Lee Penn Sky & The Oliphants

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - Alive After Five Summer Concert Series


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 -  his metaphorical lyrics have a way of cutting 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 unique, direct, moving 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 has shared the stage with some amazing artists such as Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rhett Miller of Old 97s, the Black Lillies, the Barefoot Movement, Tony Furtado, and Allie Kral from Yonder Mountain String Band. He has been billed with acts such as the Cowboy Junkies, Son Volt, the Old 97s, 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.  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.

The Oliphants
The Oliphants are Acoustic Americana Jam - Acoustic music generating enough juice to electrify your boogie! Trunkadelic!

The Oliphants are explosive, spontaneous and uninhibited.  Lee Penn Sky, on guitar and harmonica brings unbridled energetic boot stompin' happiness, easy listening grooves, contagious humble-pie vocals and heartbreaking lyrics.  Troy "Rosie" Ferguson on the Standup Bass with pulsating smooth rhythms mixed with classical jazz abandon.  Jake Englehorn brings a Worldbeat percussive polyrhythmic center to it all. To top it off is Dan Costello who soulfully plays just about every instrument around.   This eclectic group brings home what playing music is all about...The Oliphants – Keeping it Trunky-they are a fully acoustic band that brings to the stage the energy and dynamics of an electric band.

Lee Penn Sky: Lead Singer/Guitar/Harmonica

Troy Ferguson: Standup Bass

Jake Englehorn: Percussion/Cajon/Djembe/Conga/Bongos

Dan Costello: Lead Guitar/Mandolin/Banjo/Kitchen Sink