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Joe Penland

Joe Penland

Joe Penland is an award-winning Appalachian ballad singer, songwriter and storyteller. Born and raised in rural North Carolina, he learned at the knees of the masters deep in the Sodom Laurel valleys, and perfected his storytelling craft at an early age through riding with his great Uncle Hubert in the laundry truck or sitting with the locals who filled benches in front of the county courthouse.

A favorite at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, he just completed his twelfth tour of the British Isles. Penland is a recipient of the coveted Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for his “significant contribution to preserving mountain music and culture.”