Where it takes some musicians numerous types of tricks, bells and whistles in order to create their musical message, singer/songwriter Steve Hartmann needs nothing more than his voice and guitar. After years as the front man for Acoustic/Rock band SIMON, he has now ventured forth as a solo artist with the impending release of his full-length debut album, Waking Up the Echoes. Hartmann started at age 12, taking classical piano lessons. After picking up a hand-me-down guitar from his mother at age 15, he finally gave in to all the requests for him to get a “real” show. Since then, it’s been a passion bordering on addiction. Sharing the stage with artists such as Jeffrey Gaines and Dispatch, playing venues such as The House of Blues, The Elbow Room, The Tin Angel, Club Passim, and Higher Ground, Hartmann has captured audiences of various sizes bringing groove and grace and a playful banter to every stage he steps on to.
Drawing upon the influences of his favorite performers (U2, Dave Matthews, The Counting Crows, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Shawn Colvin, and more), he crafts acoustic songs about his life and friendships in a variety of tones.