SEASON 1 of the RADIO SERIES "Story Of An Artist" is hosted by Daniel's college friend and tour guitar accompanist, Brett Hartenbach.

Designed for late-night college audiences, the one hour (50-55 minute) program seeks to introduce listeners who may never have heard of Daniel to his prolific music catalogue, explore the mystic that continues to follow the artist's life and career, and offer unexpected surprises for even the most established fans.

The show will air MUSIC from Daniel's diverse catalogue as well as many HARD-TO-FIND recordings and NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASE songs along with live performance and rare recordings.

You'll HEAR DANIEL, himself, talk at length, extracted from the CASSETTE LETTERS he sent to friends in the 80's and as recent conversations and interviews.

Each show will feature an INTERVIEW or SPECIAL EVENT. The series begins with animated INTERVIEWS from people connected with Daniel over the years, including Jellyfish's Jason Falkner (who produced Daniel's latest album "Is and Always Was", Jad Fair (of Half Japanese), Jeff Feuerzeig (director of the award winning documentary "The Devil And Daniel Johnston", and MANY OTHERS!

Brett Hartenbach was a friend of Daniel beginning during Daniel's time at Kent State University branch in East Liverpool, Ohio from 1980-82. Brett's talented guitar playing is on many tracks from songs published by Daniel. Beginning in 2007, Brett began to TOUR with Daniel, greatly enhancing the fan experience, as Daniel was comfortable with Brett, and sings many OLDER songs that he would never play when on his own.. Brett's close ties with Daniel and his friendship with him over the years make him an excellent source for of Daniel Johnston trivia, and an reliable judge of what is fact or fiction about Daniel. His experience in the music industry is extensive, and his research is stellar. We expect some shows to feature guest hosts, including Daniel's friend beginning about the same time Daniel met Brett, David Thornberry.


The downloads below are copyrighted proprietary property of Daniel Johnston and contain copyrighted material including recordings, interviews, and music. Music not owned and copyrighted by Daniel Johnston are copyrighted by their respective owners. This material is being made available from this web page for download by radio station personnel for the express purpose of reviewing or for airing on their respective radio stations.

The program currently is available FOR BROADCAST with no other kinds of strings attached, except that you air it. It is currently commercial free. Some sponsorship may be accepted in the future, but if that happens, sponsorship acknowledgements within the programming will be very limited.

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Host Brett Hartenbach interviews artist Ron English 52:51


Brett Hartenbach interviews with artist Ron English who mentored Daniel's art career in the 90's.

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