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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 has continued to learn and collect stories following the release of his 2017 debut album, The Devil, God, & Me. His experiences of touring throughout the United States and becoming a father have enhanced his perspective and widened his lens of the world. The past two years of his life have offered deeper insight and empathy toward the struggles of the human experience, and he clearly expresses this in his poignant and personal songwriting.

Storytelling has always been a fixture in his writing, and Bartels continues to evolve his narratives by digging deeper beneath the surface and clinging to an authentic message. He captures a moment and fleshes it out to its barest, rawest form, thereby creating a piece of art that—regardless of genre or setting—moves the listener. Bartels’s most current work embodies this action and directly reflects his mission to convey truthful narratives.

2019 will see the release of a new five-song EP: Promised Land. Divergent from his previous work, this release marks a transition into a new artistic phase and applies his aforementioned understanding of the world. Promised Land is a collection of songs centered on the art of breaking down one’s belief systems, habits, personality, and rebuilding a new person. Bartels says,

“These songs are love songs. They’re about loving myself enough to question everything I am and being willing to break myself down to my core so that I can find who I can be if I’m at my best. They’re love songs to my wife and son, and in them there’s a promise of giving everything of myself to them. I wanted to capture a transition in my life in a way that I believe other people can look at themselves and find common ground through vulnerability.”

This EP launches Bartels onto a new stage. After having music featured on comedian Theo Von’s hit podcast, This Past Weekend, Bartels has found a global audience. Von said of Bartels,

“I hear it all in his voice, sometimes people have that special gift and you can hear the whole world in them… there’s a lot of beautiful music out there but that boy’s got something in him. In his voice I can hear it all…I can see the whole timeline of everything. Sometimes that’s the gift of music, a voice and some lyrics come along and put it together for me. He did it.”

Evan Bartels isn’t holding back. With a full tour schedule, the release of his Promised Land EP, and a new full-length LP on the way, 2019 looks to be a promising year. During a time when we’re all looking for something to believe in, Bartels is preaching a much-needed gospel: live a life that doesn’t shy away from difficulty, but rather uses every aspect of the journey, its joys, and sorrows, to grow into the best version of ourselves.

 

Latest News

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Bartels announces new EP, ‘Promised Land’

(Releases April 26, 2019)

Promised Land is a five-song collection centering on the art of breaking down one’s belief systems, habits, personality, and rebuilding into a new person.

Song previews and artist commentary can be accessed via the Promised Land landing page.


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Sixthman Soundcheck Top 5 Finalist for Cayamo

Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes were selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the Sixthman Soundcheck Cayamo edition competition!


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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Performance Experience

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Past festivals and performances where Bartels and The Stoney Lonesomes were a part of the official lineup.

  • SXSW AMG Day Party at The Continental Club (2019)

  • NPR Night Owl Sessions, NYC (2017)

  • 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)

  • Whiskey Jam at Winners Bar | Nashville, TN (2018)

  • CMA Fest at Wild Horse Saloon | Nashville, TN (2018)

  • Haymarket Americana Series | Chicago, IL (2018)

Artists supported

Artists that Bartels has directly performed as support for in full-band and/or solo capacities.

  • Shooter Jennings

  • Chris Knight

  • Joe Nichols

  • The Cadillac Three

  • Cody Canada & The Departed

  • Mike & The Moonpies

  • Joshua James

  • Dead Horses

  • Ward Davis

  • Micky & The Motor Cars

  • Grady Spencer & The Work

  • Casey Donahew

  • Logan Mize

  • Parmalee

  • Cole Swindell

  • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers

  • Jason Eady

  • Shawn James
    and more.

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Media

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Contact

BookinG

Jimmy Dasher: Atomic Music Group | Nashville, TN

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