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. "
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."
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."
May 10th, 2017
Jennifer Fuller ~WSIU Public Radio 91.9
Jennifer "Jay" Bull ~ Carbondale Nightlife
March 27th, 2017
Morgan Timms ~Daily Egyptian
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."
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."
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
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