Nicholas Penn

Young Kentucky musician reflects on Kentucky local art, music, events and changes.  This site contains original music, gig updates, and booking information.  Blending easy listening west coast rock with Appalachian folk themes, Nicholas Penn has created a sound of his own.  

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Nicholas Penn is an indie/folk/rock artist based in Lexington, KY. Hailing from the musical family of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stephens, his songwriting style is refined and representative of the best. In 2017, Nicholas joined with indie/psych cellist Seth Murphy to create a new blend of bi-coastal folk/rock. Later in 2017, Nicholas filled the sound out by adding kick drum and tambourine that he plays with his feet, giving a big reggae/rock groove to the sound, and preparing the duo to take the stage at regional festivals.

In 2018 the duo performed at many festivals across the region, and also launched the self organized Alive Music yoga flow jams. Nicholas is committed to using music to better the world and is planting five trees for every merch item sold via an organization called Trees For The Future.

In 2019 Nicholas is focussing on developing his home production skills and will be recording an releasing as many singles as possible. With a growing interest in production, Nicholas is finding it more exciting to work on his producer skills than to work on developing a career as a touring artist. For him, the best part about producing is being able to create a complete sonic soundscape from scratch, and not just to be a guitarist or a vocalist performing focussed on live performance. To showcase this new passion, Nicholas released a track in early 2019 called “Change is Good”. This track features cellist Seth Murphy, and was originally produced as the music for a short video Nicholas made for his Patreon account.

Stay tuned for more self-produced tracks and keep an eye on how his sound evolves on songs to come.