Marriages, divorces, raising my son, and working 2 jobs most my life, I was lucky to have music in my life. I loved music and always wanted to be a music artist, so to be able to make a living with it, was a dream come true.
I played honky tonks and bars in the mountains of Arizona, in a town called Show Low. I moved to the mountains to join my first band. With my 5 year old son in tow, we started off to make a life on our own. I had $500.00. I got a secretarial job to get by for a few weeks. I was going to quit this job as soon as the band started. I rented an apartment at the King Cole Apartments ($235.00 per month). These apartments were old, and the carpet was older, but came with a single car garage.
The band never started; apparently the musicians that hired me were flakey. Times were tough on the mountain, especially during the winters. The garage came in handy, this is where I strung clothes line, so after I scrubbed our clothes on a washboard (purchased at ACE Hardware), I would hang them to dry in the garage. Drying would take awhile because of freezing temperatures. The clothes would freeze, thaw then freeze….anyway… I finally landed my first band job when I was 21. I played solid for 15 years before moving to Nashville in 1998.
In Nashville I performed for 3 year on Lower Broadway. I've also played at various Writer Show's around town.
January 2010, we just finished up on my latest project; an album called “Planes, Trains, Trucks… Lovin’ and Leavin’. There are original tunes as well as some of my favorite songs that were written by friends of mine. This record is pretty much a biography. Thank you for your time, Penny
P.S. These days I have a very nice washer and dryer, which continue to be my prized possessions.