A 'Conduit for Peace' in his own words, Penn Johnson says these songs flows through him. In 2015, inspired by Todd Snider's tales, Penn hit the road from Pennsylvania and found himself writing his experiences into songs. Since then, he's honed his writing skills by using music to weave consciousness through lessons of a modern day merry prankster mixed with the Lorax. He's most often found in yoga studios and around campfires.
Penn & The Lost Tribe formed in Austin, Texas when Penn met Jude Kincer on the street busking during SXSW in March of 2017. Since then, Penn and Jude have toured extensively and shared the stage with Desert Dwellers, Nathan Feinstein (Iya Terra), Treehouse!, Sun-Dried Vibes, Joey Harkum (Pasadena), Bubba Love, Brandon Hardesty (Bumpin Uglies), One Tribe Movement, and other artists and performers of all styles and genres.
After adding Chad Brown (drums, mandolin, native flute) to the mix, the band has channeled a sound of danceable conscious spiritual spoken word. Penn's gruff vocals latch onto catchy hooks and upbeat strums, Jude's guitar guides the melody through bluesy soulful riffs, and Chad's percussion pulls it together, giving the music direction and guidance. Solo or full band, Penn's songs encourage audience members to reflect, sing, and release their spirits through movement.
Penn and the band have played venues, farmers markets, campfires, yoga studios, and festivals from the Northeast US to Colorado to Los Angeles to Austin.
(booking dates now)
what people say
"Stories that resonate soulfully and connect 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. Penn speaks from experience...compassionate and direct. This cat is the real deal."
A.J WACHTEL, THE NOISE
"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
"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 Schoo
"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
"Climate leader(s) of the millennial generation"