Some musical collaborations seem fated to exist only in the studio, like some unstable isotope created under controlled lab conditions. Other partnerships are torn apart by the stressful potholes of the road, while still others expire with the termination of a record contract. The project known as Red Horse, while technically just a few years old, carries with it a history forged in long-standing friendship — a bond that seems only to have strengthened through live performance.
Labelmates on the folk music imprint Red House Records, the “supergroup” of Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky came about not so much by commercial expediency as it did via a genuine respect for each other’s music — a quality borne out by the fact that the three accomplished songwriters take turns singing each other’s compositions, as well as introducing new originals and reinterpreting old favorites that range from Neil Young to Traditional anonymous.
Performing together and separately, this dream team of Americana stylists finds a perfect setting for their songcraft in the Pollak Theatre, the acclaimed acoustic-music venue where Kaplansky previously appeared as a member of the trio Cry Cry Cry.