Penn Johnson is an old soul in a 21st century body weaveing echoes of hope through storytelling and song. Originally a Massachusetts native, he's been 150,000 miles since 2015. His sound is best described as danceable spoken word with poetic vocals and percussive strumming. His newest self-produced CD Barefoot Vandit has sold over 370 copies in 2 months and sheds light into the dark forests of consciousness and illuminates a more harmonious life. His much-anticipated first studio single Burn a Little Sage is set for release on October 24th. His first book Trail Mix & Goon: Adventures Abroad in Oz will be available shortly.

Notable Support Plays:
Wookiefoot, Satsang, Nahko, Bumpin Uglies, Desert Dwellers, Nathan Feinstein (Iya Terra), Paul Izak, Treehouse!, Sun-Dried Vibes, Joey Harkum (Pasadena), Sessions Americana, Skribe, and Christina Holmes.

Notable Festivals:
Frendly Gathering, Project Earth, Old Settlers, Wanderlust 108, Soulshine, South Florida Folk, Kerrville Folk, and Surrounded By The Sound.

Notable Venues: 
The Mint in L.A.,
The Velvet Lounge in D.C.
The Saxon Pub in Austin, TX
Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL
Douglas Corner Pub in Nashville, TN
Zeiterian Theatre in New Bedford, MA
The Met in Pawtucket, RI

Latest Music

Fan Testimonials

I think Mountains of Colorado is the best folk song I've ever heard."
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"'Marijuana' is my theme song!"
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"A combination of Nahko, Trevor Hall, & Dispatch."
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"I feel like I'm in a trance. I feel like I'm on drugs."
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"A voice like velvety goodness..."
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"The words and music spoke to my heart."
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"I'm in love with Barefoot Vandit."
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"Such powerful healing words at time when I really need them."
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Press Quotes

"Penn is a super refreshing songwriter with honest lyrics and passionate vocals.
He lives the words that he writes and is putting in the work to spread his message."


"He speaks from experience and his teaching tone is compassionate and direct. I hear Dylan and Tom Waits in his music, but without the triple meaning phrases and with a much better voice. He strums well and he fingerpicks fine, but the lyrics and the message are always the focus. This cat is the real deal."

"Penn Johnson's songs tell stories that resonate soulfully while connecting with audiences on an intimate level. He makes accessible powerful narratives touching on timeless issues, and his unique sound works in any venue or medium. As a radio host I have worked with him live in the studio, and listeners seem to relate positively to his unique style. As do I."
-- NICK NOBLE, THE FOLK REVIVAL, WICN - Worcester Public Radio

"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, Author & Founder of

High Res Photos

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photo: Alina Kolberg

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photo: Frank Steiger

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Photo: Casey Ellis

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Photo: Chris Hagenbuch