Lily Isaacs was born in Germany to Holocaust survivors who in 1949 moved to New York City, where Lily grew up. She took voice lessons when she was young and became a folksinger, performing in a duo known as Lily and Maria. Their self-titled LP was released on Columbia Records. She met Joe Isaacs at a club in Greenwich Village, eventually married him, and moved to Ohio. When Joe formed the Calvary Mountain Boys in 1971, she began singing with him and continued on through Sacred Bluegrass into The Isaacs. When Lily and Joe split in 1998, she took over leadership of the group, which by then included their three grown children. In 2014, her autobiography, You Don’t Cry Out Loud, was published by New Leaf Press.

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