Courtney Lee Adams Jr.
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Courtney Lee Adams Jr.

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"Weekly Picks"

The riveting vocals and fluid songwriting Ms. Adams Jr. brought to her alt-country band Courtney & Western now serve her own, just as striking urban ballads. It’s like hearing the range and expressiveness of Sandy Denny brought to the Twin Peaks roadhouse—downtown.
- The Village Voice

"Album Review"

On that checker board square where you'd expect to find the fusion of Lucinda Williams' ambitious younger sister melding with Neko Case's more talented cousin is where you find Adams. A gutsy indy rocker with a sharp pen ... Adams has loads of the off beat charm ...she also has what it takes to go farther and make hit records .... This is a great chance to say you were there when with an act that's clearly going to go places.
- MIdwest Record Recap

"Necessary Spinning #2"

Ms. Adams … carves out a style of indie rock that's just this side of alt-country. Drench it all in a post-punk coating by getting James Mastro (Bongos) to produce and Fred Smith (Television) to mix the record and play bass on it, and you've got yourself a damn fine 12-song album. File under: women who rock.
- Yeah Yeah Yeah


Know What I Mean? on Olympic Records (self-released), available at CD Baby and at

(as Courtney & Western) released vinyl singles with the Diesel Only label "Hands Off b/w Diplomat", "Hungry Like A Man b/w Let It Rain", " "Lovin You Is Killin' Me b/w Am I In Love"

"Am I In Love" on soundtrack to "Love And A .45"



Courtney Lee Adams Jr. is a musician, writer and
performer. Her first release on Olympic Records, "Know What I Mean?" was produced by James Mastro (Bongos, Health & Happiness Show) and Fred Smith (Television) and is available through and at The album track "Higher Than That," is on the soundtrack of director Mark Street's debut feature "Rockaway," which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Courtney previously led the alt-rock outfit Courtney & Western in the burgeoning days of the East Village roots-rock scene. The blue vinyl singles issued by the Diesel Only label (most famous for bringing us Laura Cantrell) were collected on their Rig Rock compilations, from which the song "Hands Off" has emerged as a perennial favorite.

Courtney Lee Adams Jr. has always been regarded as a powerful songwriter and performer, and her music continues to evolve. Never comfortable in a strict format of any type, she continues to dissect and shred genres while attempting to maintain a core of emotional truth. "At this point, I've embraced all my influences. The country's still there, but a lot of new people moved in."

The band's live performances are exciting, unpredictable, and never canned.