Patresa Hartman


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Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice, serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman's signature finger picking style becomes rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman's roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano. Hartman released her first album, the only way down, in 2014, receiving praise. “Hartman’s a clever writer, an honest story teller and a beautiful singer. This is an album that begs to be played.” -- Chad Taylor, Cityview Magazine, September 3, 2014 Her second album, Queen of Everything, was released December 1, 2016, in conjunction with a music video--a collaboration with the Iowa Ballet Academy and local filmmakers at DEFT. About the album, Joe Lawler from Cityview says: "Hartman is proudly carrying the torch of the Iowa Sound that dates back decades. Artists like Greg Brown, Dave Moore and Bonnie Koloc should be happy to know that Hartman is continuing the roots tradition they established while cutting her own distinctive groove into the Iowa landscape." -- Joe Lawler, Cityview Magazine, January, 2017