In his 2017 debut full-length album, ‘The Devil, God & Me’, Bartels confronts his pains and addresses his search for forgiveness. As described by No Depression, “Taken as a whole, Bartels channels a world-weariness in his characters...Above all the pain and despair, however, something else on this album shines through: hope. As you listen to the album you can hear the hope of redemption just within your reach.” -Matthew Williams.
Bartels spent the better part of 2017 traveling the country to promote the release of his then upcoming album. During that time, he garnered the attention of national outlets such as No Depression and performed live on NPR Music’s Night Owl sessions in New York City. Building from the previous year’s momentum, 2018 has marked a year of growth for Bartels and his band, The Stoney Lonesomes. With a new album on the horizon for 2019, Bartels and his band of brothers show no signs of slowing down.