Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin
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Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin

Denver, Colorado, United States | INDIE

Denver, Colorado, United States | INDIE
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"Country Jukebox - NEW FACES / Max W. Achatz"

(Translation by C. Wawersik)

The song-writer, singer and outstanding fiddle virtuoso, Stephanie Bettman who hails from Albuquerque, NM and now calls L.A. California home has produced an album, Get Close to Me, with powerful songs that stick in your mind. In the recording produced by GRAMMY winner Richard Greene the singer convinces with a clear, expressive voice. The eleven impressive songs of deep intensity feature the songwriting of this charming, newcomer. With the exception of Evening Prayer Blues, a DeFord Bailey composition, all of the songs are original, written without any collaboration. The instrumentation is perfect and mostly subdued. The base tone is melancholy and thoughtful, sometimes very sad. The text of the songs is full of wonderful observations on life. It is a CD, which wouldn't heat up a party, but one which brings magic to a living room. That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Allison Krauss so quickly is a bit uncanny. Get Close to Me is an album that deserves a place of honor in any collection of CDs held by fans of singer/songwriters.
- Country Jukebox

"Music Connection - New Music Critiques"

Stephanie Bettman is an award-winning singer and fiddler with impressive versatility. "Get Close To Me" is traditional-sounding folk a la Joan Baez as Bettman brings forth a dulcet voice, pure and clear. She and her tight band spice things up with the rocking "Seed of Doubt" where Bettman displays her fiddle prowess and vocal power. "Deja Vu" switches things up again with a jaunty, '30s-sounding torch song that has a hint of Patsy Cline in the grooves. Bettman and co. have plenty of cards up their sleeves and they deal them well. - Music Connection

"CD Review: Stephanie Bettman: Get Close to Me"

Posted on September 30th, 2008

Stephanie Bettman is a fiddle player, songwriter, and singer whose work might be closest to country music — indeed might fit well in many country playlists — but whose sound and style also brings in touches of jazz, folk, and bluegrass. Her voice is an interesting contrast and compliment to the rough hewn idea of country, though: Bettman’s singing recalls the soaring soprano of Joan Baez or the distinctive phrasing of Frances Black. With her playing on the fiddle she draws the listener right in from the opening notes of the title track, Get Close to Me. That’s not the inviting country teaser the title might suggest; instead it’s a rather haunting exploration of the nature of love. Haunting or haunted is a word which fits much of Bettman’s writing on this collection. With the exception of the funny and slightly sarcastic I Love Ya Honey, her characters are for the most part working their ways through the darker sides of life. Titles such as Lulu Wants to Die, The Letting Go, and Seeds of Doubt begin to give the clue about this. That may be one of the reason Bettman’s finding good success in bluegrass circles, too: she’s mastered that bluegrass art of pairing a dark lyric with a powerful upbeat melody. Though her music and her experiences in film, theater, and other aspects of the performing arts have taken her from Korea to California, this is her debut recording. It will be interesting to see how her musical career evolves. She’s an artist to watch.

Kerry Dexter is a contributing writer at the folk and world music magazine Dirty Linen. and the.former folk music editor at She also writes about music, the arts, and creative practice at the award winning blogMusic Road.

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It All Comes Back To Love - Full length: #5 on Follk DJ / Number #3 Song: Self Produced / Distributed by Burnside.
Get Close To Me - Full length: #8 on Folk DJ / Number #6 song: Self Produced




“That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.” –Country Jukebox

“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.” – Maverick Magazine, UK

Stephanie Bettman has been described as a triple threat. An accomplished writer, her songs are infused with wit and wisdom. As a vocalist, she has drawn comparisons to such legendary singers as Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss. Meanwhile, her fiddling, which combines elements of
bluegrass and jazz, is filled with influences from such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny Gimble.

Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and Tony Rice. A dynamic vocalist himself, Halpin has worked the stages with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band. On their first collaborative effort, "It All Comes Back To Love", the duo has created a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound that is far greater than the sum of it's parts.

The album is produced with delicate perfection by Ed Tree (Spencer Davis Band, Rita Coolidge) who also plays bass and guitar on various tracks. Particular highlights include Luke's original composition "Buttonwillow" a groovy gypsy grass instrumental that is exciting and fun from start to finish, Stephanie's catchy "I Just Wanna Love You" that will have
you singing along despite yourself, and the co-write "Fiddler's Bend" reminiscent of the hit "Fishin' In The Dark".

Together they weave a spell that takes the listener from the up tempo down home fiddlin' of "Fiddler's Bend", to the soulful sorrowful ballads like the transcendent "The Darker Side Of Happy" and the heartbreaking "The Sound Of Time", to the super hooky folk/pop of the title track: "It All Comes Back To
Love". The hooks and lyrics will stick with you long after the album is over.
Touring together since Bettman released her acclaimed "Get Close To Me" (which hit the #8 spot on the Folk DJ Charts), the duo has been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition and Winners of the 2007
Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest, as well as being named in Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2008.

A former theater actress and trapeze artist, Stephanie is also a mulit-talented artist. She has performed in plays, musicals, and operas from Los Angeles to New York, with many stops in between. (Not to mention a few Circuses along the way.)

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