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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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"The Islands of Marathon" music video! - March 27, 2017

MARATHON, FLORIDA KEYS – John Bartus' song, "The Islands of Marathon," is now a music video starring the people and places of our tropical island community! "The Islands of Marathon" is already the official song of the City of Marathon, and the video is a fitting tribute to the islands that have been Bartus' home for the last 33 years.

Produced in conjunction with Cliff Rydell from Marathon TV 88, the video begins live at John's 33rd Anniversary Concert at Sunset Park in Key Colony Beach. It then morphs into the studio version of the song from John's Keys Disease CD as it casts a spotlight on the people that call the Middle Keys home.

Keys Disease is available at and iTunes. John Bartus plays Breedlove guitars. For more information,

John Bartus to perform at Florida Keys Day at State Capitol - March 26, 2017

Florida Keys singer/songwriter John Bartus will perform at the State Capitol in Tallahassee for Florida Keys Day on April 18. This event takes place each year as representatives from local Keys governments and organizations converge in Tallahassee to make state legislators and officials aware of our special circumstances and problems in the islands. Conceived by Leadership Monroe County, and hosted by our State Representative Holly Raschein, this annual event is a tremendous opportunity to lobby on behalf of Monroe County.

The event is a Seafood Happy Hour on the Capitol grounds at 5:00 p.m. on April 18. It's a a “Keys Style” party with shrimp, conch fritters, key lime pie, stone crab chowder, and fried fish, live music from Marathon Council Member and former Mayor John Bartus, and an inside look to Tallahassee politics. "Florida Keys Day is a great way to let state officials know that we exist, and we have real issues," Bartus says. "Affordable housing, environmental concerns, outrageous insurance costs, and help with funding for state-mandated wastewater utilities are all concerns we face every day. If it takes Keys seafood and Keys music to help our cause, I'm all for it!"

Bartus will perform songs from his Keys Disease and Live From the Florida Keys CDs, as well as songs from his upcoming CD, Time & Tide

For more info: 305-731-1177.

John Bartus Live in Nashville! - June 15, 2016

This is a video shot at the Commodore Grille in Nashville at a writers' round performance. I played a song that will be featured on a new CD that will hopefully be out later this year, Time & Tide. The song is called "I've Let You Down for the Last Time." 

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