“At Its Most Rewarding Moments, The Album Defies Genre Classification” (No Depression) – Courtney Hartman Receives Critical Praise, Streaming Support For Stunning Solo Debut

June 19, 2019 – Last Friday, Courtney Hartman released her stunning full-length solo debut Ready Reckoner into the world. The exquisite album has been met with both critical praise and support from streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music.

The Bluegrass Situation, in a profile written by Stephen Deusner, says “Ready Reckoner forays into new territory: folk and pop, of course, but also jazz, avant garde composition, drones, even musique concrète. It’s often dark but just as often hopeful, as Hartman traces the both subtle and sublime changes that she is still going through.”

After making the 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Hartman returned to Brooklyn, NY to make Ready Reckoner. Much like her time on the Camino, a solo endeavor during which she relied on fellow travelers, throughout the recording of her solo debut she called on various friends and collaborators – including friends like Anais Mitchell and Sam Amidon, as well as renowned guitarist Bill Frisell.

Spotify has made Hartman the current cover star of their “Fresh Folk” playlist (she is on five different playlist for Ready Reckoner and on 26 playlists total), and Amazon has included her in their “Fresh Folk & Americana” playlist alongside artists like Hiss Golden Messenger, Bedouine, Lillie Mae, Ian Noe and Tyler Childers. 

Here's what else we’ve been hearing about Hartman and Ready Reckoner:

“Instead of retreading familiar, fertile ground, Hartman takes her picking skills and Southern gothic imagery down a less traveled path, creating haunting soundscapes that usually sound more like baroque pop than bluegrass. At its most rewarding moments, the album defies genre classification.” -No Depression

"With its sturdy rhythmic foundation, the song incorporates Hartman’s distinct, staccato acoustic guitar work and even gets a little experimental with some trebly, meandering piano that floats high in the mix." - Rolling Stone (on “January First”)

“A quiet, brooding sort of folk-rock, tinged with ambient music” -WNYC Soundcheck

“A track (or pilgrimage) to get lost in." - Refinery29 (on “Hollow”)

“A stirring and harmonious cry to protect our earth.” - American Songwriter (on “Won’t Be Satisfied”)

Ready Reckoner was recorded mainly at Figure8 in Brooklyn, NY with co-producer Shahzad Ismaily (a composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Lou Reed and Tom Waits), and was mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket). The resulting album unfolds in extraordinarily detailed textures, a nuanced yet wholly unpredictable sound equally given to moments of hushed simplicity, improvisatory freedom, and flashes of symphonic splendor.


For more information on Courtney Hartman, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, rob@rekroommedia.com or 917.703.8361.