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NEWS: Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman pay tribute to John Hartford

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Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman have teamed up for Dear John (Dec 8th), an album of ten John Hartford songs, paying tribute to the songwriter known for his solo performances where he would alternate between guitar, banjo, and fiddle while he tap danced and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood, John Hartford is credited as one of the founders and pioneers of newgrass, a non-traditional approach to bluegrass music, as well as known for his mastery of traditional folk music inspired by his affection of for the culture of the Mississippi River and its steamships.

Below is their cover of his best-known song ‘Gentle on My Mind’ – later recorded by Glen Campbell – for which Hartford earned two GRAMMY awards for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song. Versions of the song were also recorded by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Lucinda Williams, and most recently Alison Krauss.

The album was made possible in association with Refuge Foundation for the Arts.

About Refuge Foundation for the Arts:
Refuge Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit organization providing sanctuary for the pursuit of creative expression through music and art. Founded in response to the lack of resources available to artists today, it is the mission of The Refuge to offer patronage and opportunity to creators in a supportive and collaborative environment. Bordered by the Fox River in Appleton, WI and built in 1935 by Capuchin-Franciscan monks, our beautiful 33,000 square foot facility houses recording studios, art studios, and artist residences amid ten acres of protected nature, gardens, and orchards.
Dear John Track Listing:
  1. Old Time River Man
  2. Them Way Long Time Ago Times
  3. Gentle On My Mind
  4. Right in the Middle of Falling for You
  5. Here I Am In Love Again
  6. Howard Hughes Blues
  7. Morning Bugle
  8. Delta Queen Waltz
  9. Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie
  10. We Did Our Best

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