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Courtney Hartman

Formerly the guitarist for bluegrass group Della Mae, Courtney Hartman makes delicately textured singer/songwriter fare as a solo artist. After earning a reputation for her artistry on the guitar both as a backing musician (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mike Campbell) and through three albums with Della Mae, she made her solo debut with the EP Nothing We Say in 2016. A folk-minded release, she followed it with the more adult alternative-leaning full-length Ready Reckoner in 2019. A native of Colorado, Hartman was raised on bluegrass from an early age. After starting on the violin at age three, she took up the guitar a few years later and wrote her first song at 12. Agile on the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, she went on to study American roots music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Della Mae formed in 2009. Along with Hartman on guitar and banjo, founding members included vocalist Grace Van't Hof, fiddler Kimber Ludiker, mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, and bassist Amanda Kowalski. Their EP Acoustic arrived in 2010, followed by the self-released I Built This Heart in 2011. That year, Celia Woodsmith joined the band as the lead vocalist, after Van't Hof parted ways with the group. Kowalski left in 2012, and the lineup of Woodsmith, Ludiker, Gardner, Hartman, and bassist Shelby Means recorded This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's 2013 debut for Rounder. It earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2014. Heavy touring behind the album followed before Means left prior to the group recording their 2015 eponymous album with Jacquire King. Zoe Guigueno joined as bass player after its release. In May 2016, Della Mae decided to take a break from touring, with individual members pursuing their other projects. Having relocated to Brooklyn, Hartman released her solo debut, the Nothing We Say EP, in September 2016. A full-length collaboration with singer/songwriter Robert Ellis called Dear John, a tribute to John Hartford, followed in 2017. A year later, she released the LP Been on Your Side with fellow singer, songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player Taylor Ashton. In 2018, Della Mae also reactivated, but without Hartman. Based back in her home state of Colorado (in Loveland), Hartman self-released her first proper solo album, Ready Reckoner, in 2019. It was co-produced by Shahzad Ismaily (Colin Stetson, Sam Amidon) and featured guests including Bill Frisell and Anaïs Mitchell.
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