Join us for a Pablo Streams concert with music from artist Jim Pullman and Courtney Hartman.
While his emotions have always been at the core of his songwriting, Jim Pullman’s newest album, Go On Boldly, brings an honesty that reaches into experiences of hope, loss, and renewal resulting in the most raw and revealing musical effort of his career. This set of songs examines issues of mortality, survival, and celebration in ways that are both personal and universal. The loss of his mother-in-law (someone very dear to Pullman’s heart) shook him deeply as did seeing his wife deal with her passing. The experience brought songs to the surface to honor his mother-in-law, songs to help the family make it through, and songs to recall better times.
The album was recorded at Pullman’s home in Eau Claire, WI, August through November 2020, with the help of longtime friend and musical confidant, Todd Barneson. Barneson was an integral part of the album, providing engineering and mixing as well as playing bass, acoustic & electric guitars, and synth, and also sang backing vocals. Also contributing to the album was Adam Harder Nussbaum on the drums and Paul Brandt, who played upright piano and synth tracks. Jim’s wife Donna also contributed with backing vocals.
ABOUT COURTNEY HARTMAN
With her most recent release, Ready Reckoner, Courtney Hartman provides the listener with a conduit for self-exploration—a factor that fulfills one of her greatest hopes in sharing the album with the world. “If you listen to any of these songs and step away feeling lifted or carried to a different place, that is a real and true honor,” she says. Born from purposeful self-examination, Ready Reckoner finds Hartman taking the helm as producer transforming her most private ruminations into songs both bracingly intimate and magnificently vast.
Hartman’s finely-honed musicality has firm roots in her upbringing, which included taking up violin at three, learning to play guitar at 11, and writing her first song at 12. She spent much of her childhood immersed in the bluegrass world, a factor that eventually led to her seven-year stint in Grammy-nominated band Della Mae. During her time with the band, Hartman also released a collaboration album with Robert Ellis (2017’s Dear John) and another with Taylor Ashton (2018’s Been on Your Side).