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Lucy Kaplansky

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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Reunion

1. Scavenger

2. The Beauty Way

3. Mother's Day

4. Life Is Beautiful

5. This Morning I Am Born Again

6. Reunion

7. Gone Gone Gone

8. I'll See You Again

9. My Father's Son

10. I'm Looking Through You

11. Sleep Well

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Track List: Over The Hills

1. Manhattan Moon

2. Amelia

3. More Than This

5. Swimming Song

6. Today's The Day

7. Over The Hills

8. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

9. Someday Soon

10. The Gift

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Track List: The Red Thread

1. I Had Something

2. Line In The Sand

3. Love Song / New York

4. This Is Home

5. Off And Running

6. Land Of The Living

7. Cowboy Singer

8. Hole In My Head

9. The Red Thread

10. Brooklyn Train

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Track List: Every Single Day

1. Written On The Back Of His Hand

2. Crazy Dreams

3. Every Single Day

4. Don't Mind Me

5. Broken Things

6. Guilty As Sin

7. Nowhere

8. No More Excuses

9. Song For Molly

10. You're Still Standing There

11. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night

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Track List: Ten Year Night

1. Ten Year Night

2. End Of The Day

3. One Good Reason

4. Five In The Morning

5. Promise Me

6. Turn The Lights Back On

7. Just You Tonight

8. For Once In Your Life

9. Somewhere Out There

10. A Child's Hands

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Track List: Flesh And Bone

1. Scorpion

2. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

3. If You Could See

4. Don't Renege On Our Love

5. Still Life

6. This Is Mine

7. Mary And The Soldier

8. Love Is The Ride

9. The Thief

10. Edges

11. The Return Of The Grievous Angel

12. Ruby

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Track List: The Tide

1. The Tide

2. When I Get To The Border

3. Texas Blues

4. The Heart

5. My Name Is Joe

6. Somebody's Home

7. Guinevere

8. Delivery Truck

9. You Just Need A Home

10. The Eyes Of My Beholder

11. Secret Journey

12. Goodnight

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Track List: Life Threads

1. Life Threads

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Glad you guys fixed the bio. This is a tough crowd on mistakes. I'm betting John and Lucy found it as funny as this crowd was outraged.
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Doing her therapy for us using music!
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Have listened to Lucy for years. One of my favorites alon with Eva Cassidy
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Another discovery thanks to Pandora. Interesting bio.
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Amazing work
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garrickconne c t i o n
Lucy has the passion of a real artist to give up her profession as a Clinical Psychologist to do what she really loves!
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mark.bruce20
AWESOME VOICE!

MOONSHADOW
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vcoryell9
Maybe if we looked up John Gorka, we'd find Lucy Kaplansky's bio?
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What the hell?
This is the wrong Bio.
NOT Lucy K. Pandora.
Nice song though.
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This isn't Lucy's bio at all. Wrong artist.
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superwawa729
Misplaced/in c o r r e c t Bio for wrong artist.
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It appears that Pandora's database has been providing alternative identities for Ms Kaplansky for literally years. One would think that after having first switched her with John Gorka, they would have been more careful with the fix. At least the current error is closer. Eliza Gilkyson is at least a match in gender.
Maybe the premium users get correct data as an incentive to buy. Or Pandora is part of a strange witness protection and uidentity alteration program for singer songwriters.
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mv881
What a crack up- two mix ups on the bio. I like both John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson. At least they didn't mix them up with Linkin Park or Green Day. lol
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cbovesrun
still the wrong bio
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kksigns
This is the wrong bio.
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why do we have John Gorka's phone for Lucy ?
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dwarncke6
Lucy and John are the best of friends but I don't think they have exchanged identitys yet.
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hclausen2
I believe you have the wrong Bio for Kaplansky, yes?
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Or she looks a heap more butch lately.
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nellessen
JOHN GORKA IS NOT LUCY KAPLANSKY. QUALITY CONTROL PLEASE
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It is quite amazing how much Lucy looks like John Gorka. Her music isn't reflective of her looks.
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This has been like this for quite a while.
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Hmm! We need an editor, better code org. or a razor! All minor stuff up against the talents of those two artists. Love 'em both! Especially live. Saddle up and go get those tickets now, but take care of that horse in Manhattan.
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Yeah, I thought the beard looked awfully familiar...a n d not belonging to Lucy.
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Has John Gorka has a sex change? That sound's more like Lucy Kaplansky than John's baritone.
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dwarncke6
Lucy is one of those who makes it look so easy. It seems effortless for her.
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I think the bios got mixed up because of "Red Horse" since there are multiple artists on that one. I adore Lucy K's music... it's stunning.
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jacklyngambl e
Don't know why Gorka's bio shows for Lucy. Love both of them but Lucy has a pretty interesting story of her own! This song (The Red Thread) makes me tear up!!
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mdonnelly872
I was introduced to Lucy at the Tin Angle in Philly last spring and have become a big fan. Don't miss a chance to see her live!
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skippy243
Gorka has an interesting bio and nice photo, but Lucy Kaplansky is singing Mary and the Soldier.
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inrlr
John Gorka's great, but Lucy is much prettier than his photo! What happened to Lucy's bio?
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John Gorka's bio is filed incorrectly under Lucy Kaplansky's music.
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lulu910
I absolutely adore Lucy Kaplansky's voice and music.
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someday soon is an all time killer. god bless the songwriters.
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I just got to see her live and meet her. She is totally awesome.
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jkpesven
Man I love her smoooooth voice.
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Jewel pleasantly crossed my mind~!
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good work
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pdsnickles
Discovered her at "Hear Music" store a few years ago. I really like "Ten Year Night", haven't heard much of the others yet but I just used her as a seed so we'll see what that turns up. Ain't Pandora great?
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anglin5455
New to me. Deep, intense voice I can believe in when she's singing. And I can sing along. Beautiful.
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She's also pretty amazing on the Cry Cry Cry album with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell.
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You have got to see her live...altho u g h the CD's are great too. Lucy K. is one fine singer/songw r i t e r . And a special thanks for coming clear down to Moundridge, Ks. for a concert a few years back! I'm sure Lucy didn't think much of it, but things have a way of expanding exponentiall y . I'm glad she didn't stick with psychology. She can give lots of people insight with her songs.
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Beautiful, beautiful, dreamy and clear. I have heard her before as I am a fan of Griffith and Colvin. Thanks for reminding me and I will check her touring schedule now.
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lazepol1
She made me look! I agree with Parker--
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She is awesome in person. A very warm, friendly person. She's great
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this is the kind of find I'm looking for on pandora. she's brilliant.
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greenthalbre n d a
very nice

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