Description of Lucy Kaplansky's Music:
Recommended CDs by Lucy Kaplansky:
Over the Hills (Red House Records, 2006) compare prices
Reunion (Red House Records, 2012) compare prices
Purchase/Download Lucy Kaplansky MP3s:
"This Morning I Am Born Again" (from Reunion)
"The Ballad of Mary Magdalene" (from Fast Folk Musical Magazine Vol. 8, No. 6 - 1995 Fast Folk Revue, Live at the Bottom Line)
Lucy Kaplansky Biography:
There, she found herself among a vibrant collection of budding folksingers, and began frequenting a songwriter's night headed by Jack Hardy and others, known as Fast Folk. Through the Fast Folk scene, Kaplansky developed friendships and collaborative relationships with folks like John Gorka, Shawn Colvin, Richard Shindell, Eliza Gilkyson, and countless others. She and Colvin even frequently performed together as a duo, earning major label attention in which Kaplansky ultimately decided she wasn't interested. Rather than continue to pursue a career in music at that point, she left the songwriting world and went to college.
Kaplansky earned a phD in psychology and opened a practice in Manhattan for a few years. She also began raising a child and, ultimately, decided she was more passionate about the music than she was about her psychology practice. So, returning to the fold of Greenwich Village songstress, Kaplansky inked a deal with Red House Records (the label home of fellow Fast Folkers like John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson - with whom she recorded a collaborative album titled Red Horse in 2010), Kaplansky started making her way as an independent singer-songwriter.
Since then, she has released eight studio albums and toured extensively throughout the US and across the world. In addition to her collaborative album with Gorka and Gilkyson, she joined forces with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell in 1998 for a collaborative disc under the moniker of Cry Cry Cry.
In 2012, Kaplansky released another disc teeming with collaborations, but this time it was more focused on her friends backing her up on her own songs. The disc is titled Reunion and includes appearances by Gorka, Gilkyson, Eberhardt, and a number of others. It also places a number of remarkably stirring, personal original tunes next to cover songs by Woody Guthrie, Eliza Gilkyson and more. Kaplansky is an avid road warrior, and you can find her on tour via the tour dates listed on her website.