A trip to Nashville in the fall 2019 sent the wheels in motion, and truly set up a promising future for country artist Sam Bartells.
With a husky timbre, a love of raw acoustic guitar and an authentic delivery of melody/lyrics, Sam Bartells’ talent grabbed the attention of Nashville record executive Peter Strickland. Strickland will be overseeing the development of the NZ based artist through his company Marathon Talent Agency. Sam will be returning in January for a series of shows, recordings and writing sessions.
Signed to New Zealand based Reslau Records, Bartells was funded the opportunity to record an EP in Nashville during September, 2019. Meanwhile the team at Reslau Records scouted various labels and agencies to work with and found synergies with Strickland’s operation.
While in Nashville Sam spent countless hours at Sound Kitchen Studios with Producer Daniel Ford and a stellar line up of musicians which included Chris Condon (Guitar), Smith Curry (Steel and Lap), Caleb Mundy (Bass) and Grammy nominee Michael Cleveland(Fiddle/Mandolin).
From a very young age Sam was influenced by the sounds of Jim Croce, James Taylor, Glen Campbell, Bruce Springsteen, Crowded House, Ben Harper and rock bands Foo Fighters and Guns And Roses.
Let the story begin,