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 24, 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.