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Oh! Betty, I’m Still Standin’

(Self-released , CD)

Oh! Betty first came to our attention a couple of years ago, when they released “Martha Stewart Christmas,” a humorous holiday carol that became a (very) minor YouTube hit. Now the Plattsburgh-based duo is back with a new EP, I’m Still Standin’. The five-song sampler reveals a similarly offbeat bent as on “Martha” — which is included here, BTW. On the whole, it’s a little hokey. But it’s hard not to be charmed by the pair’s down-home take on blues and rockabilly and songwriter Julie Canepa’s entertaining style. Like, for example, “State of Emergency,” a cheeky tale of love repeatedly gone wrong and the men responsible, that ends with — wait for it — a lesbian wedding in Vermont.

facebook.com/pages/ohbetty/170494002982242 - Seven Days Vermont

"Oh!Betty/I'm Still Standing"

It’s one thing to make Country Western Music for the non-Country Western loving music listener, but it’s another to salt it with enough self-parody that it’s not too outrageous to not take seriously. Oh! Betty is serious about their humor. “I pray each day to Jesus/to ease my cares and woes,” Julie Canepa sings on the title track, “Until I dropped my Bible/and broke two of my toes.”

Made up of Julie and Tim Hartnett on guitar and a series of guest musicians, Oh! Betty’s delicious little EP I’m Still Standing is old timey blues and country, but, as said, with a love of word smithery and well earned tackiness.

Take the lovable “State of Emergency”, a biographical narrative about a woman that meets all these really cool guys with awesome cars and money, and then she gets locked up. Things keep getting worse until the inmate’s cellmate becomes a bedmate, and the song ends, “We’re going legit/but first we’re going to Vermont/where we’re going to tie the knot.” Oh, love.

Then there’s “Rollin’ Pin”, complete with slide and Elvis-style bass. “Cristco makes the flakiest piecrust you have ever seen,” it goes. Yes, those are the lyrics. “Baking pies is my heart’s desire.” The song is fun, fresh, and the humor is true to honoring pie and cooking. It’s sincere, and that’s not an easy task, but Oh! Berry do it seamlessly.

The ultimate song, however, is “Martha Stewart Christmas”, a jazzy break from country, with horns swirling beneath swung time drums and Julie singing, “You must have heard I did time upstate/I got to teach a class on macramé.” It’s more fun than a Christmas song should be. “I’m going to make the White House out of ginger bread.” And then, “I got a half a shot in each cup.”

For an EP, Oh! Betty has shown they’re the sorts to make fun music that’s witty and endearing. The cover of the EP has Julie and Tim looking pensive leaning against a truck and the back cover is a pie, which suits them well, as I’m Still Standing is delicious.

Bottom line: Country for the non-country people, blues for the comedians, and a lesson in a good time. - http://www.angelica-music.com

"XMarks the Mess"

As “that guy from ‘the’ Seven Days,” I get a lot of weird shit in the mail from musicians trying to stand out amid the flood of look-alike press kits and album packages. In the last year alone, I’ve received a freaky-ass diorama, a beer koozie, a voucher for a free car wash, candy, a T-shirt that reads “I’m Not Dan Bolles” and a book about decoding rap lyrics. My all-time favorite weird package: a rock. Really, just a rock, with instructions to hold it to my ear. I may have a new runner-up, though, and it comes by way of Plattsburgh-based band Oh! Betty. The group recently sent in a copy of their new holiday single, “Martha Stewart Christmas.” The single itself is pretty decent, in a corny, slightly-too-wholesome-to-be-truly-funny sort of way. If nothing else, the band is tight, and lead vocalist Julie Canepa has some great pipes. But the best part is the cover, which features Canepa looking rather Stewart-esque, some snazzy/cheesy retro lettering and a sticker that reads — wait for it — “As Seen on YouTube.” Sign of the times? - Seven Days Vermont


Our EP, "I'm Still Standin'" was released in November 2011. It is available in stores in our local area. "Martha Stewart Christmas" is a single available on iTunes, and has received airplay on local and regional stations.



Oh!Betty released their debut EP titled “I’m Still Standin” under their own label, Oh!Betty Music, in November 2011. The EP spotlights original tunes from the duet’s Broke ‘n Lonely Tour, launched on Valentine’s Day, featuring songs of love gone wrong, apple pie, women in prison and winning scratch-off tickets. “Oh! Betty’s delicious little EP I’m Still Standing is old timey blues and country, but, as said, with a love of word smithery and well earned tackiness,” says John Powell of angelica-music.com. An eclectic mix of folk, blues and rockabilly, “Standin’” was recorded at The Addition Studio in Auger Lake, NY. Oh!Betty is comprised of singer/songwriter Julie Canepa and guitarist/bassist Tim Hartnett. Notable area musicians joining Oh!Betty on their new EP include Junior Barber of Beartracks, Zip City’s Jeff Rendinaro and Skip Smithson, Shawn Parrotte of Eat.Sleep.Funk and Mark Mastrean of The Uncles.

Oh!Betty’s first original single "Martha Stewart Christmas" parodies a day in the life of a Martha Stewart wannabe, and has a swing era sound. Dan Bolles of Burlington, VT’s SevenDays wrote “The band is tight, and lead vocalist Julie Canepa has some great pipes.” (12-15-2010). The single received local airplay and features SUNY Plattsburgh music professors Rick Davies and Herm Matlock on horns. The song inspired the band’s YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58u9MtHWPa8), shot by local videographer John Mitchell. A live performance of the tune aired on Mountain Lake PBS’ 2009 Holiday Spectacular. This year Oh!Betty returned to Mountain Lake to perform another original holiday song, “Naughty and Nice”.

Oh!Betty was formed in Plattsburgh, NY in 2009. Inspired by Dr. Demento’s “Bulbous Bouffant”, Richard Cheese’s “Jingle Bells” and the lyrics of David Allen Coe, Julie approached Tim with the proposition, “Hey, let’s put on a show.” Hartnett is an established member of the North Country music scene, and his musical abilities and experience along with Canepa’s theatre background form the basis for the singing/songwriting team. Oh!Betty performs in the Plattsburgh area, including regular gigs at Irises Café and Wine Bar, home to some of the best local music around. For more information about Oh!Betty and bookings go to Oh!Betty on Facebook, email us at jcanepa87@gmail.com or call us at (518)572-1399.