KCET Presents Inspiring Documentary on Award-Winning Southern California Acoustic Duo Bettman & Halpin

"It All Comes Back to Love Tour" Offers an Intimate Glimpse into the Lives of Acclaimed Musical Storytellers


LOS ANGELES (Nov. 29, 2012) - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, invites viewers to an intimate presentation of the award-winning acoustic duo, Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin in the film, It All Comes Back to Love Tour. The film airs on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. on KCET and features an in-studio interview and performance by the artists.

Ushering in a new acoustic era, marked by a fresh take on folk Americana, It All Comes Back to Love Tour blends musical performances with revealing conversations with Bettman & Halpin about their music, vulnerabilities associated with performing and connecting with fans.

"We're pleased to share with our viewers the expressive and joyful sounds of Bettman & Halpin," said Bohdan Zachary, Vice President of Broadcast, Syndication & Program Development for KCET. "This film provides an introspective look into the duo's creative process and their impact on the Southern California music scene."

As a duo, Bettman & Halpin are fast earning a reputation in folk and bluegrass circles for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have toured together since 2008 and have won many awards including "Best Instrumental" for Buttonwillow in the 2012 Great American Song Contest.  As master storytellers in the fireside tradition, Bettman & Halpin portray intricate scenes ranging from vibrant to haunting, to stories that inspire and uplift.

"I describe our music as 'rootsy' because it springs from the traditions of American blues, jazz and folk," said Stephanie Bettman.  "Our music is also contemporary and our lyrics come from present-day conversations about what it is to be human in the world today."

Dan Blackburn is the executive producer for It All Comes Back to Love Tour; David Carstens is the producer, cinematographer and editorFor more information about Bettman & Halpin, including upcoming performances, please visit: www.bettmanandhalpin.com

 

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

About Stephanie Bettman

Stephanie Bettman is accomplished songwriter, with a gift for unforgettably moving lyrics. As a vocalist, she has drawn comparisons to such legendary singers as Emmylou Harris and Joan Baez. Meanwhile, her award-winning fiddling, combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, with influences from such masters as Stéphane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny Gimble. Bettman is classically trained in opera, violin and voice and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory.

About Luke Halpin

Luke Halpin is a renowned, self-taught multi-instrumentalist (drawing inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O'Connor and Tony Rice).  He is equally adept on mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, as well as a dynamic vocalist and harmony singer.  Halpin has opened for Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band, among others.

 

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