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KORBY LENKER - Medium Hero
Wednesday, June 8 at 7PM
Singer/Songwriter & Writer
speaking & signing
ABOUT MEDIUM HERO
Korby Lenker’s first book features 27 stories culled from his 15 years as a solo touring indie artist. The stories are as colorful as his titles suggest-- “Rat’s Dude”, “Manboy and the Mafia Table”, “Catlady”-- and flourish under his descriptive, empathetic pen. From a romantic-encounter-turned-family-crisis, to a humorous eulogy for his recently deceased piano teacher, to an unlikely visit with a convicted felon in a California desert, he has distilled an unusual life into a few potent vignettes that you will read more than once.
Up to this point in his life, Korby has been a professional singer-songwriter, traveling around by himself, playing songs for small audiences, selling CDs out of a suitcase. Occasionally there have been moments where the light shined particularly bright, but mostly it’s just been him and a guitar, making music in living rooms and clubs and the occasional concert hall.
He has met a lot of people, most of whom leaned—like him—toward the fringe side of the social spectrum. He’s written some of them into stories—hunched over a laptop in the backseat of a touring van, or in the lobby of a Best Western, or on the cracked vinyl couch of a rock club’s green room, poking a keyboard with a pair of sweaty pointer fingers.
ABOUT KORBY LENKER
A sneaky-good songwriter. And singer. And author. An abbreviated list of Lenker’s achievements so far includes: a signifi cant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singersongwriter touring the UK can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi, and Tristan Prettyman; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival’s elite New Folk songwriting competition. Lenker was raised in Twin Falls Idaho. He is the son of a mortician and attended college in Bellingham, Washington, and there founded the Barbed Wire Cutters, called by SPIN Magazine “The Young Riders of the Bluegrass Revolt.” Medium Hero is his first book.
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