The Courtney Janes


The Courtney Janes - Marin County Americana

The Courtney Janes formed in 2008 out of a chemistry between two accomplished musicians that are exceptional songwriters and also true players.  In a short period of time they have played several hundred shows and connected with countless fans, earning a reputation for quality and authenticity.  In 2012 The Courtney Janes won best original soundtrack in an indie film festival, were nominated for best folk group by The Bohemian, and released their second album, "Long Season".


Ben Hulan's voice is filled with heart and soul, while his warm performance style, sharp humor, and effortless mandolin and guitar playing draw you in. Hailing from Virginia, Ben’s writing and playing grow out of his deep roots in that place. He is a songwriter’s songwriter, having received awards in The Great American Song Contest, The Unisong International Song Contest, West Coast Songwriters, and many others. 


Dennis Haneda is the prime motivator that sparks and drives the band.  A gifted and well-regarded guitarist, Dennis’s fine-tuned ear and attention to detail elevate this music so it soars!  Whether crafting songs or inviting us in with his pure and personal voice, Dennis rivets attention. His most well-known work has been with The Courtney Janes, he is also lead guitarist for Bobby Jo Valentine’s band, Gentry Bronson, and most recently, Fat Opie.  


"Like the Everly Brothers or the BoDeans, Dennis and Ben's songs and voices blend so well, you'd think they grew up playing music together." -Drew Pearce, Acoustic Guitar Magazine


"Grisman and Garcia with Simon and Garfunkel on vocals." -Akira Horiuchi, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, JAPAN

"The Courtney Janes are a new time old timey duo of young fellows who know their ways around a pleasing melody and write a catchy song or 2!" -Richard Rice, SF Hootenanny


"These guys are amazing and are welcome back on KSRO "The Drive" anytime!" -Steve Jaxon- KSRO

"I just love The Courtney Janes and their 'radio drop' has become legendary!" -Kellie in the Morning, KVON Radio, Napa

"The Courtney Janes performed a smile creating set as catchy as it was melodic, with a fantastic toe-tappin' sorta Bluegrass sorta Folk sorta Skiffle original style."  -Michael Sikorsky,


"They truly are two of the more gifted musicians I have heard in a while and a great pleasure to listen to performing live...  Ben's absolute mastery of the mandolin as well as Dennis' ownage on the guitar are brought to the forefront whenever they segue into an instrumental." -Nusi, Live Music Review

Amazing Artists we have shared a bill with:

Hot Buttered Rum
Mother Hips
Yonder Mountain String Band
Willie Nelson
Gillian Welch
Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys


Venues we have played:

The Mystic Theatre Petaluma
Last Day Saloon Santa Rosa
Cafe Du Nord SF
Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol
Apple Store Downtown SF
Hotel Utah SF
Hopmonk Tavern Novato
Red Devil Lounge SF
SF Folk Festival
El Cerrito Free Folk Festival
Novato Art & Wine Festival
San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
Handcar Regatta Festival Santa Rosa
Aubergine Sebastopol
Iron Springs Pub and Brewery Fairfax
Cafe International SF
The Sleeping Lady Fairfax
19 Broadway Fairfax
Peri's Fairfax
Yoshi's Lounge SF
Fillmore Poster Room SF
Lagunitas Brewery Petaluma
Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma