Lucy Kaplansky

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades: 1990s 2000s


2 February 1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Kaplansky’s father was a professor of mathematics as well as an accomplished pianist, which gave his young daughter an equal grounding in academia and music. She became involved in the Chicago folk scene, and then moved up to New York in 1978 to catch the current folk revival. Kaplansky worked with another young singer, Shawn Colvin, but when the duo was offered a recording contract Kaplansky elected to study psychology. After gaining her doctorate, Kaplansky worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan with the mentally ill and homeless. She still found the time to appear on albums by Colvin (1989’s Steady On), Nanci Griffith (1987’s Lone Star State Of Mind and the following year’s Little Love Affairs) and John Gorka, and worked with Suzanne Vega on the soundtrack to Pretty In Pink.

Colvin returned the favour by producing Kaplansky’s debut album, The Tide, which eventually...

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