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Bartels’ songwriting voice boasts a consistency of perspective and personality able to wrangle it all. His lyrics talk to lovers, bartenders, prophets and city populaces with a fatal-feeling honesty — poetic and sometimes funny in its unhurried, matter-of-factness.
— Chance Solem-Pfeifer, Hear Nebraska
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Biography

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 through songwriting. Those that experience Bartels and his band, The Stoney Lonesomes, can hear the authentic emotion drip through warm soulful vocals heightened by a polished Americana sound.

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 emotional strife, spiritual conflict, and personal redemption.

In his 2017 debut full-length album, ‘The Devil, God & Me’, Bartels confronts his pains and addresses his search for forgiveness. As described by 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.” -Matthew Williams.

Bartels spent the better part of 2017 traveling the country to promote the release of his then upcoming album. During that time, he garnered the attention of national outlets such as No Depression and performed live on NPR Music’s Night Owl sessions in New York City. Further acknowledgment occurred when, ‘The Devil, God & Me’ debuted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers West North Central charts its first week and has most recently had music featured on Theo Von’s podcast, This Past Weekend.

Building from the previous year’s momentum, 2018 has marked a year of growth for Bartels and his band of brothers.Performances at Tumbleweed Music Festival, Levitt Amp Galva Music Series, ZOOFEST, and other festivals are just a few of the band’s notable appearances. With a new album on the horizon for 2019, Bartels and his band of brothers show no signs of slowing down.

 

 
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  Logan Bartels —Bass Guitar   Personal Bio  »

Logan Bartels—Bass Guitar
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  Jake Brandt —Lead Guitar   Personal Bio  »

Jake Brandt—Lead Guitar
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Bryan Keeling—Drums
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Latest News

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Sixthman Soundcheck Top 5 Finalist for Cayamo

Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes have been selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the Sixthman Soundcheck Cayamo edition competition! Round 2 of voting is limited to guests of the cruise and will determine the three Sixthman Soundcheck winners. Three winners will have the opportunity to board a cruise ship this February and play a week of shows alongside some of Americana’s best acts: Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, Dawes, Justin Townes Earl, and more.


Song Featured on Theo Von’s Podcast

Comedian and television personality, Theo Von, featured Evan's song, 'The Devil, God & Me',on episode #121 of his podcast THIS PAST WEEKEND. Watch here and hear Theo’s commentary about the song (3:00–10:11).

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NPR MUSIC—NIGHT OWL

Evan Bartels had the pleasure of performing on NPR Music's Night Owl session in NYC. Watch as he plays songs from his debut album, The Devil, God & Me, in an overgrown soccer field in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Music

As you listen to the album you can hear the hope of redemption just within your reach. You can hear it in Bartels’ soulful raspy voice and in the clear tones of the piano, and in the joyous jangle of the guitars; “Can you feel the fire/burnin’ like acetelyne/right through my prison walls?”.
— Matthew Williams, No Depression
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The Devil, God & Me (Released Sept. 23rd 2017), debuted #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers West North Central Charts its first week.

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Festival Experience

Festivals

  • Tumbleweed Country Music Festival (2018)

  • Zoo Bar Blues ZOOFEST (2018)

  • Capital City Ribfest (2018)

  • Celebrate Lincoln (2014, 2015, 2018)

  • Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)

  • Levitt AMP Music Series (2018)

  • 95.9 The Ranch Music Series in Ft. Worth (2018)

  • Lincoln Calling (2014, 2017, 2018)

  • Lincoln Exposed (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

  • Froggy 98.1 Frogfest (2016)

  • Schillingbridge Rhythm and Brews Fest (2015)

Notable Venues

  • Magnolia Motor Lounge
    Fort Worth, TX

  • Whiskey Jam at Winners Bar
    Nashville, TN

  • CMA Fest at Wild Horse Saloon
    Nashville, TN

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Contact

BookinG

Jimmy Dasher: Atomic Music Group | Nashville, TN

Management

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