Michigan-born folk singer/songwriter Lee Penn Sky has joined the Muddy Paw family after releasing his latest single, “Worry About Gomorrah.”
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, and Willie Nelson. While these artists inform Lee Penn Sky’s music, he doesn’t emulate his heroes. Poetic yet unadorned songwriting, his metaphorical lyrics have a way of cutting to the heart of the matter. His presentation is often compared to Colin Hay’s solo work and has a unique, rootsy, direct and often melancholic style of conveying his lyrics, mixed with his rich baritone voice, lends to a very intimate feeling performance.
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, and many more. He has been billed with acts such as the Cowboy Junkies and Son Volt, and played 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, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Spokane Fall Folk Festival, the Salt Lake Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and having been booked for the L.A. Americana Music Festival. He has been featured on several television shows such as the Park City TV show Soundtracks and Boise Song Talk.
Lee is currently in the process of releasing a new album, Lean Into the Letter. This latest body of work chronicles the discovery of a letter from a relative- Jacov Nistel- that was believed to have perished in the Holocaust. Jakov, in fact, survived his ordeals, though the rest of his family was killed by the Nazis. After Jakov immigrated to Israel, Lee and his family were able to locate Jacov’s sons and grandchildren and travel to Israel to unite with them. This letter and subsequent events inspired a collection of songs giving life to Jacov’s story of loss, defiance and rebuilding as well as Lee’s thoughts on the current political and religious tensions in the Holy Land.
With the release of his latest single Lee says, “Worry About Gomorrah” confronts the failures that isolate us, and serves as a reminder that being flawed is the one shared thread binding us to one another. It was written after a trip to Jerusalem exploring the Holy Land. It seeks to make metaphorical sense of the contradictions I find in the various religious doctrines that seemingly share a core message of peace and goodwill, while so many of the most devout wage continual war with each other.”
Lee is an official endorser of G7th Capos, Seydel Harmonicas and is included in the Taylor Guitar Artist program.