“I’ll just play to whoever’s listening for as long as they listen. If and when the day comes no one wants to hear what I’m singing, I’ll just play for myself. I don’t know if I’d rather be heard by others or just get out the words—even if I’m talking to myself.”
Bartels sat down with Omaha Magazine’s Kyle Eustice for an in-depth look at what motivates his powerful brand of storytelling. The article can be read here online and in the September/October 2018 printed edition of Encounter.