Danny Barnes, Jenni Lynn
This show will be a general admission, non-seated show. Dinner reservations are not available for show time and can only be made in our main dining room upstairs.
If there are any seats/tables at the show, this will be determined the night of the event, and will be on a first come, first served basis. If you'd like to dine with us, please call 212-255-4544 and ask for a table in the main dining room upstairs prior to the show. A seat upstairs is not a guarantee of a seat during the show.
Banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes is the 2015 recipient of the 6th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described as "one of a kind" and widely acknowledged as "one of the best banjo players in America," Barnes is recognized for his experimental sound. The raw and unpolished musical breadth of his compositions has propelled him across the industry today.
As a Texas native and one of bluegrass music's most distinctive and innovative performers, Barnes is known for blending together different sounds in order to defy labeling. His desire to pick up the banjo stemmed from a Grandpa Jones and Stringbean concert he attended as a child. Moved by the performance, Barnes was first inspired to learn how to play the banjo at age ten. He continued his musical endeavors at the University of Texas, where he focused his studies on audio production and discovered his passion for recording music.
In 1990, Barnes founded the progressive bluegrass band Bad Livers. The group's 1992 debut album, Delusions of Banjer garnered attention within the alternative rock and country music scene— putting them ahead of their time. Today, Bad Livers is credited with pioneering the way for the current crossover of Americana in notable bands such as Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers. Barnes began his solo career in 1998 and launched his own private record label, Minner Bucket Records, which focuses on cassette-only releases. In 2010, Barnes released the genre-defying album Pizza Box. Barnes followed that album with 2011's Rocket, issued on ATO. It was produced by John Alagia, and features all-star drummer Matt Chamberlain and keyboardist/bassist Zac Rae.
Barnes frequently plays with artists such as guitarist Bill Frisell, Dave Matthews, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz and has composed the scores to Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys and (with Frisell) the documentary American Hollow.
More recently, Barnes formed the band Test Apes with Ministry's Max Brody, further experimenting with his desire to create new sounds in music. Barnes' skill in audio production encouraged him to create an innovative computer program with MaxMSP and a banjo— pulling bluegrass, noise, rock, and electronic music together. The sound created from this exploration is dubbed "Barnyard Electronics" and allows Barnes to perform as a solo artist, while sounding like he is accompanied by a band.
An ice cold glass of sweet tea melts in your hand, as you lean back on your chair and gaze out into the horizon. Butter beans and rice simmer on the stovetop, the scent permeating through the screen door as it slyly sneaks up to your nose. The latest Jenni Lyn Gardner album plays through the speakers, filling the air with a sound that’s both current and nostalgic...
That all too familiar Southern scene sets the foundation on which Gardner herself was built. Born and raised in South Carolina, the bluegrass songstress knew she’d be Nashville bound from her early childhood days. The artist credits her musical family, beginning with her banjo playing grandmother, for instilling in her a passion for music and a love of bluegrass when she was just five years old. She was raised proper on the genre greats Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, JD Crowe, Larry Sparks, Alison Krauss, Blue Highway, Tony Rice... the list goes on.
“I had the incredible fortune of meeting Bill Monroe backstage at a bluegrass festival when I was 9 years old,” Jenni Lyn recalls. “The two of us played a song together and without hesitation, I played the ‘Two Bits’ when he finished playing ‘Shave and a Haircut.’ We shared a laugh and just before parting ways he leaned down and said to me, ‘Little girl, one day you are going be a star.’”
Bill Monroe was no fool. Over Gardner’s time as a solo artist and as a member of several collaborative projects (including the all female bluegrass band Della Mae) she racked up a number of prestigious awards including:
IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year (Della Mae), IBMA Recorded Event of the Year (The Daughters of Bluegrass) and a coveted GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album (Della Mae).
She’s graced the stage of Nashville’s beloved Ryman Auditorium, as well as numerous festivals including Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and Cambridge Folk. Her career continues to blossom with each appearance in the 30+ countries she’s performed in worldwide.
From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations has shaped Gardner as an artist and as a performer, all culminating in an exciting new album that showcases her well-developed repertoire of songs. The forthcoming release, Burn Another Candle, is sweetened with originality, seasoned with love and strengthened with a solid work ethic and commitment to her solo career. Fans will connect with the energy and feel of the music, a testament to the heart Jenni Lyn has brought to this new chapter in her musical journey - a journey that you’ll savor with every nuanced note.
“In this day and age it’s refreshing to hear an artist whose music comes straight from the heart. Jenni Lyn Gardner is undoubtedly such, with one foot planted deep in tradition and the other bound for uncharted territory. Her first solo album Burn Another Candle brings us songs from bluegrass, newgrass, old time, and an original gospel number from her youth. These songs and performances touch on today’s issues yet recall a time of sweet ice tea, fresh tomatoes, triple fiddles and that ‘high lonesome sound.’ An original instrumental features Jenni Lyn’s remarkable mandolin chops and shows us that her heart beats in the key of B (the bluegrass key). So stop, pick the flowers, relax and take a listen. As her song says, “Hickory Holler is a state of mind,” and that is where Jenni Lyn’s musical journey takes us. Let’s all enjoy the ride. ”
— Sam Bush