Marietta Venue To Host “Troubadour Laureate Of Modern City Folk”

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Noted folk musician Lucy Kaplansky will make a stop at Marietta's Adelphia Music Hall this Friday at 8 p.m.

Familiar to NPR listeners from her appearances on Morning Edtion, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered and Mountain Stage, Kaplansky started playing music while attending high school in her hometown of Chicago.

In 1977, after reading a New York Times article about the Greenwich Village folk revival, she and her then-boyfriend decided to skip college, move to New York and immerse themselves in that city's folk scene. 

During that time, Kaplansky sang with many of the scene's emerging musicians, such as Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Richard Shindell.

Even though she was making connections and performing regularly, Kaplansky decided to give up the life of a musician and enrolled in the Psychology program at Yeshiva University in 1983. She received her PhD in Psychology, set up a practice and worked on the staff of a New York hospital. 

Gradually, she became involved with music again by singing harmony vocals on her now-successful friends' recordings. After Kaplansky released her Shawn Colvin-produced debut, The Ride (1994, Red House Records), she decided to close her psychology practice and give a music career another shot.

Since then, Kaplansky has recorded seven solo albums with her most recent release, The Reunion, coming out on Sept. 25. Like most of her recordings, the new one features both original material as well as a handful of covers, including a Beatles song and a Woody Guthrie classic.

Reunion also boasts great backup vocals from longtime friends Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka, who work with Kaplansky in the project Red Horse, and Richard Shindell, who along with Dar Williams, collaborated with the singer in the band Cry, Cry, Cry. 

She can also be heard on Going Driftless, featuring the songs of Greg Brown, and on Red House's tribute to Bob Dylan, A Nod to Bob 2.

For more information about Friday's show, visit www.theadelphia.com.