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Patresa Hartman | The Only Way Down

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The Only Way Down

by Patresa Hartman

Tracks take the listener on an introspective tour of self-doubt, longing for simplicity, internal conflict, the desire to let go the grip, and even death. Hear soulful vocals, percussive acoustic guitar, soaring harmonies, adept piano, and tribal drums.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Borrowed Name
4:49 album only
2. Amelia
4:37 album only
3. Enemy
3:33 album only
4. Rotary Dial
4:20 album only
5. Patient
5:29 album only
6. Ember
2:28 album only
7. Bygones
3:50 album only
8. Ambrose
2:36 album only
9. Messenger
4:33 album only
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Album Notes
Age and experience have honed the mature and soulful voice of a woman who has
something to say. As Hartman puts it, making music is really about making an important human
connection. “I use songwriting as a way to understand my own human experiences--insecurity,
triumph, longing, frustration--and then communicate them in the most honest way I know how.”

The result is a dynamic set of original songs in what Hartman calls “soul-folk” style. Taking turns
behind both the guitar and the piano, Hartman’s compositions meld musical flavors of Janis Joplin,
Miranda Lambert, Ingrid Michaelson, and Ani Difranco. Confessional lyrics and heart-opening
melodies mingle with relatable storytelling to make every song an intimate one and every
audience a gathering of friends.

What others are saying:

“Don’t be fooled by Patresa Hartman’s humble grace and self-effacing charm; this talent is a force to be reckoned
with. Both her lyrics and her energy are infused with honesty, poetry, and artistry that are rare finds in today’s
musicians.” (Alissa Sheldon, Iowa Music Buzz, May 28, 2013)

“...the surprising joy of Hartman’s sound [is] soul. Without succumbing to the vocal acrobatics that are pretty
standard in music today..., Patresa takes us to church in her vocals just enough to let you know what she’s capable
of without being braggadocious.” (Rae Fehring, Band Bombshell, March 27, 2014)

“Everything about Hartman’s music belies the strange trip that she’s taken to the stage. Her voice is so good; her
songwriting is so tight. You can’t listen to her sing anything at all and not believe that she was born to it.” (Chad
Taylor, Cityview Magazine, June 4, 2014)



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