3 Penny Acre is a musical collaboration between three songwriters: Bayard Blain, Bernice Hembree, and Bryan Hembree. Fans and critics have identified their unique, Ozark-inspired sound as distinct, yet universally appealing. Listeners in all corners have come to appreciate their attention to lyrics, harmony, and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements steeped in roots music traditions but with a focus on fresh, new songwriting.
Shortly after forming as a band, 3 Penny Acre won the 2008 Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, Kansas) NewSongs competition. The Winfield exposure helped to solidify the band’s path as emerging artists in the folk and roots music world.
Their sophomore album “Highway 71”, released in the summer of 2010, debuted on the folk radio charts at #3, including the title track “Highway 71” as the #1 song, and held that position for two months. When the annual charts were compiled, they had a top 10 song of 2010 and a top 40 album of 2010.
The band also founded and hosts the annual Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The festival has grown rapidly over the last three years. The band has had the opportunity to present some of their “heroes” of music including Guy Clark (2011), John Prine (2012), David Grisman (2012), and Darrell Scott (2012) and showcase some of the brightest new voices in the folk and roots music world.