NEW CD NAME/PACKAGE: I sold out of my CD of me singing my mathematician dad Irving's song ("Kaplansky Sings Kaplansky"), and I finally re-named it something, well, more mathematical: "Kaplansky Squared" (which is what I should have named it in the first place). It's only available at my shows and here, and you can have it autographed to anyone you want.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my show at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair NJ on 11/18 had to be rescheduled, the new date is Saturday 12/3/22.
I was interviewed about my new album by the great Scott Simon on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" on July 16, you can listen to the whole interview here.
Here are some more wonderful comments about my new album: "Utterly beautiful and affecting...Lucy sings songs from her life that have resonance in ours" - Scott Simon, NPR's Weekend Edition; "Magnificent"- Michael Stock, WLRN Miami- "Lucy's best record yet" - Allan Larman, Folkscene Radio; "Splendid" - Steve Martin's Unreal Bluegrass; "A wonderful piece of work" - John Broughton, Casey Radio, Australia; "The depth of feeling in her words and music still move me no matter how many times I listen" - Marcie Finkelstein, WMNF
I'm thrilled with the response so far to my new album "Last Days of Summer"! The album has been called "exquisite" by Michael Granberry of The Dallas Morning News, and Folk Alley raved "Kaplansky delivers more of her exceptionally well-written songs. Stylistically, the album shifts from rock to bluegrass to the typical songwriter vibe, but tying it all together is Kaplansky’s honest vocals, easy melodies, and well-crafted lyricism."
My new album is out now! you can buy it here.
My new album is now available for pre-order! "Last Days of Summer" will be released digitally June 2 and will be available for shipping approximately 10 days later. If you order it now, you will receive it digitally the day it is released. It'll ONLY be available through my website and at shows and won't be streaming anywhere. There are six original songs and also 4 covers: "Ford Econoline" by Nanci Griffith, "These Days" by Jackson Browne, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Lee Hazlewood, and "Gold Watch and Chain" by A.P Carter. The stellar band features Duke Levine on guitars and mandolin, Mike Rivard on bass and Ben Wittman on drums, along with harmonies by John Gorka and Richard Shindell.
Come join me on Patreon! Patreon's a platform where fans support artists of all kinds, you'll get access to my very first live streaming concerts, as well as videos, interviews with my music pals, unreleased songs and videos, and lots of other exclusive content. And of course you'll be helping me build a more sustainable income source so I can keep on writing and recording (I'm hoping to record a new album this fall). You can check out/sign up for my Patreon page here.
My first Patreon post is a never before seen clip of me with the great Duke Levine performing "Let it Be" at City Winery in New York. I have the entire concert on video, have never shared any of it, more posts will be coming. It was shot by the club and it sounds pretty darned good. You can watch it here.
Watch the (very low tech) video of my BRAND NEW SONG, "Mary's Window," a hopeful song for these times.
I'll be doing my very first online concert on Friday June 26 at 8 PM, as a benefit for A Home Within. You can watch the concert here. It will also be archived online, details to follow.
As a former psychologist, A Home Within is very close to my heart, it's a national organization that provides free psychotherapy to current and former foster youth through a network of volunteer psychotherapists.
I was interviewed and performed 2 songs on "All of It with Alison Stewart" on WNYC, the big NPR station in New York. You can listen to the interview here.
Listen to my performance of my song "Keeping Time," about Philip Seymour Hoffman, on the wonderful and hilarious public radio show "Livewire Radio" with host Luke Burbank.
For the very first time you can buy the album of me singing my mathematician dad's songs ONLINE! It's only been available at my shows up until now. You can buy it here. The album features studio versions of me accompanied by amazing NY-based pianist Andy Ezrin, as well as my dad sitting in with me on piano (and occasional witty asides) on his songs at a live show in Berkeley CA in 2000 (when he was 83).
Watch the video of me singing "Old Friends" with the wonderful Shawn Colvin singing harmony. The song is about the two of us, and Shawn calls it "our song."
It's looking like my new album will be released on Sept. 28. It's mixed, still needs a few mastering tweaks, then it's done. The artwork is finished (I designed the CD package and took the cover and inside photos), it should go to the manufacturer next week. And it turns out I have TWO very special guests on harmony, my old friends Shawn Colvin and Richard Shindell. Shawn sings a duet with me on "Old Friends," a song I wrote about her and me, our long-time friendship, and our times together in the early days of the Greenwich Village folk scene. You can pre-order the album and hear song excerpts here. You can see the artwork, credits and lyrics here.