The Red Thread

The Red Thread

by Lucy Kaplansky



From folksinger to clinical psychologist and back to folksinger, Kaplansky has experienced life, and proves you can have it all. One of the themes of this disc is the Chinese child she and her husband have adopted, and the way being a parent will change her and her relationships, explored lovingly on "I Had Something" and the title track. But she's also looking outside herself, concerned with the world, and out of that comes one of the most insightful post- 9/11 songs, "Land of the Living," which focuses on humans, not theories and abstractions. "Line in the Sand," about Iraq, doesn't work as well, however, and "Brooklyn Train" ends up being reminiscent of For the Roses-era Joni Mitchell. Kaplansky has always offered a wide range of covers on her albums, and this follows the pattern, from the heartbreaking "Cowboy Singer" by the late Dave Carter to a rocked-up "Off and Running" from the pen of James McMurtry. As usual, she's supported by her longtime bandmates, who often supply glistening arrangements to frame her supple voice (although drums and bass add absolutely nothing to "Cowboy Singer" -- in fact, they detract from it). That she's a talent is beyond question, and with "Land of the Living," she's surpassed herself as a writer.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651016625
catalogNumber: 166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucy Kaplansky   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Eliza Gilkyson   Background Vocals
John Gorka   Background Vocals
Richard Shindell   Background Vocals
Duke Levine   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Mandola,national steel guitar,Soloist,Guitorgan,Ambience,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jonatha Brooke   Background Vocals
Andy Ezrin   Piano
Jon Herington   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,12-string Guitar,Soloist
Zev Katz   Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Brian Mitchell   Organ
Ben Wittman   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Bill Morrissey   Composer
James McMurtry   Composer
Duke Levine   Arranger
Lucy Kaplansky   Composer,Liner Notes
Dave Carter   Composer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Jon Herington   Arranger
Zev Katz   Arranger
Buddy Miller   Composer
Ben Wittman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rob Genadek   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Graphic Design
Manfred Knoop   Engineer
Richard Litvin   Composer
Steven Patterson   Engineer

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The Red Thread 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! Lucy's latest CD "The Red Thread" is an emotional gem. What a storyteller, Land of the Living, I Had Something, The Red Thread, This is Home, etc. they will make you think, they will make you sing. As any Lucy fan will testify, buy any Lucy CD and you will end up with the collection. Thanks Lucy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago