoney Lonesomes, are making honest, hard hitting, Americana Rock that is not easily forgotten.
Logan Bartels plays bass guitar in the Stoney Lonesomes. His playing features warm tones, great originality, and has been described, by many who hear him play, as being exceptionally tasteful. Logan is well versed in many styles of playing and, as the longest running member of the band, helps shape the songwriting and direction of the music as a whole.
Jake Brandt is one of the most creative guitar players in the business. Building off of traditional blues, country, and rock styling, Jake has an unmistakable sound all of his own. Much the same as when listening to Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn, you'll know it's Jake Brandt the moment you hear his first note.
Bryan Keeling has had a long and successful career as a drummer who has toured the world with acts such as: Shooter Jennings, Eric Sardinas & Big Motor, Fuel and more. His resume includes studio work for six Shooter Jennings albums, Waylon Jennings, Pink, Mya, Guy Sebastian, Macy Gray, Dionne Warwick, Lucy Woodard, and Jessie Coulter. In addition, Bryan wrote the track "Higher" heard on The Wolf by Shooter Jennings—described by Rolling Stone as "the outstanding track" on the record. "Higher" was also featured on the popular network t.v. show CSI. Bryan is the backbone of the Stoney Lonesomes and drives the music home with power and skill unmatched by anyone else.