It’s Gonzo Journalism meets Outlaw Country as TJ Music Magazine – Turnstyled, Junkpiled shakes things up in the Sin City and beyond. “Waiting for the day when they stop calling it Americana and start calling it Country again.”
Meet the team!
Editor: Courtney S. Lennon (Courtney Sudbrink)
About: A native of Buffalo, NY, Courtney began her writing career at the Arts Desk of The University at Buffalo Spectrum. She is the Founder and Editor of Turnstyled Junkpiled, is a regular contributor/Featured Writer on NoDepression.com and contributes to Lone Star Music Magazine and Texas Music Magazine. A descendant of legendary songwriter, Stephen Foster, Courtney is a unique and strong voice in the roots community, whose cutting-edge journalistic approach has drawn comparisons to counter-culture writers such as Lester Bangs & Hunter S. Thompson.
Likes: Gonzo Journalism, Bob Dylan, Townes-Guy-Steve, Waylon, Merle, Memphis Soul, Pet Sounds, trains, Texas BBQ, upright bass, banjos, rock n’ roll.
Managing Editor: Mark Lennon
About: Mark helped build Turnstyled, Junkpiled from the ground up. He can be credited for the site’s design and management. He is the voice of Buffalo Badass’s sidekick, Squirrel and co-host of Turnstyled Junkpiled‘s Pimp Podcast. Feel free to contact him with any questions, issues, compliments or complaints.
Likes: Bluegrass & BBQ.
Staff Writer: Terry Paul Roland
About: Terry Paul Roland was born in West Texas, grew up in Southern California absorbing music as diverse as Buddy Holly, Love, The Doors, Hanks Williams, The Beach Boys and Woody Guthrie. His past features and interview subjects have included country and roots singer-songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, John Prine, Butch Hancock, Iris Dement, Ricky Skaggs, Blame Sally, Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, The Jayhawks, Taj Mahal and David Lindley. His articles and interviews have been prasied for their insights and unique perspective on some of today’s finest singer-songwriters. He also publishes with San Diego Troubadour, FolkWorks, No Depression and Sun209.
Likes: John Prine, The Band, Larry McMurtry, Dylan, Townes and Texas Blues
Contributing Writer: Gary Austin
About: A native of the Haliburton oil camps in Oklahoma, Texas and California, Gary Austin is the founder and original director of LA’s legendary Groundling Theatre. He is currently creative director for all courses and shows at Gary Austin Workshops. An acclaimed singer/songwriter, Gary’s contributions to the world of Country music include songs in film and television, as well as opening for Charlie Daniels, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and The Marshall Tucker Band, among others. A Legend in his own right, Gary’s column “Austin’s Legends” is a sounding board for all things Texas and Country.
Likes: Trains, Texas outlaw songwriters, dogs, old pickup trucks, black Gibson guitars, beer, & providing the world with quality improvisational theatre.
Staff Writer: Brian Rock
About: Brian was raised gypsy style, moving every other year until well after college. As friendships proved to be temporary, Brian found a constant companion in music, wearing the grooves off Beatles and Dylan albums before moving on to Lyle Lovett and Dwight Yokam. Living so often in flux, he has come to value music and lyrics of lasting quality. Not moved by trends or fashion, he is drawn to timeless lyrics and soulful rhythms. Although now settled down, Brian still expresses his gypsy spirit through his writing. He has co-written songs with musician friends he’s met along the way, including several contributions to the 2012 ICMA Album of the Year, Family Album. Brian also writes children’s books and poems, including the Children’s Book Council featured title, The Deductive Detective. Visit Brian’s Family Album and Author Page.
Likes: Van Morrison, Texas Troubadours, the sweet spot where Country, Blues and Rock converge, and of course, peanut m&ms.
TJ WEST: Kim Grant
About: After growing listening to Dolly, Merle and Willie, Kim Grant spent the 90’s immersed in the Chicago indie rock scene. Spending many nights at the famed (now-defunct) venue Lounge Ax, bands like Bad Livers, Giant Sand, Handsome Family, Palace Brothers and Wilco turned her on to what was then called Alt-Country. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000, she found this same feeling of musical community at a tiny west side bar called The Cinema Bar where she met artists, Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks, Tony Gilkyson, Ramsay Midwood, and Kip Boardman. These talented folks spurred her enthusiasm for the Southern California roots music scene and the Americana music scene as a whole. Now a music publicist, Grant (alongside Liz Garo and Pam Moore) founded the Los Angeles, weekly roots music series, The Grand Ole Echo in 2005. Also with Garo, Grant helped to curate the Roots Roadhouse American-roots music festival in both 2011 and 2012. Also in 2011 she began co-producing a SXSW day party with Julie Richmond titled, Grand Ole Austin which is still going strong. Visit TJ West on fb and kgmusicpress.com.
Contributing Writer: Jake Tully
About: Based out of the San Fernando Valley, Jake is a LA transplant who is fascinated with the history and continuation of the Americana scene in Southern California. After moving down to the area to pursue a degree in Journalism from CSUN, Jake has found seemingly countless opportunities to find new music in the Greater Los Angeles area and the friendly disposition of the folks interested in the music. Jake enjoys going out in the field and chronicling the culture surrounding festivals and shows dedicated to keeping country music alive, but finds just as much solace in taking an evening to sit back and letting his vinyl collection wash over him. He believes there is a still a great deal of explanation to be done in order to help explain the divide between pop country and the bonafide music, and has made it one of his goals to entertain this notion through his writing.
Staff Writer: Gerry Gomez
About: Born and raised in Southern California on cosmic Americana, canyon country singer-songwriters, the bakersfield sound, punk, brown-eyed soul and Mexican food. Gerry fronts the Damngivers (facebook.com/damngivers, damngivers.com) who are right at home in the electronic pages of Turnstyled Junkpiled. He freelances in marketing and advertising/design and sits on the board of artsandservices.org, a non-profit benefiting mentally disabled adults through art and music therapy.
Likes: going horseback riding with the family, free drinks, a good rhythm section, western design, musical instrument pornography, enlightened people.
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