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Bettman might be considered a triple threat. An accomplished writer,
she infuses her music with wit and wisdom, exploring the many facets of
the human heart. Stephanie's songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy,
but always stunning. As a vocalist, she moves effortlessly from her
up-tempo bluegrass originals (featuring her fiery fiddling), to a
soothing honey-sweet ballad, to a rousing passionate anthem. While her
first-rate fiddling combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, in her
essence there is tribute to such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline, and Johnny Gimble.
One thing's for sure, if Stephanie Bettman is on the bill, you are in
for an unforgettable performance that will have you hooked from the
first fiddle line to the last sweet harmony.
Her debut CD "Get Close To Me" received national radio play while reaching the top ten in the Folk DJ chart, and
her interpretation of Deford Bailey's rare gem "Evening Prayer Blues" was the sixth most played song of the month. DJ Eddie O'Strange in Lower Hutt, New Zealand writes: "How can such a classy performer go wrong with quality moments channeling Emmylou? My album of the week ... without question."
Stephanie's songwriting talent, instrumental prowess and artistry have been recognized in various Regional and
National competitions, including:
* Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition.
* Winners in the 2007 Topanga Banjo / Fiddle contest.
* Folk Works Top Ten Los Angeles based female singer-songwriters of 2008.
* Music Connection's Top Twenty-Five New Music Critiques of 2008.
Currently touring with Stephanie is multi-instrumentalist Luke Halpin, who is equally adept on mandolin, ﬁddle and
guitar. Inspired by the likes of Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Mark O'Conner,
Luke's perfectly blended harmonies and his instrumental expertise
together with Stephanie's artistry and performance make for a dynamic
audiences are discovering from coast to coast. Luke was formerly a member of the band Fanny Grace. With them, he worked all over the country opening for such musical heavyweights as Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band.
His instrumentals have received national television placements, and now
in concert with Stephanie, Luke has the opportunity to share some of
his original songs as well. Together, Stephanie Bettman & Luke
Halpin have been regulars at some of LA's best listening rooms
including The Coffee Gallery Backstage, as well as the California Traditional Music Society's concert series, and BASC's annual Taste Of Folk Festival and monthly concert series.
a mulit-talented performer, Stephanie Bettman has worked frequently as
an actress; starring in plays, musicals, and operas from Los Angeles to
New York, with many stops in between. She is also a trained athlete,
having performed as a trapeze and circeau artist for several years in
the Los Angeles area. She is no stranger to focus and discipline.
Luckily for us she has decided to pour all of her creative impulses
into her music, and she is now working on writing her second album.
For more information visit: www.stephaniebettman.com
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
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