Hartley Hall is a Texas songwriter who writes songs that sound like swing standards and 1960's Nashville hits. Her southern belle comedienne personality and characteristically elegant vocal delivery create her acclaimed stage presence. She’s a modern classic act.
Hartley’s writing is portraiture of life as a common, less-than-blue collar class American. Her song ‘Country Bar’ starts with “I’ve got six cents to making a dime, I keep working every day, seems I’m working all the time”, and heads on to tell the stories of patrons and employees she’s met while playing in various dive bars. ‘Who’s Cheating Who’ is based upon the illicit affairs Hartley knew too much about as a small child in West Texas--“It’s not love we share, the touch that we know, your scent on my hands and in my clothes, it’s two bodies barely hanging on, and the angels sent you from below”. Her band plays grooving pedal steel licks and flat-picked guitar to dance between the lines.
She works all audience ranges with her full country style dance band which is proverbially known as 'The Bona Fide Accompaniment' and shines as an equally compelling solo performer. She most commonly performs as a duo with upright bassist Tom Crail. Her song repertoire ranges from classic country (Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton), Western Swing (Bob Wills, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Wakely), folk (cowboy yodeling, Swiss yodeling, Irish, French, Spanish) and a few pop cover songs (Melanie Kafka, The Black Keys, The Beatles, Haddaway, Donna Summer). She also leads the reggae style country cover band, Cowboy Irie.
Righteously driving Hartley’s candid deliverance is her quick-witted, restorative humor. She’s got a knack for dry-as-the-desert self reflection and respect. She’s currently working on her next recording project, a collection of psychedelic western standards and cowboy songs.