Articles written by: Courtney S. Lennon

Kin to legendary songwriter, Stephen Foster, Courtney is a strong voice in the roots community. A native of Buffalo, NY, she began her writing career at the Arts Desk of The University at Buffalo Spectrum. She is the Founder and Editor of TJ Music Magazine, which she started after moving to Los Angeles in 2010. Courtney has contributed to Lone Star Music Magazine, Texas Music Magazine and No Depression. She has written cover stories on Ryan Bingham, Guy Clark, Terry Allen, Rodney Crowell, Wanda Jackson, and Dale Watson, among others. She is the author of the forthcoming book "Live Forever: The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver," due out 2020 through Texas A&M University Press.

Song Premiere [James Steinle “Look Out Below Mama” ]

Song Premiere [James Steinle “Look Out Below Mama” ]

Turnstyled Junkpiled premieres Austin, Texas, based singer-songwriter, James Steinle’s new song, “Look Out Below Mama,” from his forthcoming, debut album, South Texas Home Coming –due out August, 17, 2018. Produced by John Ross Silva (The Gougers), the […]

Radney Foster: Songs, Stories & The Greatest Show On Earth

Radney Foster: Songs, Stories & The Greatest Show On Earth

Welcome to TJ Music’s first eZine. Radney Foster: Songs, Stories & The Greatest Show On Earth. TJ Editor, Courtney S. Lennon, takes you to hang out with one the greatest songwriters of their generation, listen to […]

Wanda Jackson: The Queen of Cool

Wanda Jackson: The Queen of Cool

By Courtney S. Lennon, Editor It is mid-September, 2017. Wanda Jackson, The First Lady of Rockabilly, is at home in Oklahoma, the place of her birth and where she has spent almost her entire life. […]

Radney Foster: The Storyteller of Del Rio

Radney Foster: The Storyteller of Del Rio

By Courtney S. Lennon Radney Foster is at home in Nashville, Tenn., where he has lived for over 30 years. The Del Rio, Texas native, is in the middle of fixing supper, on a short […]

Chris Fullterton: Epilepsy Blues

Chris Fullterton: Epilepsy Blues

  Chris Fullerton: Epilepsy Blues By Courtney S. Lennon, Editor On his debut album, Epilepsy Blues (Eight 30 Records), Austin-based singer-songwriter, Chris Fullterton courageously looks his own mortality straight in the eye and comes out […]

Rodney Crowell: Close Ties & Last Goodbyes

Rodney Crowell: Close Ties & Last Goodbyes

By Courtney S. Lennon, Editor Rodney Crowell is at home in Franklin, Tenn., about 30 miles south of Nashville. The East Houston native, speaks with a polite southern drawl, sounding like a Texas gentleman. At […]

Dale Watson: On the Road to Memphis

Dale Watson: On the Road to Memphis

By Courtney S. Lennon, Editor Dale Watson is about 75 miles from Memphis, headed toward his new home, located less than a mile away from Graceland. Dalevis, as he’s known as in the Bluff City, […]

The Evolution of Sammy Brue

The Evolution of Sammy Brue

The Evolution of Sammy Brue By Courtney S. Lennon, Editor Sammy Brue is in mountains of Morgan, UT on vacation. Morgan, about a half hour drive from his home in Ogden, UT, which at one […]

TJ Editor, Courtney Lennon’s Birthday Playlist

TJ Editor, Courtney Lennon’s Birthday Playlist

Playlist: TJ Editor Courtney Lennon’s 33 picks on her 33rd birthday. From “Sweet Revenge” to “Southern Comfort,” from Country to Soul, here’s what we’re listening to today at TJ: Tracks: 1. “Sweet Revenge” John Prine […]

Terry Allen: Crossing The Horizon

Terry Allen: Crossing The Horizon

“If you ever get really depressed, put on a Terry Allen album. It will just make you smile. His sense of humor, way with words, and the situations he writes about, it’s priceless.” – Guy Clark […]

John McEuen: The TJ Interview

John McEuen: The TJ Interview

John McEuen: The TJ Interview By, Courtney S. Lennon, Editor Marking his 70th year in life and 50 years since the inception of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen’s latest solo album, Made in […]

Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing

Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing

By Courtney Sudbrink Lennon, Editor At the age of 71, the recently knighted, Northern Irish soul prodigy, Van Morrison has released his 36th studio album, Keep Me Singing, a reminder that no matter the decade, […]