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Lucy Kaplansky

Lucy Kaplansky - Over The Hills - 2007 - Red House

Today, Lucy Kaplansky is one of acoustic music's most respected and intelligent songwriters. She is also a great vocalist. "Over The Hills" is a beautifully produced album which fuses rock, folk, country and pop. Her style is often reminiscent of the great and vastly underrated Americana/folk rock artist James McMurtry. Lucy is backed by artists including guitarists Duke Levine, Ben Wittman, and also the extraordinarily gifted musician, Jon Herington on acoustic and electric guitar. Five of the ten tracks are collaborations with Richard Litvin. The other five tracks include June Carter & Merle Kilgore's "Ring Of Fire", Loudon Wainwright III's "Swimming Song", Julie Miller's "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go", Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon", and an unusual cover of Bryan Ferry's "More Than This". This is a really good album, from a very talented lady. [ All tracks @ 160 Kbps: File size = 46.4 Mb]. Lucy's albums, "The Tide", "Flesh and Bone", and "The Red Thread" can be found on this blog. Buy her great "Ten Year Night" album and support real music


1 Manhattan Moon - Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Litvin
2 Amelia - Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Litvin
3 More Than This - Bryan Ferry
4 Ring of Fire - June Carter & Merle Kilgore
5 Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III
6 Today's the Day - Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Litvin
7 Over The Hills - Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Litvin
8 Somewhere Trouble Don't Go - Julie Miller
9 Someday Soon - Ian Tyson
10 Gift - Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Litvin


Lucy Kaplansky - acoustic guitar, vocals, background vocals
Duke Levine - acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, National steel guitar, mandola, mandolin
Ben Wittman - electric 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar, organ, harmonium, drums, floor tom, percussion
Jon Herington - acoustic & electric guitar
Larry Campbell - acoustic guitar
Stephan Crump - acoustic & electric bass
Charlie Giordano - accordion
Eliza Gilkyson, Jonatha Brooke, Richard Shindell, Buddy Miller - background vocals


When Lucy Kaplansky was 18 years old, she shocked her neighbors in the Hyde Park area near the University of Chicago when, instead of going to college, she went to New York City with her boyfriend to become a folksinger. Fifteen years later, having become a clinical psychologist as well as a sought-after duet and harmony singer, she made another surprising decision: she gave up her private practice and her position at a New York hospital to pursue a full-time singing career. Drawn to Greenwich Village in the late '70s by the resurgence of the folk scene, she became a regular at Gerde's Folk City. By 1982, she was a member of the CooP (later Fast Folk) and was featured on nine of the group's "musical magazines," along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, Richard Shindell, and others. By 1983, however, Kaplansky had enrolled in New York University with the aim of becoming a psychologist. Well known on the folk scene for her crystalline harmonies, Kaplansky sang harmony vocals on Nanci Griffith's Lone Star State of Mind and Little Love Affairs albums and performed in New York clubs as a duo with Colvin while earning her Ph.D. from Yeshiva University. But when she and Colvin attracted attention from record companies, Kaplansky declined, becoming a staff psychologist at a New York hospital and establishing a private practice while Colvin recorded her first three albums for Columbia Records. As a record of what Lucy had accomplished on the folk scene, and to give Colvin a chance to try her hand at production, the two collaborated on Kaplansky's first album, The Tide, comprising three of Kaplansky's own compositions and a collection of well-worn covers, including songs by Richard Thompson, Sting, and Robin Batteau. By 1994, when The Tide was released by Red House Records, Kaplansky decided to shift gears again and become a full-time touring folksinger. She spent much of the next few years playing the folk circuit of coffeehouses, church halls, and festivals, accompanying herself on guitar and performing in concert with Shindell and Gorka. In 1996, Red House Records released her second album, Flesh and Bone, produced by Anton Sanko (Vega's Solitude Standing and Days of Open Hand). It includes eight original songs (co-written with Kaplansky's husband, filmmaker Richard Litvin), as well as duets with Shindell and Gorka. Ten Year Night followed in 1999. Every Single Day appeared in 2001 on Red House Records, with Red Thread in 2004 and Over the Hills in 2007, both also on Red House. © Claire Keaveney © 2011 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/lucy-kaplansky-p44854/biography