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Penn Johnson & The Lost Tribe are weaving spiritual consciousness through stories and songs inspired by a life of campfires, road journeys, and nature escapades. 

At live shows, their unique style is reminiscent of danceable spoken word as Penn's gruff vocals latch onto catchy hooks and upbeat strums while Jude Kincer's lead guitar guides the melody. Stream-of-consciousness vignettes of Penn and the Tribe's experiences encourage audiences to sing and release their spirits through movement.

Penn & The Tribe have played alongside Troll 2, Ley Line, Harsh Armadillo, Roots of Creation, Wendy Colonna, Joey Harkum of Pasadena, The Mighty Stef, and others since they hit the road. They've appeared at The March Against Monsanto, UNH's SolarFest, U Maine's Earth Day, The Empire Control Room, Scruffy City Hall, The Mint, The Velvet Lounge, and other venues, farmers markets, campfires, and festivals from the Northeast US to Los Angeles to Austin.

Penn & The Tribe urge others to realize their everyday choices have impacts. They mostly sing about trees, bees, & keepin' the peace at traditional venues, intimate House Concerts, and Yoga events.

QUOTES

"Penn's songs tell stories that resonate soulfully while connecting with audiences on an intimate level...accessible powerful narratives touching on timeless issues...his unique sound works in any venue."
–NICK NOBLE, THE FOLK REVIVAL
WICN - Worcester Public Radio

"Equally at home at a campfire or a coffeehouse. He speaks from experience...compassionate and direct. Dylan and Tom Waits with a much better voice. This cat is the real deal."
A.J WACHTEL, THE NOISE

"A new singer-songwriter on the Austin scene influenced by Todd Snider, John Prine, and other hard travelin' road warriors. His star is on the rise!"
–BOB LIVINGSTON, Austin Folksinger

"Just as David was a master of the lyre, so it helps to have a fine musician like Penn Johnson deep in the middle of this combat!" 
-BILL MCKIBBEN, 350.org

"A climate leader of the millennial generation"
CLIMATESIGN.ORG

JAQUEMATE PRESS

ECO RI

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what people say

"Talented songwriter [with a] free spirit and witty lyrics! His folk sound is mesmerizing. We could listen to him for hours!" 
GREEN TEAM, U Maine Orono

"A transcending, groovy acoustic set that will open your heart, calm your mind, and ignite your soul."
-GINGER BOERMEESTER, Roots Yoga

"Half activist half troubadour...lifted up a night of celebration into a whirlwind of song, dance, and discussion. Inspiring and contagious."
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETY, Vermont Law School

Experiencing Turbulence Album Art (David Carr)

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photo: Joe Heimbach

photo: Joe Heimbach

photo: Lindsay Lewis

photo: Lindsay Lewis

photo: Lindsay Lewis

photo: Lindsay Lewis