February 6, 1999
On a chill, grey evening, Lucy Kaplansky came to Huntington and filled our house in many ways. Her growing reputation, earned in part from her new recording Cry Cry Cry, filled all the seats of our ample auditorium to SRO. She also filled our house with her voice, a voice that has been described as "sweet and pure as fresh sheets and ice water". And her concert was strong and complex and left our hearts filled with warmth.
Link to: Lucy Kaplansky's web site
She presented us with songs from Cry Cry Cry, and from her upcoming new album which will be out next month. We heard loving stories of her mother, and clever ditties written by her father paeons to mathematics and an asteroid honeymoon.
In our preview for the concert, we wrote that "Lucy Kaplansky is emerging as one of the most engaging talents in the acoustic world. She came from the Greenwich Village folk scene, where she made her mark singing with Shawn Colvin and recording with Colvin, John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, and Nanci Griffith. As a performer, Lucy combines honesty and emotional intensity with her warmth and humor; as a songwriter her approach is original and powerful.
"She released her debut album The Tide in 1994 to critical acclaim. The Associated Press proclaimed "This astonishing debut album is full of gems ... She is clearly among the largest talents on the acoustic scene today." Her album The Tide became an acoustic radio mainstay, and Lucy appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," "Mountain Stage," "West Coast Live" and "Acoustic Cafe."
"The arrangements on her follow-up release, Flesh and Bone, are exhilarating and provide the perfect foundation for her remarkable music talent. That recording was hailed as one of the top albums of '96 by the Associated Press: "...an extraordinary, luminous collection of songs with lyrics that read like poetry and music that ranges from lacy folk to bluegrass to country to pop." - Associated Press
"Now Lucy has teamed with talented singer-songwriters Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to create Cry Cry Cry, a recording (on Razor & Tie) of songs written by artists like James Keelaghan, R.E.M., Robert Earl Keen, Greg Brown, Ron Sexsmith, and many others. Lucy, Dar and Richard will be touring together nationally in the winter, supporting the new record. Lucy also has a new solo record, currently being completed, which is tentatively titled Ten Year Night, and is scheduled for an early spring 1999 release. "
This was a wonderful evening with a gifted new talent!