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!" .....