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Penny Nichols / Bio

Penny shared stages with many legendary artists including Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies, Jennifer Warnes, Mary McCaslin and others. She performed in many clubs including: the Fillmore, the Avalon, the Matrix and opened for bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 13th Floor Elevator, Chocolate Watchband, Traffic, Blue Cheer, Mother Earth, Jefferson Airplane and others. During the “Summer of Love”, Penny played at the Big Sur Folk Festival and recorded her first album, “Penny’s Arcade”, for Buddha Records. (It eventually sold over 50,000 copies). She toured Europe in the winter of 1968, recording with George Harrison at Apple Studios while in London. In 1977, Penny joined Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers and earned a Platinum Record for her singing on Son of a Son of a Sailor. During the same time, she recorded and toured with many performers including: Art Garfunkle (Fate for Breakfast) Suzi Quatro, Yvonne Elliman, Jennifer Warnes, Albert Brooks, the Credibility Gap, and toured with Arlo Guthrie and earned a Grammy nomination for her work on his album The Power of Love. In 1990, Penny co-produced her second album, All Life is One.. In 1991 she graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a doctoral degree in the psychology of music. In 1993, she released another record, an album of songs based on the 1000-year-old Buddhist stories called Songs of the Jataka Tales. In 1997, Penny and Molly Mason collaborated on the song “The Unbroken Thread” which is included on the CD, the Catskill Collection. She currently lives and teaches in Saugerties, NY. Her most recent ventures include: working on a CD of Jackson Browne songs, teaching at Moab Folk Camp, and producing the retreats for songwriters: SummerSongs: a Songwriters Summer Camp

General Info

Band Members
Glen Roethel, John Redgate, Mark Dann, Mike Mullins, Tom Lee
Artist Name
Penny Nichols
Profile Page
Folk / Acoustic / adult contemporary

Contact Info

Saugerties, NY