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. 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 Greg Brown or Colin Hay. He has a unique, direct, almost lazy and often melancholic style of conveying his lyrics which lends to a very intimate feel. Several of his songs from his debut album “Prelude to Hindsight” have been played on folk and alt-country radio shows throughout the United States and in Europe. His song "Michigan" was licensed by Michiganmittens.com for online advertising.
Lee Penn Sky has played at many festivals, fairs and showcases including being a songwriting finalist at the Snowbird Mountain Music Festival, headlining at the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, being booked for the L.A. Americana Music Festival and has appeared on Park City TVs show Soundtracks.
Prelude to Hindsight is Lee Penn Sky’s first offering as a solo artist.