Betse & Clarke



river still rise (self-released, 2016)

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The reviews are starting to come in...

While the pair can easily let loose on songs such as Diamond Joe, Take A Drink On Me and the rollicking Rolling River (with Betse’s vocals whoopin’ away) elsewhere there’s an elegiac grandeur, a reverential nod to those pioneers who created such great music in such hard times. This is probably most evident on the pair of tunes associated with Ms. Hensley, Jericho and Fill My Way With Love, the former almost a chamber piece, delicate and awe inspiring.
— Paul Kerr, Blabber 'n' Smoke
Even as it revives music desperately in need of revival, River Still Rise moves beyond the simple rescue of things past. The Wyatt-composed “Stepping on Ghosts” (which could have been a contender for the CD title) is a minimalist tune equally at home at either a bluegrass jam on the courthouse lawn in Ironton, Missouri or sandwiched in a contemporary program between Steven Reich and Philip Glass, the comprehensive bridge between Ozark fiddle tunes and contemporary chamber ensembles delivered in a mere 2:31.
— Mike Warren, KCUR
Traditional/future folk duo Betse & Clarke have announced their debut full-length album, “River Still Rise,” a spectacular collection of originals and reworked traditional tracks intended to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name.
The Banjo Cafe considers River Still Rise to be one of the very finest releases of 2016, and one that should be a part of every music lover’s collection. A stunning collection that forces old-time music to take a fresh look at where its been and where its headed.
— Scott Tichenor, Banjo Cafe

You can read the press release here:




We are so pleased to have been guests on the Ozark Highlands Radio program. Listen to the performances and interview:




by Betse & Clarke


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Here... have a preview track! This is the traditional fiddle tune "Give the Fiddler a Dram", followed by a Betse original song, "Pig on a Stone". Perhaps a cause and effect thing going on here...

And, one more... This is a traditional tune, "The Squirrel Hunters", made popular by John Hartford (one of our biggest heroes). We went exploring...