Meet the team!

Editor:  Courtney S. Lennon 

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About: Kin to legendary songwriter Stephen Foster, Courtney grew up in Buffalo, New York and is the Founder and Editor of TJ Music Magazine, which she started in Los Angeles in 2011. She has contributed to  NoDepression.comLone Star Music Magazine and Texas Music Magazine.

Likes: Honky tonk, Memphis, southern soul, Townes Van Zandt, Waylon, Shaver, Merle, Terry Allen, John Prine, Brian Wilson, outlaw country, Gonzo journalism, Lester Bangs, Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway.


Managing Editor: Mark Lennon

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About: Mark helped build TJ Music 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..oh and Waylon. And Prine.


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.


TJ Writer: Brian Rock

BrianAbout: 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, Author Page and Pandora Channel.

Likes: Van Morrison, Texas Troubadours, the sweet spot where Country, Blues and Rock converge, and of course, peanut m&ms.


TJ WEST: Kim Grant

Kim-Grant-300About: 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


TJ 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.


TJ 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 (, 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, 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.


TJ Contributing Writer:

About: Hailing from the Appalachian foothills, Josh is a lifelong listener of music. Raised on country and rock music, Josh has a healthy knowledge of both genres. He’s just as likely to be listening to George Strait and Waylon Jennings, as he is to be listening to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. He’s always had an interest in writing and music. This led to him creating Country Perspective in 2014, where he previously wrote. In addition to the aforementioned genres, Josh also loves hip-hop and R&B. When he’s not being a music nerd and writing nerd, he’s an avid watcher of college football and learning how to play the guitar.

Likes: Sturgill Simpson, great outlaw country, the Bakersfield sound, amazing music regardless of genre, going to concerts, Indians baseball and Ohio State football.


TJ Contributing Writer: Mercedes Mill

About: Mercedes Mill is a singer-songwriter and member of Americana duo The Glimpses, rooted in folk, country blues, Memphis soul and rock ‘n’ roll. A lifelong lover of music, poetry, and writing, Mercedes has also written for Blues Matters! magazine.

Likes: Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Bettye LaVette, Fairport Convention, road trips, midnight, animals, The Big Lebowski, guacamole, good vibrations.


Turnstyled Junkpiled – Contributing Writers:

Nelson Blanton (Photographer)

Chris Isom

Adrienne Cohen Isom (Photographer)

Michael Verity

Dixon Milner

Jonathan Shifflett



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