Lucy Kaplansky (from the album Everyday Street available as a self-release)
Choices define our lives. Within the cyclical ebb and flow of success in business, the space between the peaks is often a land where anything is possible while no maps or guidelines are available. The music business model for independence has put musicians in the role of small business owners, which circles back to choices. Lucy Kaplansky fully takes on the job description with her recent release, Everyday Street. In addition to her name on the album cover with words and music for Everyday Street, Lucy Kaplansky is project manager, handling all aspects of promotion, and giving her company brand exclusive rights to the album, selling through her website and at shows, foregoing online sale sites and streaming services. If artist performance is where a career begins, Lucy Kaplansky brings the base of her business model back to basics, answering the call of fans for a recording close to a live show experience with Everyday Street.
Recorded in four days, Everyday Street offers Lucy Kaplansky songs, co-written with husband Richard Litvin, with the majority of playing from Lucy (guitar, mandolin, piano) along with Duke Levine (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandola, National guitar, and octave mandolin). Longtime friend Richard Shindell joins on harmony (“Keeping Time”) as well as Shawn Colvin, on vocals and in the storyline of “Old Friends”, the tale taking the two songwriters back to their early days in the Folk scene of Greenwich Village. Children grow fast, the time passing even quicker in song as Lucy Kaplansky takes a ten-year-old back to a first birthday as she watches the calendar pages fly by on “Sixth Avenue:”. Seasons step to the dance in “Janie’s Waltz” as memories and present moments drift in “The Tide” and guitar strings quiet to bid good night and goodbye in “Day is Done”. Lucy Kaplansky takes on the songs of other artists on Everyday Street, performing tunes from her stage show, borrowing a pair of tracks from Nanci Griffith (I Wish It Would Rain”, “Loch Lomond”) as well as cuts from Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah”) and Bruce Springsteen (“Thunder Road”).
Listen and buy the music of Lucy Kaplansky from her website