EAST VILLAGE — The daughter of Two Boots Pizza pioneers Phil Hartman and Doris Kornish is set to launch her first album this Thursday night at the Standard East Village.
Odetta Hartman grew up surrounded by the creative influences of the East Village pizza institution, which fosters local artists, and she is now set to release her own creation: "Tally Marks," a four-song EP.
The songstress, who plays the mandolin, banjo and even a little trumpet, describes her sound as "cowboy soul," with tunes ranging from R&B to pop and country.
"It is going to be a big release and I am going to be able clear my plate," said Hartman, 24, who has lived in the East Village her whole life and worked on the EP for more than a year.
"I have learned a lot from the process, the fact that it took so long to get going," said Hartman, a Bard College graduate. "I was able to channel those frustrations into these other [musical] projects."
Audiences at the free show on Thursday will get a taste of those new projects, along with all four songs from "Tally Marks."
While finishing the EP, Hartman has also been crisscrossing the country collaborating with different bands and musicians, using music and songwriting to document her travels. Hartman embeds her passion for America's musical history in her songs, drawing on influences such as the crackly recordings of anthropologist Alan Lomax, who traveled the country in 1935 documenting folk songs that might otherwise have never been recorded.
For the launch, Hartman will sing and play an array of instruments along with her band, which adds sounds including flute, trombone and accordion.
Her brother and sister — all three siblings are classically trained violinists — will also join Hartman onstage.
"I have been working on this different material," she said, "and I want to get it out there."
The EP is currently available for download at http://odettahartman.bandcamp.com. The free EP launch performance will be at the East Village Standard from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org