About PSW

PensonStringWorks is the home of Jim Penson, long time bluegrass musician, teacher, and luthier

I'm a 45 year veteran of the bluegrass banjo, having played with The Bee Creek Boys, The Front Porch Boys, Whitehouse Harmony, Eazy Pickinz, and DeAnn Spence and Full House. I also play rhythm guitar, some lead and flatpick guitar, dobro, and a little  mandolin.

I was born in Illinois, not exactly a hotbed of bluegrass activity, so I moved South, to Texas, where I've lived for 40 years. 

In College Station in thelate 70's, I was fortunate enough to get connected with Robert Earl Keen, and through him, Lyle Lovett. Together with Bryan Duckworth and Jimmy Reina, we were The Front Porch Boys. 

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I teach
  • Bluegrass banjo
  • Frailing banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Guitar
  • Dobro
  • Lead and harmony singing
  • Wernick Method bluegrass jamming