Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Great singers. Great songwriters. Great players. Folk / bluegrass / fusion. Try us, you'll love us. Booking: sb@stephaniebettman.com or 323-791-7763 or visit www.stephaniebettman.com for more info.

Biography

STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN

“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.)

For more information visit:
www.stephaniebettman.com,

Lyrics

Get Close To Me

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

I am the wind through the trees
gently blowing
I am the sun on your back
warmly glowing
I am the rain on your face
I am here and every place
I am love, I am love
Get close to me

I am the song in your head
sweetly playing
I am the joy in your feet
that keeps you swaying
I am fragrance in the air
I am flowers in your hair
I am love, I am love
Get close to me

Get close to me when the colder breezes blow
Get close to me when you feel like you don't know
Everything that's in this world is an answer to a prayer
I am love, I am love
Get close to me

When you look into the darkness
I am the light from your eyes
When a fear sneaks up behind you
I am the courage deep inside
When all else do seem to leave you
And the world looks on to grieve you
I am love, I am love
Get close to me

Get close to me when the colder breezes blow
Get close to me when you feel like you don't know
Everything that's in this world is an answer to a prayer
I am love, I am love
Get close to me
Get close to me when the colder breezes blow
Get close to me when you feel like you don't know
When you listen to your heart
You will find that I am there
I am love, I am love
Get close to me

The Letting Go

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

She said Grandpa, how'd you get this far?
Life's been so hard, I've got so many scars
He said simple, some day you'll see.
It's not what you have it's what you no longer need

The letting go
That's the key
The letting go
Will set you free
The tighter you hold on
The harder it goes
The more you let go
The easier it flows

She said Mama, he's leaving me
How will I live, how will I breathe
Mama said simple, some day you'll see
It's not who you love, it's who you choose to be

The letting go
That's the key
The letting go
Will set you free
The tighter you hold on
The harder it goes
The more you let go
The easier it flows

Their baby was born only seven years ago
But he left this earth and why nobody knows
The doctors said nothing
His mama kept crying
His daddy lay down and just wished he were dying
But in the quiet of their hearts a little voice sighed
It's not how long you stay it's how much love you leave behind

The letting go
That's the key
The letting go
Will set you free
The tighter you hold on
The harder it goes
The more you let go
The easier it flows

I Love Ya Honey

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

I don't wanna be your girlfriend
I don't wanna be your wife
I'm not tryin' to take you over
I don't wanna run your life
I'm not lookin' for a savior
If you leave I'll be okay
So don't make the wrong assumption, baby
I just got one thing to say

I love ya honey
What wrong with that?
I don't wanna wear your wedding ring
I might wanna wear your hat
I like to be with you
Cause you make me smile
I'm not looking for my better half
Just come on over for awhile

People want to know the rules dear
People wanna draw the lines
To help then find an understanding
Help them keep the common ties
I don't get the games they like to play
You've got your life I've got mine
I don't wanna steal your life away
I just wanna spend some time

Cause I love ya honey
What wrong with that?
I don't wanna wear your wedding ring
I might wanna wear your hat
I like to be with you
Cause you make me smile
I'm not looking for my better half
Just come on over for awhile

Some say love is a contract
Others say it's a disease
People search the world over
Just to give their hearts relief
I say all there is is love
It's inside you it's inside me
All we have to do is open up
And the truth shall set us free

And I love ya honey
What's true is true
You don't need to be my shining knight
I just want you to be you
I like to be with you
You like to be with me
So let's come together now and then
And set each other free
Let's come together now and then
And set each other free

Deja Vu

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

Deja Vu deja vu
what am I supposed to do
You treat me wrong
Oh yes you do
Deja Vu

First there were lies
Then there were cries
of trouble through and through
you said don't worry
oh don't you fret
just do what I tell you to

you came along
You were so strong
How could I question your resolve
how could I know
The seeds you'd sow
would fill my heart with woe

Deja Vu deja vu
what am I supposed to do
You treat me wrong
Oh yes you do
Deja Vu

History repeats and repeats and repeats
you'd think we'd learn our lessons on the way
but there's something of a comfort in the devil that we know
and we'd rather simply give our choice away

Deja Vu deja vu
what am I supposed to do
You treat me wrong
Oh yes you do
Deja Vu

Why Can't We

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

PFC Milton didn't want to become just another name on a list.
He stood alone at the zoo
Not yet twenty two
Thinking of things he would miss
As he started to pray he imagined the day he would see if he made it through
He would always be fine
He would always take time
To play like orangutans do.

Swinging so carefree
Running around
Climbing up just to jump down
They squeal and they play and at the end of the day
They hold onto each other
A child or or a brother
They're all in the same family
He wonders aloud why can't we?

He envies their cages as he flips through the pages of deployment orders in hand
He's heard of the scorpions
Spiders and Wasps
And the cruel and unending sand
Don't care how he fakes it
He can't seem to shake it
This gripping and strangling fear
So he tightens his jaw
Tryin' to toughen himself
For these days that each feel like a year
He wished he were

Swinging so carefree
Running around
Climbing up just to jump down
Squealing and playing and then he'd find himself saying
Let's hold onto each other
A child or or a brother
We're all in the same family
He wonders aloud why can't we?

I met him that day
And we were miles away
Though only a few feet apart
He longed for connection
He met hesitation
For I felt his fear in my heart
While the monkeys were

Swinging so carefree
Running around
Climbing up just to jump down
They squeal and they play and at the end of the day
They hold onto each other
A child or or a brother
They're all in the same family
We wonder aloud why can't we?
Yes we wonder aloud why can't we...

PFC Milton didn't want to become just another name on a list.

Seed of Doubt

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

It was planted in the early morning birthplace of her life
Next to memories of a beautiful new Spring
It was watered with the tears of unknown trouble and strife and the fears of what a faithless future brings

It's that little seed of doubt
that little grain of worry grown
out on a troubled brow
oh for a heart that knows no fear
where would she be without
that little seed of doubt

She turned around to find herself
all tangled up and worn
and tired of the struggles of the world
that night she had a dream about
a new life being born
but didn't trust it was her own life to unfold
she didn't trust it was her own life to unfold

It's that little seed of doubt
that little grain of worry grown
out on a troubled brow
oh for a heart that knows no fear
where would she be without
that little seed of doubt

Then one day as she wandered
through the world that she had made
she came upon a girl she left behind
her sight was so she plainly saw the Beauty make a trade
for her freedom here's a lying peace of mind
she traded freedom for a lying peace of mind

It was that little seed of doubt
that little grain of worry grown
out on a troubled brow
oh for a heart that knows no fear
where would I be without
that little seed of doubt

Where would I be without
that little seed of doubt

The Darker Side Of Happy

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

She always knew the darker side of happy
Life was too much pain to for her to bear
Haunted by the knowledge of a freedom
And she was sure she would not find it anywhere
She made her way down home inside a bottle
And jumped off from her chair quite easily
The rope around her neck held with a startle
As she tumbled deep into eternity

They all said / it was a loss
They all felt / a mortal shame
They all cried / in separate corners
They all held themselves to blame

But know one knew her side
That for her it was relief
She lived alone and often cried
For her view was filled with anger and grief
And for days no one even knew she’d gone
Yes for days no one even knew she’d gone
He always knew the darker side of happy
Living lonely with a woman by his side
He couldn’t find the strength keep on going
Trapped inside a heart that could not learn to fly
He made his way to work where no one noticed
The gun inside the desk locked a key
One final thunder clap that everybody noticed
As he flew away into eternity

They all said / it was a loss
They all felt / a mortal shame
They all cried / in separate corners
They all held themselves to blame

But know one knew his side
That for him it was relief
He lived alone with a woman and his pride
For his heart was filled with anger and grief
And for days no one could believe he’d gone
Yes for days no one could believe he’d gone

Final Chorus

Fly away
And find your joy
The little girl
And the little boy
We can hardly recognize what’s true
But we know deep in our soul we’re missing you
As you fly away
(twice)

I Just Wanna Love You

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

It seems to me that there’s a shadow on the sun
But I keep on saying that sunny days will come again
They will come again
There seems to be a tragic contradiction in the world
Of right and wrong who belongs and the meaning in the name of God
The name of God

Hey what can I say
I just want to love you
I just want to love you
That’s all I can do
Hey don’t run away
I just want to love you
I just want to love you
And love you, I do.

It seems to me that we are swimming in the dark
And someone started the rumor of a shark somewhere
There’s a shark somewhere

So here we are clinging to the pillar of a pier
The rumor is the killer there’s no sharks here. Its just fear
Its just fear

Chorus

I seem to recall that somebody said
We must not be afraid
There’s nothing to fear but the thing itself
So fear not, fear not…fear not

Hey what can I say
I just wanna love you
I just wanna love you
That’s all I can do
Hey don’t run away
I just want to love you
I just want to love you
And love you, I do.

It seems to me that there’s a shadow on the sun
But I keep on saying that sunny days’ll come again
They will come again.

Fiddler's Bend

Written By: Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin

Down from the holler where the gravel road ends
No one is a stranger everybody’s friends
They all get together when the workday ends
Dancin’ round the fire at the Fiddler’s Bend
Dancin’ round the fire at the fiddler’s bend.

Steve is building dreams out of old driftwood
Kathy’s in the kitchen cooking something good
Out here at the bend, everything is as it should be
Never lacking. And the river runs free.

Chorus

When you’re weary you will find
It all works out here, where the river unwinds
There’s plenty for everyone, squirrels and fishes
No one walks alone here. And the dogs do the dishes.

Chorus

Where love is stronger than a flood
Where love is hotter than a fire
Where love is patient as an old man watching the river grow higher

Down from the holler where the gravel road ends
No one is a stranger everybody’s friends
They all get together when the workday ends
Dancin’ round the fire at the Fiddler’s Bend
Dancin’ round the fire at the fiddler’s bend.

Down from the holler where the gravel road ends
No one is a stranger everybody’s friends
They all get together when the workday ends
Dancin’ round the fire at the Fiddler’s Bend
Dancin’ round the fire at the fiddler’s bend.

It All Comes Back To Love

Written By: Stephanie Bettman

There is a wall called right and wrong
That severs you from me
There is a fear of the unknown
That colors all we see
But the seeds of love are planted
And I know they will grow
To show us different visions
Of the things we think we know

Like a vine it will cover
Any walls that we can raise
Like the redwoods it will tower
Higher than the fear we praise
Choking out the weeds of hate
Its roots will still extend
For it all comes back to Love
In the end

There is a knife called judgment
That cuts the ties that bind
And an illness known as prejudice
That poisons both our minds
But the seeds of love are planted
And if we can let them be
We’ll share the fruits of loveliness
That grow upon the tree

Like a vine it will cover
All the walls that we can raise
Like the redwoods it will tower
Higher than the fear we praise
Choking out all the weeds of fear
Its roots will still extend
For it all comes back to Love
In the end

But they must be tended (the seeds of love)
If we want them to grow
They must be tended (the seeds of love)
Oh the seeds of love

Like a vine it will cover
All the walls that we can raise
Like the redwoods it will tower
Higher than the fear we praise
Choking out all the weeds of fear
Its roots will still extend
For it all comes back to Love
In the end
Ooooooh
It all comes back to Love
In the end

Discography

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

Set List

We are an original band. We can play for three minutes or three hours. We will do cool covers on occasion - but mostly we play our own award-winning originals.