Lee Penn Sky
Lee Penn Sky’s songwriting is unadorned, the nature of his writing makes the songs all the more powerful – his metaphorical, vulnerable and often ironic lyrics have a way of getting to the heart of a matter and his presentation is often compared to Colin Hay’s solo work. As a solo artist he has a rootsy, direct, powerful and often melancholic style of conveying his lyrics which lends to a very dynamic and intimate feel.
Lee is currently recording what he feels is his most important and personal record to date. Recent discovery of a letter written by a, once thought dead, relative who survived the Holocaust took Lee on a journey through the past and ultimately to Israel. There he found the crossroads of religion, politics and family. This letter and subsequent experiences inform songs of loss, anger, resistance, transcendence, irony and joy. “Lean into the Letter” is due to release in Spring of 2019.
Lee Penn Sky has shared the stage with some amazing artists such as Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rhett Miller of Old 97’s, the Black Lillies, the Barefoot Movement, Tony Furtado, Dan Johnson, and Allie Kral from Yonder Mountain String Band. He has been billed with acts such as the Cowboy Junkies, Son Volt, the Old 97’s, the Seldom Scene and many more. Lee has played at many festivals, fairs and showcases including being a two time songwriting finalist in the Susanne Millsaps performing songwriter showcase, a finalist in the T.R. Ritchie songwriting contest, playing at the Snowbird Mountain Music Festival, playing the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, played the Tucson Folk Festival, the Spokane Fall Folk Festival, the Salt Lake Folk and Bluegrass Festival, been booked for the L.A. Americana Music Festival , played the Yellow Pine Harmonica and Music festival and appeared at the Treefort Music Festival.
29 Left Down, his latest 13 song cd was released in March of 2015 to much anticipation and immediate critical acclaim. Several of Lee’s songs from his debut album Prelude to Hindsight released in 2006, have been played on folk and alt-country radio shows throughout the United States and in Europe. His song “The Trees” was included on In Our Town: Songs for BOISE 150 in 2013.
Lee is an official endorser of G7th Capos, Seydel Harmonicas and is included in the Taylor Guitar Artist program.