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Bluegrass with a bit of soul.
Our evening listening to Stephanie Bettman with Luke Halpin at the Lawrence Public Library Monday, June 21, 2010, transcended descriptive labels of their type of music. It was about two musicians with amazing individual talent, combined to perfection. It was about original songs with both tender and upbeat lyrics. And, finally it was about Stephanie and Luke as they bantered between each other and those of us gathered in the library auditorium.
Stephanie began their concert on a positive note by admitting despite wind, hail and heat, they love Kansas, especially the friendly people. That is from a native Californian. Perhaps their love for the region shows in their song list which contains traditional Midwest values in the lyrics. “Stiff Upper Lip.” “It All Comes Back to Love” with the words, “But the seeds of love are planted, and I know they will grow.” Songs performed last night and on their latest CD, “Beautiful Place” and “After the Storm” spoke to more than city lights and urban noise.
Also noteworthy, I feel it displays talent and confidence in playing and singing ability to not overload the audience with loud sound.. What a treat to quietly hear the ending mandolin chord.
Check Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin web site as well as their Facebook page. There are links to songs and appearance dates. Perhaps they will be near a vacation destination and would definitely be worth a stop. They are a part of a new trend in Home Concerts and as independent musicians, they are open for bookings.
Maria Butler of the Lawrence Public Library once again landed an excellent program often heard on a much larger stage. Check the Events Calendar on their web site for future similar bookings. I have never been disappointed.