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Welcome to the official website for Keys musician, writer, and the former Mayor of the City of Marathon. If you like the music of James Taylor, Tom Petty, Dan Fogelberg, or even (ahem) Jimmy Buffett, then the songs on the Keys Disease and Live From the Florida Keys CDs will appeal to you. Stick around a bit, come back often, and make yourself at home! Always remember that you can ORDER CDs & MP3/iTUNES DOWNLOADS SAFELY ONLINE!!!


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John Bartus is a Featured Performer at the Key Largo Original Music Festival - April 16, 2014

John Bartus takes the stage twice on Saturday, May 17 at the Key Largo Original Music Festival! Hit songwriters from Nashville, Tenn., and around the United States will take the stage at multiple venues during the Key Largo’s four-day original music festival. They’ll be joined by individual singers and bands, both local and national, to provide a unique and eclectic musical celebration.

The Festival will feature multiple stages and entertainment areas. On Saturday, Bartus will appear first at Senor Frijoles at 5:00 p.m., then will perform his second slot at Cactus Jacks at 8:00 p.m. Music fans can wander from stage to stage to hear an eclectic mix of fabulous music from rock to country to blues and more throughout the four-day festival.

"I'm really excited to have been asked to be a part of this year's festival," Bartus said. "It's very cool to share my songs and stories in a festival that features all original music!" 

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John Bartus is an Official Breedlove Artist - December 15, 2013

People have always asked me about the acoustic guitars I have been performing with since 2005. That was the year I got my first Breedlove. Since then, I have acquired eight more, and I love them all. I really haven't played any other acoustics on stage since then. I am proud to say that I am now an Official Breedlove Artist! Breedlove is a great company out of Bend, Oregon, and they build amazing guitars in different styles and price ranges. Check them out, and maybe you'll find the guitar of your dreams there as well! You can check out my Artist page at 

FREE Christmas Single Download - November 26, 2013

I performed a special Christmas Eve show in 2010 at Tom’s Harbor House, a club at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys (Duck Key, to be exact). I have always enjoyed performing Christmas music, and that night I played the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” for a great group of families and holiday revelers. Earlier this year, the place that was Tom’s burned to the ground… but that special Christmas Eve show will live in my memory for a long time to come. I’m posting the song on my website as a free holiday download for a limited time – go to, click on the Music page, and downloads away! Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! (Be sure and check out some new Blog posts as well!)

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