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"His recordings and live performances display an expressive vocal and storytelling style influenced by Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Jim Croce. Hartmann's use of a Seagull 12-string guitar, with its unique chiming tones, adds to the originality."
-Bill Meredith, Music Columnist, THE PALM BEACH POST
Balcony TV MIAMI
Bill Hartmann performs The One That Stayed. Interview by Ian Lutz, Balcony TV Miami. Filmed at Benny’s on the Beach
INDIEFLORIDA, BLOG TALK RADIO
WLRN 91.3 FM
Michael Stock interviews James Carry (The Good Guy), Carly Jo Jackson, Bill Hartmann, and Jess Taylor all set to perform in Vocalpalooza hosted
by Kevin Johnson of Conundrum Stages.
‘’Bill Hartmann has that rarest amalgamation of talents; clever but accessible lyrical stylings and a striking faculty for melodic invention to serve these thoughtful notions"
-THE AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS
Mountain Peaks, Mountaintop, PA
Singer-songwriter Bill Hartmann describes his latest CD, Just Like Water, is a collection of songs about life,
love and how time can change both for worse or better. This nine track CD was mastered by Grammy award
winning engineer/mixer Zach Ziskin and produced by multi-instrumentalist/producer Fernando Perdomo who
says “Hartmann is a great lyricist, all of his songs have awesome stories, lots of verses with good messages."
Matthew Sydney of IndieFlorida Blog Talk Radio says “Bill’s music features cadences reminiscent of classic James Taylor with beautiful harmonies lyrical finesse and outstanding 12-string guitar playing.” Stay or Go and Here Again are songs about difficult choices that must be made; while the lively America is Sleeping recaps events in our ever-changing world.
Hartmann has an interesting approach to writing songs. He says he uses the “movie in my head” method. He sees his song play out as a movie (in his head) before he writes the words. The title track, Just Like Water, is a movie he would have preferred not to see. It tells the story about the end of his younger brother’s marriage. Before its release, Hartmann previewed the song with each party. He won’t say who but, one requested him to write a sequel for their new life.
Bill is a native of Mountain Top, now residing in Lake Worth, Florida with his wife Gloria. All songs from Bill Hartmann's Just Like Water CD are available at iTunes.com.
Mountain Top native releases latest CD
Remembering his roots
The Times Leader, The Guide, Wilkes-Barre, PA - Sara Pokorny
South Floridian Bill Hartmann’s debut album ‘Now and Then’
is a musical retelling of his experiences growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Bill Hartmann still treasures a song he wrote in elementary school, so much so that it’s earned a spot on his first album, “Now and Then.”
“I Remember” is one of nine originals on the album, whose songs were all written while the Mountain Top native was in Northeastern Pennsylvania or had the area in mind.
Hartmann has lived in Florida since 1991, but he never forgot his roots.
Hartmann, who looks to evoke emotions with his music, is inspired by Harry Chapin, a folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his storytelling song style.
“It seems that I’ll put together a whole song trying to reach that person that may be experiencing the same thing, almost as a way to say, ‘Listen, don’t worry about it. It may get better, it may not, but either way you’ll deal with it and move on.'”
Two songs on Hartmann’s new album are attributed to friends Joe Agerkis and Bill Higgs, both of whom still
live in Mountain Top. He keeps in touch with both. He won’t say which song belongs to whom but will only discuss the subject matter.
“So Easy” is “about someone who always wanted to take the easy way out,” Hartmann said. “It was always ‘I know there’s a right way to do this, but I’m going to do it in the easiest way possible.’ ”
“Truth Hurts” hits upon social anxieties that befall teenagers.
“It was about a friend I went to school with who wanted to be with the ‘cliquey’ people,” Hartmann said. “They’d let him in when they needed something, but when they didn’t they’d push him back out. It was me trying to say to this person, ‘Hey I’m willing to help you out here if you’d just listen, but it’s hard when you don’t like me or really anyone else when you’re with this certain group of people.’”
Hartmann said he never imagined he’d make a CD.
“It just so happened that I talked to a guy at an open mic who owned a small studio. I’m so glad I had the chance.”