Bio

Lee Penn Sky

It was a cold January day on a remote highway in Idaho.  A young man stopped to help other travelers who were trapped in an overturned truck.  As the man was working to rescue them, another car skidded off the road and struck him at highway speed.  That man was Lee Penn Sky.

On that grey day, Lee almost lost his life and nearly lost his leg; what he did lose was his fear.  Until this day, Lee had been a prolific songwriter but never stepped from behind the shelter of a band into the spotlight himself. The risk of stepping into the spotlight seemed to pale in comparison to nearly losing his life. Slowly as he healed he began writing new songs and to perform them himself. Healing from his severe injuries gave Lee time to figure out who he wanted to be as an artist, time to hone his skills and style.

Lee plays folk-oriented songs that span the Americana range, and are rooted in his Michigan childhood and the high-plains desert of Idaho, where he now resides.  He has an affinity for Texan songwriters like Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, and the late great Townes Van Zandt.  While these artists inform Lee Penn Sky’s music, he doesn’t emulate his heroes.   Though poetic Lee's songwriting is deceptively simple, but the unadorned nature of his writing makes the songs all the more powerful - he has a way of cutting to the heart of a matter and is often compared to Colin Hay.  As a solo artist he has a unique, direct, almost lazy and often melancholic style of conveying his lyrics which lends to a very intimate feel.  With his band Lee Penn Sky and the Oliphants- Lee is explosive, spontaneous and uninhibited.  Lee Penn Sky on vocals, guitar and harmonica T. “Rosie” Ferguson on standup bass and Jake Englehorn on percussion- they are a fully acoustic band that brings to the stage the energy and dynamics of an electric band.

Lee and his band the Oliphants  released 29 Left Down, their new 13 song cd 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 Penn Sky has played at many festivals, fairs and showcases including being a 2 time songwriting finalist in the Susanne Millsaps performing songwriter showcase, playing at the Snowbird Mountain Music Festival, playing three years at the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, Played twice at 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 twice at the Treefort Music Festival.  He has played a number of great concert series such as the Music from Stanley Series and Boise’s Alive after 5 series.  He has been feature on several television shows such as the Park City TV show Soundtracks and Boise Song Talk.

Lee is an official endorser of G7th Capos, Seydel Harmonicas and is included in the Taylor Guitar Artist program.