Watch Courtney Hartman And Bill Frisell’s Mesmerizing Guitar Duet From Hartman’s “Truly Spectacular” (Folk Alley) Solo Debut

Watch the live in-studio performance of “Neglect” via Fretboard Journal here

Ready Reckoner is out now, Hartman has dates with Sam Amidon next month

July 18, 2019– Courtney Hartman’s full-length solo debut continues to win critical praise, and today she shines a light on one of the album’s most mesmerizing tracks. “Neglect” is a guitar duet between Hartman and renowned guitarists Bill Frisell. Fretboard Journal has an inside look at Hartman and Frisell recording the song at Figure8 Studio in Brooklyn, NY. 

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 Bill Frisell. 

Hartman finds herself on a number of Spotify playlists with songs from Ready Reckoner, including “Infinite Acoustic,” “Evening Chill,” “Noir” and “Fresh Folk.” She has a run of tour dates next month with Amidon, and she’ll play the Summer Hoot in Olivebridge, NY on August 24th. Find list of current tour dates here.

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

“Truly spectacular”

-Folk Alley

“We can’t recommend it enough: Hartman’s songwriting, voice and playing are simply sublime.”

-Fretboard Journal

“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”)

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.”

-The Bluegrass Situation

“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”)

“Full of stunning guitar work and introspective songs, it’s a headphone-worthy step forward for the Colorado-based singer.”

-Americana Highways

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, or 917.703.8361.