Hailing from the small town of Tobias in Southeast Nebraska, Bartels grew up as the second youngest of four kids.
Interest in music was fostered at an early age through the family piano and his father’s Ovation guitar. Rural living offered plenty of time and inspiration for early musical growth, prompting Evan to pursue music more actively. The discovery of Ryan Adams
album marked a turning point, influencing a change of course for his future writings. Several years and a few guitars later, Bartels, now 24, paints vivid pictures of personal strife, spiritual conflict, and personal redemption. In his debut full-length album, The Devil, God & Me
, Bartels confronts his pains and addresses his search for forgiveness. As described by Matthew Williams of 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.” After years of playing the Nebraska music scene, Bartels has spent the better part of 2017 traveling the country on his Great Americana Tour. While on the road Evan has been garnering the attention of national outlets such as No Depression and performing on NPR’s Night Owl series in New York City. Bartels and his band of brothers, The Stoney Lonesomes, are making honest, hard hitting, Americana Rock that is not easily forgotten.