Welcome to Joe Penland Music!

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina there's a front porch that has been the destination of many folk who love these mountains, it's music and stories. Grammy winners and kids with their first guitar, banjo or fiddle, Hollywood producers, writers, and folk music collectors from all over the world, have made their way to the place Joe Penland simply calls "the farm". An invitation ain't that easy to get. Joe has been singing the ballads and telling the stories over half a century, but says with enthusiasm: "Privacy is pretty precious." And he has maintained that for a long time now. Occasionally coming out of "the shelter of these mountains" to sing at some festival or other, until recently he has been content to do it on the porch after the work is done.

Deemed a "Cultural Treasure" by The Asheville Citizen Times, and the recipient of the coveted Bascom Lunsford Award (named for the founder of the longest running folk festival in America), Joe preferred the simple life of hard work and family.

"Joe Penland is truly an Appalachian original & his storytelling songs rooted deep in his Western North Carolina homeland, are truly Americana at its very best. He will keep you spellbound!" .....
~ Larry Cordle


"As befits the oral tradition, Joe Penland moves seamlessly between song and spoken word, often within the same ballad or tall tale. In both, he delighted our English Lakeland pub audience with his repertoire, humor and charm. I recommend him to anyone who enjoys a “stranger to the truth."

~ Taffy Thomas MBE, First UK Storyteller Laureate





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Penland's eclectic performance style keeps his audiences on their toes, as they never know what to expect next.

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