Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.
Raised by a piano-playing mathematician and a homemaker in Chicago, Lucy began singing in bars when she was still a teenager, even traveling to Norway to perform as a country singer. When she was just out of high school, she took off for New York City, where she became part of the renaissance of the Greenwich Village folk scene centered around Folk City and the Fast Folk recordings. Her compatriots included Suzanne Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert and John Gorka as well as her frequent duo partner Shawn Colvin. The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her,” but instead, Lucy got a doctorate in psychology and started a private practice.
Eventually Shawn Colvin lured Lucy back to music, producing her debut album The Tide (1994). Red House founder Bob Feldman was blown away by the release and signed her right away. Since then, she has released six solo albums with Red House and released radio-charting albums with the folk supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell).
Currently on tour in support of her new album Reunion, Lucy continues to perform all over the world. When not performing, she lives in New York City, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and nine year-old daughter.
The End of America
The End of America is a band of friends, singers, and travelers who met on the road and found a kindred spirit in one another. The Philadelphia-based trio has a sound that is cornerstoned by the alchemy of their voices, weaving three distinct leads into harmony over a foundation of folk, rock, and americana. Fans often draw comparison to the likes of CSNY, Fleet Foxes and Ryan Adams.
All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard released their first EP in 2010. “Steep Bay” was written and recorded live at Thomas’ lakeside cabin in the Adirondacks. In 2012 they released “Shakey,” an EP captured on tape with a rhythm section. In 2016 TEOA produced their self-titled full length album with long time friend and go-to engineer David Downham at Gradwell House Recordings in Haddon Heights, NJ.
In 2016 the band made their debut at the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival and were voted “Best New Act." TEOA earned the same title later on at the 2016 NERFA conference in Stamford, CT, and went on to be named “Most Wanted Artist” at the 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. During Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid he licensed TEOA’s song “Empty Sea” from for use in one of his official campaign videos.
The End of America is known for a powerful live show that highlights their harmonies, dynamic songwriting and playful stage banter. They have toured and performed at festivals across the east coast and midwest and have shared stages with the likes of Graham Nash, Beck, David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, Simone Felice, John K. Samson (of the Weakerthans) and Rocky Votolato. In 2013 TEOA was invited to play at Beck's “Song Reader” album release show in Los Angeles. The trio's rendition of “Please Leave A Light On When You Go” was broadcast live on KCRW and earned praise from Spin and Filter.