“One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn’t just play it, he becomes it — or, maybe, it becomes a part of him.” – No Depression
“His self-titled new album is filled with excellent playing, charming hooks and lots of spirited variety — from rootsy vibes to indie-pop.” – Idaho Statesman
“…sweet, likable, even huggable folk-pop confections.” – American Songwriter
“Korby Lenker is a wonderful local musician who crafts indie-pop tunes with a distinctly funky, playful flair.” – Lockeland Springsteen
Says tastemaker magazine No Depression, “One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn’t just play it, he becomes it — or maybe, it becomes a part of him.”
Korby Lenker – firstborn son of a mortician and a school marm – is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter. He was born and raised in Twin Falls Idaho, a mile from where Evel Knievel tried to jump the canyon on a motorcycle.
Winner of 1st place at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter’s Competition (out of some 400 contestants), Korby is a dynamic, compelling performer — sometimes up on tip toe, singing in a hush, his performances are known for being engaging and personal, transparent and elevating. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer likened his voice to “cool lemonade on a hot summer day.”
Korby released his 6th full length self-titled record in March of 2014, and has been touring heavily since. In February he signed a licensing deal with Secret Road, and shortly afterward his song If I Prove False to You was added to rotation on Sirius XM “The Coffeehouse”. Another track, Forbidden Fruit appeared on two episodes of AMC Family’s “The Fosters.” Music and Musicians Magazine dubbed Korby “Who’s Next.”
In addition to his music, Korby is a longtime writer of fiction and memoir. In December 2015 he saw the release of his first book. Medium Hero is a collection of short stories based on his 14 years of life as a touring indie musician. Entitled Medium Hero, it came out on Turner Publishing in December 2015 to warm reviews.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the stories in Medium Hero are “Clever and well-crafted, with a tendency to linger in your mind.” National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien said “Korby’s keen control of narrative voice is spot-on in each of these stories — distinctive, disarming, entertaining and completely convincing.”
Korby has performed internationally and has shared the stage with such legends as Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne, as well as Nickel Creek, Tristan Prettyman, Susan Tedeschi, and many others. When he’s not touring, he enjoys acting, bike riding and eating at Waffle House.