Singer/songwriter Joe Kaplow lives in a four-acre mansion in the hills of Santa Cruz. Of course, he shares the space with a group of hippies, some rats, and some very dilapidated floors and walls... but it does have a swimming pool.
For Kaplow, becoming a full-time musician - and adopting the lifestyle that often accompanies it - didn’t happen by accident. Having moved from farm life and family in New Jersey to the rich Santa Cruz music community, Kaplow has often found himself living paycheck to paycheck as he departs on three-month U.S. solo tours, records music in various bedrooms of the house where he lives, rehearses with his new band and writes constantly, dedicating himself fully and lovingly to the craft of songwriting.
Kaplow’s debut album Time Spent In Between often takes stock of its own scenarios, regarding itself plainly from a distance as Kaplow discusses his own struggles in cathartic musings overlaid with folksy guitar stylings reminiscent of Paul Simon or Tallest Man on Earth. Dealing with travelling and the accompanying loneliness, depression, seclusion, death, and the fractured dichotomy between finding literal and figurative homes, Kaplow’s fresh, new take on folk music is the kind that you can put on repeat and then save in your pocket for when you need something to pull you through a difficult time.