“His vocals are pristine! He's fantastic!”
— Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional
“If you ever get the chance to see him live, take it. You won't regret it.”
— Jeffery Gaines
“I was blown away... speechless.”
— Livingston Taylor
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When asked to describe his music, Jericho Vermont based singer-songwriter Steve Hartmann usually hides behind the closest fan or friend to help him out despite his 30+ years making music. As with most singer-songwriters, he’s hesitant bordering on uncomfortable categorizing his sound, boxing it into a genre, or comparing himself to more readily familiar artists, but to provide a point of reference, his most flattering description was bestowed upon him by a fan after her first Steve Hartmann show. “You’re like the ‘grey’ between an acoustic Dave Matthews and Damien Rice; I wanted to dance one minute, cry the next, and in the moments in between, I couldn’t help but find myself gently swaying back and forth. I was captivated the whole time.”
Steve started playing classical piano at age 12. The agreement between he and his mother was that he agreed to pay for them, and she agreed to drive him to his lessons. That continued for 6 years. In the meantime, at age 15, Steve’s mother also taught him the three most important basic guitar chords every beginner should know: G, C, D… in that order. Steve took it from there, pulling lyrics from his journal and putting music to them like a soundtrack. For years, this was his process… how he dealt with his adolescence. He always felt better after a song was finished, but he knew this is what he wanted to do the first time
Like a lot of aspiring musicians, Steve found himself in the restaurant business early. He attended The Restaurant School of Philadelphia right out of high school and graduated with a culinary arts degree, and went on to be a chef, which enabled him to play most nights. In between carefully preparing Chateau Briand and escargot, he met bassist Drew Breder. They formed the band, Simon, named after one of Steve’s closest friends. They released their first EP; a live recording on cassette tape, called Live ’97.
In his mid 20’s, Steve took a leap of faith and applied, and was accepted, to Berklee College of Music. He moved to Boston where he was a piano principle and double majored in stage performance and songwriting. He met and was taught by the incomparable Livingston Taylor, where Taylor said, “I was blown away… I’m speechless”. During his time in Boston, Steve met 5 other musicians to help him carry on the Simon name… so much to the point, that fans started calling Steve, Simon. They recorded and released Simon’s first, and only, full length studio album called, Sweet Angel. They started gaining traction in the Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia areas, and were being scouted by major labels, but after about 4 years of touring relentlessly throughout New England and the greater Philadelphia tri-state area, Simon dispersed, and Steve went on as a soloist.
Steve moved to Colchester, VT to be closer to his then girlfriend who was from South Burlington. After getting a quick lay of the musical landscape in VT, Steve went right to work, winning The Advance Music Singer-Songwriter Contest. Since then, Steve has married, has had a son, released his first solo studio album called Waking Up the Echoes, won Vermont’s Original Music Competition, books talent for 2 of New England’s largest festivals, and continues to grow his musical community through his love of playing and writing.
“Sometimes, the life we dream of it tends to fall asleep”, Steve sings of the things we dared to dream we could be when we were kids. “And sometimes, in the faces we meet, you can hear them cry for sweet release”, Steve speaks to the hope we can find in the people we meet along the way… hope for us all, that we can still dream, and achieve, together.
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Steve Hartmann Live
I'm returning to this beautiful mountainside eatery and brewery one last time before the snow melts. Come hang out, grab some tasty treats with some local music!
Dinner and a show with Steve Hartmann
I'm excited to announce my first appearance at this legendary listening room in the quaint town of Brandon, VT. This will truly be a unique Steve Hartmann music experience, as it's dinner and a show! Come join me and rest of the 49 other guests for dinner. Doors are at 6pm, dinner shortly to follow, show at 7:30, a short set break to hang out and have dessert, then an hour final set. New 2019 merch will be available! Come enjoy what will be sure to be an inspiring evening with family, friends, and music.
Steve Hartmann Live
This is my first headlining show at this historic church in the heart of Westford, VT. The acoustics are, well, it's a church, so awwwwesooommmmeee!!! Come be part of what will prove to be one of the most intimate shows he'll ever put on.
I'm back at my favorite local place to play and hang out. Come out for some excellent food and craft beers!
Colchester Summer Concert Series
I'm honored to have been asked to play this awesome Summer concert series held right on the water in Mallets Bay, Colchester. Bring a picnic, BYOB, free admission! I'll be joined by violinist, Jane Kittredge and percussionist, Dan Gregoire.
Shelburne Summer Concert Series
I'm honored to play this historic and beautiful location overlooking some of the most breath taking views in VT. Bring a picnic, BYOB, your favorite person, and kick back and enjoy the evening. I'll be joined by Jane Kittredge on violin.
Rutland Summer Concert Music Series
I'm headed a bit south to play a wonderful Summer Concert Music Series on Main Street in Rutland, VT. Grab a picnic, BYOB, and kick back and enjoy the sweet sounds of Summer.
Killington Summer Concert Series
I'm honored to have been asked to play the Summer Concert Series at Killington, held at the Shelburne Memorial Library. Pack a picnic, byob, and enjoy!
Wind down the end of Summer at this Richmond local hot spot! Grab some friends and family, some great grub, delicious brews, and relax to the sweet tunes of Summer.
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