Lucy Kaplansky on stage

St. Clair Productions will present singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. This is Kaplansky's first Ashland performance, though she did perform at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville a few years ago as part of the trio Cry Cry Cry with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell.

Freight and Salvage said, "The imagery and emotion of Lucy Kaplansky's original lyrics combine with the power and texture of her sumptuous voice to create an illuminating evening of songs that work their way deep into the heart. Fusing alternative country, roots rock, and folk music with rare style and intelligence — not to mention a truly charming stage presence — Lucy presents her thoughtful songs about the human condition with warmth and power."

"Over the Hills," Kaplansky's 11 recording, sixth on the Red House Record label, was released in 2007. Rediscovering her musical roots, Kaplansky returns to the more acoustic sound of the music she first fell in love with — folk and classic country.

Kaplansky started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, she took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers — Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt and others — where she fit right in.

With a flair for harmony, Kaplansky was everyone's favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. She also landed soundtrack credits, singing with Suzanne Vega on "Pretty in Pink" and with Griffith on "The Firm," and several commercial credits as well, including "The Heartbeat of America" for Chevrolet.

In 1994, Red House Records released her first CD "The Tide." Kaplansky' next released back-to-back albums "Ten Year Night" and "Every Single Day." Both received the AFIM award (Association For Independent Music) for best pop album of the year.

Kaplansky contributed her story to the new book, "SOLO: Women Singer-Songwriters in Their Own Words," which includes some of the best known women on the music scene today: Ani DiFranco, Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and others. She also was featured in "Lipshtick," a collection of essays by NPR commentator Gwen Macsai, published in the fall of 1999.

Kaplansky teamed with Williams and Shindell to form Cry Cry Cry, which recorded some of their favorite songs written by other artists. The New Yorker dubbed the resulting album, "Cry Cry Cry" "a collection of lovely harmonizing and pure emotion," and Entertainment Weekly gave it an "A" rating. A national tour of sold-out concerts by the trio introduced Kaplansky to a broad base of new listeners.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in Ashland; online at; or by calling 535-3562.

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