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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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  • Kellilynn Hudson

    Kellilynn Hudson Northampton Massachusetts

    I love your site. Can't wait to work with you. I have a piano ballad that needs you. Perhaps we can collaborate!! Cheers!! Love, Kelli

    I love your site. Can't wait to work with you. I have a piano ballad that needs you. Perhaps we can collaborate!!
    Cheers!!
    Love,
    Kelli

Waking up the echoes. recorded live @ coffee hill studios dublin ireland

My family. recorded live at coffee hill studios dublin ireland

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In-the-Round with Steve Hartmann, Ryan Sweezey, and Hanna Fair

Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT

Come see a Nashville style show with multiple artists on the same stage at the same time, trading alternating short sets. I'll be joined by Ryan Sweezey (2019 Advance Music Singer-songwriter competition winner) and singer-songwriter Hannah Fair. Come check out this special event on the Burlington Waterfront!

VIP Post Valentine's Day Dinner and a Show

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Garage Cultural Center, 58 State St, Montpelier, VT

This is a VERY unique and special event. To kick off Steve’s first performance at this beautiful venue in the heart of Vt’s capital, and for those of you that don't want to brave the hustle and bustle of Valentine's day, here's your chance to book dinner and show for the night after Valentine's Day. General Admission for just the show - pre-sales will be $10. Day of the show will be $15. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. Limited VIP seats will also be available by pre-sale only and limited to 10 openings. VIP tickets include VIP seating for the show, as well as a preshow dinner prepared by Steve himself! As a former culinarian and classically trained chef, Steve will prepare self-serve appetizers/hors d’oeuvres, plated entree with sides, and dessert will be prepared by Garage Cultural Center owner/operator, Jodi Kelly. (Menu TBD) BYOB. This show format is the brainchild of Jodi and Steve's - an intimate singer-songwriter evening with a meal prepared by the performing artist where the fans can come early to hang out, speak with the artist, get to know him/her, share stories, watch the artist cook (maybe even help if you'd like), have the meal prepared and served by him/her, then have a nice dinner altogether with the artist the rest of the VIP fans, where we can all catch up. As previously mentioned above, VIP dinner seats are limited to 10 total, and are by presale only (link to pre-purchase seats is forthcoming). $55 per person includes preshow access, dinner, and the show with VIP seating. VIP doors are at 4pm with appetizers/hors d’oeuvres, dinner at 5, general admission doors at 6:30/6:45, show at 7pm. Come partake in an intimate evening of music like none you’ve ever, nor will ever have again.

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General Admission Post Valentine's Day Show

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Garage Cultural Center, 58 State St, Montpelier, VT

This is where you get pre-sale GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS for Steve's Post Valentine's Day show at Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier. If you're looking for where to purchase VIP tickets for the dinner portion of the show, please go back to the "shows" portion of Steve's website and click the "VIP POST VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AND A SHOW" calendar date. For those of you who don't know, this is a VERY unique and special event. To kick off Steve’s first performance at this beautiful venue in the heart of Vt’s capital, and for those of you that don't want to brave the hustle and bustle of Valentine's day, here's your chance to book dinner and show for the night after Valentine's Day. General Admission for just the show - pre-sales will be $10. Day of the show will be $15. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. Limited VIP seats will also be available by pre-sale only and limited to 10 openings. VIP tickets include VIP seating for the show, as well as a preshow dinner prepared by Steve himself! As a former culinarian and classically trained chef, Steve will prepare self-serve appetizers/hors d’oeuvres, plated entree with sides, and dessert will be prepared by Garage Cultural Center owner/operator, Jodi Kelly. (Menu TBD) BYOB. This show format is the brainchild of Jodi and Steve's - an intimate singer-songwriter evening with a meal prepared by the performing artist where the fans can come early to hang out, speak with the artist, get to know him/her, share stories, watch the artist cook (maybe even help if you'd like), have the meal prepared and served by him/her, then have a nice dinner altogether with the artist the rest of the VIP fans, where we can all catch up. As previously mentioned above, VIP dinner seats are limited to 10 total, and are by presale only. $55 per person includes preshow access, dinner, and the show with VIP seating. VIP doors are at 4pm with appetizers/hors d’oeuvres, dinner at 5, general admission doors at 6:30/6:45, show at 7pm. To get VIP tickets, please go back to the "shows" portion of Steve's site and click on the "VIP POST VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AND A SHOW" calendar date. That will take you to where you can purchase the right ticket. Come partake in an intimate evening of music like none you’ve ever, nor will ever have again.

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The Tapped Apple Winery

The Tapped Apple Winery, 37 High St, Westerly, RI

Hey RI! I'm coming for you! The fine folks at The Tapped Apple Winery were gracious enough to let me come down and play some music for you all. Come out and play with me! Doors at 4pm. Show at 6pm $10 pre-sale. $15 day of show

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