KBCS91.3.fm is celebrating their 40th anniversary, and as part of the announcement of this great milestone, they are partnering with SFS to promote the Lucy Kaplansky show. Listen for mention of her show, and details for a free pair of tickets.
Lucy started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, and others. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone's favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. But then Lucy dropped it all. Convinced that her calling was in another direction, Lucy left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, Dr. Kaplansky took a job at a New York hospital, and also started a private practice. Yet she continued to sing. Lucy was often pulled back into the studio by her friends, wanting her to sing on their albums. Then Shawn Colvin who was itching to produce a record hooked up with Lucy, her ex-singing partner. They went into the studio, and it all came together. She signed with Red House and started playing gigs, and began touring so much it required leaving her two psychologist positions behind. In 1998 Lucy teamed with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form supergroup Cry Cry Cry, and recorded some of their favorite songs written by other artists. The resulting album, Cry Cry Cry, was an astonishing success. A national tour of sold-out concerts by the trio served to introduce Lucy's luminous voice to a new audience. Lucy's life as a mother has enhanced the emotional depth of her songwriting. Her 2007 release Over the Hills explored universal themes of love, joy, loss, and dreams for the future, through reflections on family. After the release of Over the Hills, The Boston Globe referred to Lucy as "becoming the songwriter laureate of modern city folk." In 2010 Lucy joined up with acclaimed singer-songwriters John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson to record an album as part of new folk super-group Red Horse. Awash in gorgeous harmonies and simple acoustic production, the album features the singers performing each other's songs. Lucy released "Reunion", her seventh solo CD, in 2012. For this album, Lucy reunited with her impressive core of musicians Buddy Miller, Richard Shindell, Jonatha Brooke, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, and others creating a true masterwork. Lucy continues to perform all over the world. When not performing, she lives in New York City, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and nine year-old daughter.
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