Fiddler, songwriter and vocalist Stephanie Bettman and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Luke Halpin are two of the most dynamic singer-songwriters and musicians to ever create an album. We love this quote from their Facebook page: “Some have said Bettman & Halpin is what would happen if Joan Baez had a lovechild with Charlie Daniels. . . With roots in both bluegrass and classical music, Bettman & Halpin bring unforgettable soaring vocals and virtuosic instrumentation to their original Americana Folk Music.” Along the way, they have won a myriad of competitions, including the 2008 SoCal Music Live acoustic competition, the 2007 Topanga Banjo/Fiddle contest, and been selected one of Folk Works Top 10 LA-based female singer-songwriters as well as one of Music Connection Magazine‘s Top 25 New Music Critiques, both in 2008. Their latest project brings all of this out, and reveals a duo that prove that the finished product is so much more than the sum of its parts. We love every track on this album, especially the impressive cover of John Denver‘s “Take me Home Country Roads” and the amazing vocal harmonies on “Don’t let it get you Down.”
Recommendation: Drop everything and go Get this one. You won’t want to stop listening. This one is perfect for your next road trip.