Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
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Diamond is an epic musical journey, brilliant, stunning, and courageous. It is daringly original in both voice and theme, tackling such subject matter as child abuse, anorexia, and life after death. But such heavy hitting subject matter feels beautiful and cathartic in the deft hands of this talented Americana duo. This is a new venture for Bettman & Halpin in that they have set aside the fast pickin’ flash of their bluegrass roots, and focused on texture and emotion, creating beautiful arrangements on which lay Ms Bettman’s powerful vocals and Mr Halpin’s shimmering harmony.


Using all the tools at their disposal they’ve created a journey for the listener, beginning with the anthemic “I will survive” themed title track “Diamond”, to the final rock solid wisdom gleened from having survived in “Shades Of “Blue”. One particularly delicate track is “Children Don’t Tell”. The title alone give one pause. Ms Bettman has once again paired a dark subject matter with a jaunty and catchy melody that casts a spell of normalcy upon this indelible story song. Other stand out tracks include the hauntingly mysterious, “Lady With The Lantern”, the circus cemetery ballad “Flowers And Stone”, and the sorrowful celebration of a dear friend’s life in “Bluestem”.


This album has cohesion in it’s production surpassing Bettman & Halpin’s previous recordings. The CD seems to have a very feminine voice, likely because all but one of the tracks were written by Ms Bettman. The duo has embraced the beauty and the depth of her artistry, not only as a songwriter, but also as a producer. Though Mr Halpin is clearly present and accounted for – he plays a majority of the instruments on the album, recorded and mixed the record, penned the beautiful instrumental track “Winter’s Waltz”, and of course adds his signature harmonies.


In the age of the digital single, Bettman & Halpin have created a CD worthy of a glass of wine and a good listen, from start to finish.

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10 reviews for Diamond

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
    ByJerry Morganon February 24, 2018
    Format: MP3 Music
    Great record. Finely crafted songs, tight instrumentals, great vocals and harmonies. I highly recommend this CD.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsDiamond makes me think of a friend who recently left a bad relationship and is struggling with the grief of a …
    ByJanice Lindon November 8, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    Bettman & Helpin are able to put difficult issues to music with words that suggest healing and growth while not diminishing the anguish. Diamond makes me think of a friend who recently left a bad relationship and is struggling with the grief of a failed union and a broken heart. When I listen to The Darker Side of Happy my heart goes out to dear friends and family who have been affected personally by suicide.
    And then there’s the music, which delights my senses. I love the energy Bettman & Halpin put into their songs; it’s a pure gift to the receiver. Their melodies can calm, energize, soothe or excite the listener. And their harmony never fails to impress me; two beautiful voices blending together perfectly. Bettman & Halpin use their talents to translate their experiences in life into song, thus sharing their precious souls and hearts with fortunate listeners.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsNo modest gem – this shines brilliantly.
    ByItzPeggyon September 10, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin have always set the bar high for other artists, and they set the bar high for themselves as well, always outdoing themselves with each new album. This time, they’re stratospheric – DIAMOND is chock full of stunning vocals, lyrics that reach right into the center of your soul and stir it, melodies that surround your heart with all the joy and emotion needed to support the lyrics. Oh, and then, there’s the 5-star musicianship of virtuoso Stephanie on violin/fiddle, and Luke on anything he plays. Strings are his things – 4 6, 8, 12 – you name it, he’s got it. Stephanie’s has the uncanny ability to take very difficult and traumatic circumstances and transform them into beautiful songs with loving stories. This is diamonds and onyx and rubies and emeralds and precious metals delivered from the strings of their instruments and the gloriously shining vocals that have always set them apart from the crowd in the box of hopeful gems.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoy !
    ByLucia McGranahanon September 1, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    I connected not only with the melodies, but with the words.
    I have seen them in live performance and I love that they use their lives experiences to inspire their work.
    My goal with this couple is to own all the cd’s they make and see as many performances as are within my area.
    Keep ‘um coming…

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsto everyone’s delight!
    ByAnn Hickson August 28, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    A marvelous album that can be played over and over again, to everyone’s delight!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsRemarkable voicings and harmonies. Some of the violin sections …
    BySteve S.on August 26, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    Remarkable voicings and harmonies. Some of the violin sections are haunting and the lyrics reflect the essence of folk music.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsThis CD is not a Diamond in the rough. …
    Byb.c.b.on August 24, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    This CD is not a Diamond in the rough . It’s polished and clean and shining. Their music has a fresh take on folk and country music. Stephanie’s music writing dares to put notes to subjects in society that you would normally not think possibly to turn out such an inspirational song . Causing the listener to hum it long after it’s been played and to think about the message. The music of Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin is inspirational ,clean and toe tapping. Their blend of vocals styling and their instrumental talents ( fiddling, guitar mandolin ) can have any listener swaying.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    5.0 out of 5 starsFabulously New and Different
    ByGerald K. Hobarton August 24, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    If you haven’t heard Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin you are missing out on a beautiful experience. Their “Diamond” album is the best yet.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beautiful stories put to music – you’ll love this CD!
    ByMelissaon August 24, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    I am truly enjoying this CD. How refreshing to hear simply beautiful music – not overproduced, but beautiful because of talent and heart. Every song is like going on a journey, like a little story that as it unfolds, you feel like you’re a part of it somehow.

    I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys timeless songwriting in the folk tradition.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    The real deal!
    ByShaneon August 24, 2015
    Format: MP3 Music
    Words that mean something and great playing to boot! Bettman & Halpin take you back to when you actually listened to music and didn’t just have it playing in the background. Take the time to enjoy this great music. Then go see them live!

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