Review: Country Jukebox

That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly is a bit uncanny.

The song-writer, singer and outstanding fiddle virtuoso, Stephanie Bettman who hails from Albuquerque, NM and now calls L.A., California home has produced an album, “Get Close to Me,” with powerful songs that stick in your mind.

In the recording produced by GRAMMY winner Richard Greene, the singer convinces with a clear, expressive voice.  The eleven impressive songs of deep intensity feature the songwriting of this charming newcomer.  With the exception of “Evening Prayer Blues,” a DeFord Bailey composition, all of the songs are original, written without any collaboration.  The instrumentation is perfect and mostly subdued.  The base tone is melancholy and thoughtful, sometimes very sad. The text of the songs is full of wonderful observations on life.  It is a CD which wouldn’t heat up a party, but one which brings magic to a living room.  That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly is a bit uncanny.  “Get Close to Me” is an album that deserves a place of honor in any collection of CDs held by fans of singer/songwriters.

by Max W. Achatz
From Germany’s
Country Jukebox – New Faces
September 2008

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