Versatile, professional, original, and uniquely entertaining –- audiences in the Florida Keys have kept John Bartus one of the busiest and most booked musicians since his arrival in the islands in 1984. Whether it's with his band Storm Watch, or his solo acoustic act that redefines what just one guy with a guitar can do, John has performed for events large, small, and everything in between. From sharing the stage with acts like Kansas, 38 Special, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, and Clarence Clemons, to the most intimate of acoustic performances, John Bartus makes each performance something to remember. One of the Florida Keys' best-known singer/songwriters, John has performed his own brand of "Trop Rock" in the islands years before the genre got its name!
John's influences range from James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and Elton John to Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, and Dire Straits... with a hint of Jimmy Buffett thrown in as well. An accomplished singer, guitarist, and pianist (with a little bass and harmonica added for good measure), John plays virtually all the parts on his studio CDs. Time & Tide, John's first new studio CD in ten years, will be released this fall. His last studio CD, Keys Disease, has just been re-released as a special 10th Anniversary Remaster package complete with four bonus tracks. And his new solo acoustic Live From The Florida Keys Vol. 2 CD will be released in May.
John's live shows alternate between performances with his band, Storm Watch, and solo acoustic dates. His solo performances feature looping and harmony technologies that allow him to perform incredibly challenging material, all live and in real time with no pre-recorded material or "invisible computer musicians." Storm Watch shows highlight John's electric lead playing and songs in a rock power trio format. Find out more at www.johnbartus.com