She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky 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 beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone's favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. People envisioned big things for them; in fact, The New York Times said it was "easy to predict stardom for her."
"Over the Hills” released in 2007 - Lucy's stellar songwriting, shines as never before against an acoustic-based alt-country backdrop of pedal steel, mandolin, accordion and upright bass. Produced by Ben Wittman (Roseanne Cash, Paul Simon), Over the Hills features a world-class band including Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan Band, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris), Jon Herington (Steely Dan), Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter), and noted jazz bassist Stephan Crump. Lucy is also joined on harmony by her friends Eliza Gilkyson, Buddy Miller, Richard Shindell and Jonatha Brooke.
Rediscovering her musical roots, Lucy returns to the more acoustic sound of the music she first fell in love with - folk and classic country. She re-invents Bryan Ferry's "More than This" as a pedal-steel soaked ballad, rocks out on Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon" and June Carter Cash's "Ring of Fire," performs a winning country duet with Buddy Miller on Julie Miller's "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go," and romps joyously through Loudon Wainwright's "Swimming Song." From the New York skyline to the hills beyond, Lucy's latest album is pure Americana, wonderfully raw and rich with heartache and hope.