Courtney Lee Adams Jr.

Courtney Lee Adams Jr.


Loretta Lynn drops acid and goes to CBGBs


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.


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"

Set List

We're usually called upon to do one short (45 min.) set, but we can expand as necessary. We do songs from the current record, and will throw in occasional covers: we have a particularly good version of the Beatles "Getting Better All the Time". We've also covered "A Man Needs A Maid", "Mr. Soul", "Taxi" and long before Kid Rock did it, "Feel Like Makin Love". A long-time staple of our set has been an obscure country song called "Beer Cans" by Homer Henderson and the Dalworthington Garden Boys. At least, that's what my pedal steel player told me.