With her CD, Bettman’s careers as a singer — and as a songwriter — appear destined for wider recognition.
“Get Close To Me” : Stephanie Bettman
3 1/2 Stars
Stephanie Bettman’s singing voice will remind you of a cross between Emmylou Harris and Joan Baez.
In her debut CD, Bettman, who also is a fine fiddler and composer, produces more than a sound-alike vocals. She also creates an eminently listenable mix of music that covers plenty of territories of style, from bluegrass to folk ballads and laments to country.
My favorite cut is “I Love Ya Honey”, which I think has the potential as a country music song-along hit with Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Up Against The Wall.”
Bettman’s tune is about an independent woman telling this to her lover man: “I don’t wanna be your girlfriend/I don’t wanna be your wife/ I’m not trying to take you over/ I don’t wanna run your life/ I’m not lookin’ for a saviour/ If you leave I’ll be OK / So don’t make the wrong assumption, baby / I just got one thing to say…”
“The Letting Go” is part advice, part lament from three points of view. A grandfather advises his grandddaughter on less is more/ a woman informing her mom about her man leaving, and the mother says, “it’s not who you love but who you choose to be”, and the parents grieving the loss of their child and the singer saying “it’s not how long you stay but how much love you leave behind.”
The title cut, a love ballad, recalls the poetry of Walt Whitman.
Bettman, a Sandia Hight School graduate, lives in Los Angeles. With her CD, Bettman’s careers as a singer — and as a songwriter — appear destined for wider recognition.
The Albuquerque Journal Venue
June 12, 2009