While studying to be a psychologist, Kaplansky started out in a duo with Shawn Colvin in the ’80s. Lucy has also collaborated in Cry Cry Cry with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell and in Red Horse with John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson.
She’s shown up a lot on other people’s albums and she continues to put out solo recordings. It just seems, though, she never receives the due or attention she deserves for her own work that just keeps coming one good album after another.
Reunion is Lucy’s seventh solo album, featuring seven songs written by her and her husband, Richard Litvin, and four sterling covers—one a lovely version of Eliza Gilkyson’s The Beauty Way and then a terrific growly bluesy version of Woody Guthrie’s This Morning I Am Born Again featuring Buddy Miller with some great backup vocals.
Thematically it holds together as songs of family and reuniting, and family is important as she sings in a terrific little song called Scavenger: “But you’ll walk with the ones you love
/ In the valleys of your life
/ You’ll always stand with the ones you keep /
In the valley of your life”.
Lucy Kaplansky just chugs along putting out good records every couple of years. Take a chance and explore the Reunion.
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