Cry Cry Cry

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Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams

Cry Cry Cry was a folk supergroup, consisting of Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams. The band released a single eponymous album of cover songs on October 13, 1998.


The trio performed together on an extensive tour in 1999 singing mainly the songs included on their collaborative album. The tour was met with very favorable reviews.[1][2]

The trio performed on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Hudson River Clearwater Festival. It was the first time they had performed together in 18 years, according to Dar Williams, who announced it at the concert. She also said they would be performing more dates in the Fall of 2017.


Cry Cry Cry
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Studio album by Lucy Kaplansky
Richard Shindell
Dar Williams
Released October 1, 1998
Genre Folk
Length 49:20
Label Razor & Tie
Producer Darleen Wilson
Richard Shindell chronology
Reunion Hill
(1997)Reunion Hill1997
Cry Cry Cry
Somewhere Near Paterson
(2000)Somewhere Near Paterson2000
Dar Williams chronology
End of The Summer
(1997) End of The Summer1997
Cry Cry Cry
(1998) Cry Cry Cry1998
The Green World
(2000) The Green World2000
Lucy Kaplansky chronology
Flesh and Bone
(1996) Flesh and Bone1996
Cry Cry Cry
(1998) Cry Cry Cry1998
Ten Year Night
(1999) Ten Year Night1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]
Fretplay 4.5/5 stars[4]
PopMatters (mixed)[5]
Washington Post (favorable) [6]

The album, Cry Cry Cry was a great success on folk music radio. Based on playlists sent to FolkDJ-L, it ranked as the fourth most played album by folk music DJs in 1998, the fifth most played in 1999, and remained in the top 250 through 2002.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fall on Me" (Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe) 2:56
  2. "Cold Missouri Waters" (Keelaghan) 4:32 (based on the Mann Gulch fire)
  3. "Speaking With the Angel" (Sexsmith) 3:58
  4. "The Kid" (Mondlock) 5:39
  5. "Shades of Gray" (Keen) 4:58
  6. "Lord, I Have Made You a Place in My Heart" (Brown) 3:34
  7. "By Way of Sorrow" (Miller) 3:03
  8. "Memphis" (Eberhardt) 4:46
  9. "Northern Cross" (Smith) 2:55
  10. "Down by the Water" (Armenti) 3:12
  11. "I Know What Kind of Love This Is" (Nields) 4:25
  12. "The Ballad of Mary Magdalen" (Shindell) 5:22


Other recordings[edit]

The trio contributed one song to the folk-tribute album Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the 60's, covering Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind". The three also joined together to cover Buddy and Julie Miller's "My Love Will Follow You" on Shindell's solo album, Somewhere Near Paterson, and to provide backing vocals for the song "Blue Shadows" on Jimmie Dale Gilmore's album (produced by Buddy Miller), "One Endless Night".

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Joyce, Mike (1999-01-06). "Cry Cry Cry Making a Joyful Noise at the Birchmere". Washington Post.  (favorable performance review)
  2. ^ Powers, Ann (1999-01-19). "Converting Life's Chaos Into Harmonious Fables". New York Times.  (favorable performance review)
  3. ^ Anderson, Rick. Cry Cry Cry at AllMusic
  4. ^ Fried, Kerry. "Cry Cry Cry - Cry Cry Cry". Fretplay. 
  5. ^ PopMatters review
  6. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (1999-01-01). "CRY CRY CRY: 'Cry Cry Cry'". Washington Post.  (favorable album review)
  7. ^ FolkDJ-L, Compiled list of top albums for 1998 and for 1999 by Richard Gillmann. The most popular songs were, "By Way of Sorrow", "Cold Missouri Waters", "Shades of Gray", and "The Kid".

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