It’s always nice to have options as a struggling musician, and Lucy Kaplansky has one of the best side gigs imaginable: She’s a clinical psychologist. Amazingly, the New York-based Folk singer/songwriter has managed to balance and prioritize both disciplines across long careers in both fields.
In 1998, she joined forces with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form the Folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry, which recorded one acclaimed album and toured extensively before calling it a day. Her next two albums, 1999’s Ten Year Night and 2001’s Every Single Day, both took Pop Album of the Year honors from the Association For Independent Music, and her last album, 2007’s Over the Hills, found her songwriting strengthened by her new role as a mother.
Last fall, Kaplansky debuted a new single titled “Life Threads,” which hopefully means that the good doctor is readying yet another album’s worth of emotionally powerful tunes for imminent release.
She plays the Redmoor on Friday. Get show details and Sound Advice here.