Lee Penn Sky

Boise, ID

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, Allie Kral from Yonder Mountain String Band, John Craigie, Mipso, Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Cauthen, The Two Tracks, and Dan Johnson. He has been billed with acts such as the Cowboy Junkies, Son Volt, the Old 97's, the Seldom Scene and many more. Lee Penn Sky released his new album Lean into the Letter on 1/17/20, which chronicles an amazing journey that started with the discovery of a letter sent from Israel in 1958. This letter, found in the back of a drawer in a purse that belonged to Lee's Great-Grandmother Sadie, was translated at a local synagogue, revealing the author as Sadie's nephew, Jakob Nistel, thought to have perished with the rest of Sadie's family in the Holocaust. Jakob detailed the perils of evading the Nazis until the end of the war, hiding underground, to ultimately immigrate to Israel to start a new life. Through the magic of the internet, Lee's family located Jakob’s descendants in Israel, resulting in Lee, his mother, brother, and cousins embarking on a pilgrimage to Israel to connect with their history, their family, and their future. The songs that compose Lean into the Letter thread together Lee's thoughts and emotions regarding Jakob, his survival in the face of horrific loss, his ongoing and unshakable faith, the discovery of and joy for new family, and ideas of resistance, depression, loss and anger in the context of historic and volatile conflicts that permeate the Holy Land. No Depression named Lee Penn Sky's Lean into the Letter as one of their favorite albums of 2019! http://bit.ly/2EoUXDU Regarding Lee’s appearance at Treefort Music festival “As Lee and I talked, he invited me to catch his set, which featured a collection of songs inspired by finding some family letters of an unknown relative who had survived the Holocaust. Having never known of his extended family, Lee traveled to Israel, where he learned about his heritage. It was a special performance, moving on so many levels.” -Peter Dervin, No Depression, April 2, 2019.
Lee Penn Sky