We'd all understand if Lucy Kaplansky begged out of this show, but she's intent on honoring her commitment. Kaplansky and the rest of the Minnesota-based Red House Records family were shocked by the sudden death of Bob Feldman, the label's founder and president, on January 11. The tour started less than a week after Feldman's death. Any plans for Kaplansky to record a follow-up to her magnificent 2004 release, The Red Thread
, are now in flux. "I'm sure the label will continue," Kaplansky says. "There are some great people there, but Bob was
Red House Records. He didn't designate a successor."
Joy, sorrow, and hard choices -- the red meat of folk music -- have always been a part of Kaplansky's life. Not long ago, she and husband Richard adopted a now-three-year-old Chinese girl, Molly ("the most wonderful thing I've ever done"). As for hard choices, Kaplansky gave up a healthy career as a clinical psychologist in 1993 to return to music (she and Shawn Colvin had been a duet in the early 1980s). A dozen years and five CDs later, it seems like a prescient move.