April 2019

Jenny Johnson's music was the theme and soundtrack for the Documentary "In The Shadow." The film just recently won Best of Competition at the BEA festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.  


In the Shadow Documentary Premiere 

March 24th, 2018 

View the trailer here. 


Planetary Radio Live on the Eve of the Eclipse

August 30th, 2017

NPR's Planetary Radio 

"With hours to go before the Great American Eclipse, nine outstanding guests joined host Mat Kaplan for Planetary Radio Live in front of 1,100 rowdy eclipse and space science fans. Also at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the show was the Jenny Johnson Band with its new song, “Solar Eclipse. "


The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017

Jackie Mansky with additional research by Lauren Johnson and Jesse Sparks


"A village full of artists and entrepreneurs (who have been the subject of ballads), Makanda was once a thriving railroad hub, which has since which leaned into its own character and creativity to evolve into a funky artisan hamlet."


Local musicians set to shine on eclipse weekend

Barb Eidlin ~ The Southern Illinoisan

"One of the things that makes a party successful is great music, something that this region has in abundance. And local bands here are working bands."


WSIU InFocus: Jenny Johnson Shines a Light on Makanda

May 10th, 2017

Jennifer Fuller ~WSIU Public Radio 91.9

Jenny Johnson’s New Album and the Makanda Boardwalk Mini-event: Music and More in Makanda!

April 2017

Jennifer "Jay" Bull ~ Carbondale Nightlife

Photo of the Day: Ballads of Makanda

March 27th, 2017

Morgan Timms ~Daily Egyptian


Jenny Johnson: Making a Modern Folklore of Makanda

April, 2017

Leah Williams Wright ~Carbondale Nightlife


"It appeared everyone had a story to tell, and was more than willing to share what the small Jackson County village meant to them."


The Jenny Johnson Band celebrates the release of its latest album

Friday, April 29, 2016
Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian

"She’s broad and striking at times, but she also can sing with a nostalgic, almost hill-country lilt. At times, it’s the same fine Victrola warbling other Americana revivalists such as Pokey LaFarge have used to great effect."


Jenny Johnson walks the line between intimacy and community

Brent Stewart ~ The Southern Illinoisan

"While "Torch Ditties" is more like taking your friend into a hallway to have a one-on-one conversation, seeing Johnson live is like being at a dinner party with friends. The harmonies and the instrumentation bring the listeners in, making them part of the community Johnson holds so dear. That live experience completes the whole of Johnson’s music."

Jenny and the Johnsons: Burning it Down with Torch Ditties

May 2014
Brett Haynes ~ Carbondale Nightlife











“Jenny Johnson is the best new Carbondale musician in a long time, and that's saying a lot in light of this city's extraordinary music scene. Artists seldom emerge so fully formed as she did. It is amazing to see someone so young perform with such easy confidence and excellence, who writes songs with such a great mixture of maturity and vigor.”

Chris Wissman, editor of the Carbondale Nightlife