Title - 'Lean Into The Letter'
Artist - Lee Penn Sky
For those not in the know, Michigan-born folk singer/songwriter Lee Penn Sky 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, and Willie Nelson and whilst these artists inform Lee Penn Sky’s music, he doesn’t emulate his heroes.
Poetic yet unadorned songwriting, his metaphorical lyrics have a way of cutting to the heart of the matter. Indeed, his presentation is often compared to Colin Hay's solo work and has a unique, rootsy, direct and often melancholic style of conveying his lyrics, mixed with his rich baritone voice, lends to a very intimate feeling performance.
Lee will be releasing his brand new album, Lean Into The Letter this coming January 17th, 2020, and it chronicles the discovery of a letter sent from Israel in 1958 from a relative - Jacov Nistel - that was believed to have perished in the Holocaust.
Jakov, in fact, survived his ordeals, though the rest of his family was killed by the Nazis. After Jakov immigrated to Israel, Lee and his family were able to locate Jacov’s sons and grandchildren and travel to Israel to unite with them.
This letter and subsequent events inspired a collection of songs giving life to Jacov’s story of loss, defiance and rebuilding as well as Lee’s thoughts on the current political and religious tensions in the Holy Land.
1. 'One in a Million'
2. 'Dead Sea is at a Boil'
3. 'Jumped from the Train'
5. 'Not Your Carpenter'
8. 'Walk Away from My Garden'
10. 'Worry About Gomorrah'
11. 'Lean Into the letter'
12. 'A Penny Saved'
Lovingly chock full of Americana and folk songs inspired by the discovery of this long lost letter from his relative, Lee begins with the incredibly heartfelt storytelling of 'One in a Million' and 'Dead Sea is at a Boil,' and backs them up with both the rawness of truth within 'Jumped from the Train,' and the stoic ambiance of 'Solomon.'
Lee brings some jangly guitar work to the fore on 'Not Your Carpenter' and follows that up with the profound drum mantra found within 'Hallelujah,' the lighter acoustic fare of 'Jesse,' then 'Walk Away from My Garden,' and then the lo-fi, mid-tempo Americana vibe of 'Seabird.'
One of my own personal favorites on this album is the expert tunesmith milieu of 'Worry About Gomorrah' ("I will not go amongst the lepers. I cannot save their souls. I am not Jesus Christ. Man, I'm not even whole"), with the gentle, foot-tappin' heart of the title song next, meaning the album rounds out with the soulful folk of 'A Penny Saved.'
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