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Keys Disease

by John Bartus

A CD by Keys musician, writer, radio host, and the Mayor of the City of Marathon; if you like the music of James Taylor, Elton John, the Eagles, or Jimmy Buffett, then the songs on this CD will appeal to you.
Genre: Rock: Tropical Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Keys Disease
2:56 $0.99
2. You & I
4:16 $0.99
3. The Way It's Meant To Be
3:37 $0.99
4. Nothing I Wouldn't Do
4:18 $0.99
5. Carolina
4:34 $0.99
6. Lucky Man Again
4:30 $0.99
7. Palm Trees In Paradise '02
3:48 $0.99
8. Always Understood
4:40 $0.99
9. Velvet Elvis
4:19 $0.99
10. Dawn's Early Light
6:18 $0.99
11. Once More
4:02 $0.99
12. The Islands of Marathon
4:09 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

NEW!!! Be sure to check out John's Live CD at:

REAL Florida Keys Music from a REAL Florida Keys musician, writer, radio host, and elected official...

John Bartus - Musician & Mayor

"He's the only Mayor I ever met with a ponytail and an earring!" - U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Many of the best songwriters have an ability to express in music their deepest personal feelings; others can create story-songs about characters and events outside their own experience. John Bartus is one of those uncommonly gifted artists who can do both. John has just released Keys Disease, a new CD with twelve original songs.

Like Paul McCartney and Prince, John produces, sings, and plays all the instruments on his records. His influences range from Bob Dylan, the Beatles, James Taylor, and Elton John to Pink Floyd, Garth Brooks, Steely Dan, the Eagles, R.E.M., and Tom Petty, just to name a few. Although hard to pigeonhole, John's music has traces of rock, alternative, pop, acoustic, and country - all unified and held together by his characteristic vocals.

Songs on Keys Disease include "Dawn's Early Light," a tribute to the Challenger and Columbia astronauts; "Palm Trees In Paradise," a Taylor-esque song about just why we live in the Keys; "You & I," a romantic seaside ballad; "The Way It's Meant To Be," a song about the otherwise normal life of a Key West exotic dancer (inspired by a real life TV news story); "Keys Disease," a semi-true island-rocker about a lawyer who gave it all up for the tropical life; "Nothing I Wouldn't Do," a love song John wrote for his wife, Marlene; "Carolina," a story about a whirlwind romance in a southern railroad town; and the touching "Once More," a song that will touch the heart of anyone who's ever let down someone they love.

Also included on the CD is the official song about the island city that John has called home since 1984 - "The Islands of Marathon." Written in 2001, the song was designated the official song of the City of Marathon by the Marathon City Council (John sits on the City Council - read more below!). You'll hear the James Taylor/Jimmy Buffett influence on this (and other) songs on Keys Disease.

John Bartus got off the road in the Florida Keys back in the mid-1980's, just after releasing his first album (Feed The Fire, with Sallie Foster). Since then, he has entertained many thousands of Keys visitors and locals with his distinctive voice and captivating songs. Proficient on guitar, keyboards, and bass, John has done everything from leading bands to performing solo acoustic shows. In 1988, John got into the recording studio business (Radio Active Productions), and in 1995, he released Velvet Elvis.

When not working on his music, John writes magazine columns and news articles, produces national award-winning jingles and radio commercials in his own recording studio (Radio Active Productions), and was elected to Marathon's first City Council (the island city just incorporated in 1999). He was the City's first Vice Mayor, and was Marathon's second Mayor from 2002-2003.



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Great addition to my tropical CD collection
I bought this CD not knowing anything about the artist, but because of the donation to Hurricane Relief. Now I'm glad I did. It's a great easy listening CD that I've added to my collection of tropical music.

David Hope

Bartus Does It Again!
It\'s no surprise to me that this CD is wonderful! John is one of the best singer/songwriters of our time. This CD has something for everyone in it.
Keep rocking on John!
David Hope \"The Original Tropical Nut\"

Rag Magazine

John Bartus - a force to be recorded with!
John Bartus could well be a force to be recorded with, in the very near future. The song, "Velvet Elvis," is reminiscent of the soft sarcastic style of Warren Zevon: a man, eating donuts in the Black Lung Cafe, receives a vision from "The King" through a velvet Elvis hanging on a wall, and is inspired to go to Graceland to steal one for his own, even though it means jail time.

The remainder of the CD is done in the story song style of Joshua Kadison with the Florida themes of Jimmy Buffett. A pure storyteller in a minstrel's soul, Bartus' voice is crisp and clear, and the music is easy to enjoy. Let's have more!


i have known this artist ever! still have some of his cassettes!. one of the most innovative and down-2-earth people i have ever met. happy to hear about his family life! still some of the best music i will ever own!@

an old friend!!


Mike Young

Awesome Mix
Great sound mix between Carribean Folk style with Soul!