Danny Barnes

Bonfire Presents:

Danny Barnes

Jenni Lyn, Man About A Horse

Fri, April 28, 2017

8:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Danny Barnes
Danny Barnes
Danny Barnes is already known as an iconic American musician, a banjo playing innovator who’s earned high praise from everybody from Bill Frisell and Dave Matthews to Steve Martin, who presented Danny with the Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2015. From the days with his groundbreaking Austin band, the Bad Livers, to his two decade solo career experimenting with electronic music, jazz, old time string band music and more, he’s a genre bending, rule breaking original who prefers to color outside the lines.

Now, with Stove Up, due out March 3, 2017, he’s showing us that it was always a choice, that he’s always had the chops to play straight ahead bluegrass banjo with the best of them. With a top-flight band backing him up, Danny turns in an amazing set of tunes that demonstrate his respect for tradition and his commitment to his own musical voice.

“Happily, with Stove Up, our five-string hero steps out of the lab and into the sunlight where his pre-war Gibson can really shine,” says Tim O'Brien. “Producer and guitarist Nick Forster wisely loosens the reins and lets his pack of thoroughbreds set a fast pace around the bluegrass track. Mandolinist Chris Henry, with his bone-dry tone and expanded traditional approach, is a particularly inspired foil to Barnes. Along with Forster, much decorated fiddler Jason Carter, and everyone’s favorite bassist, Mike Bub, they cut through some beautiful territory, including two Don Stover’s compositions—”Black Diamond” and “Rockwood Deer Chase.” Three vocal tracks peek through the instrumentals and give new listeners a look into the quirky mind of Barnes… These are live and lively performances where you can almost hear the musicians smile.”

Recorded in eTown Studios in Colorado, Stove Up was produced by Nick Forster and engineered by James Tuttle. The mixing and editing were done by the great banjo player Scott Vestal and it was mastered by David Glasser at Airshow.

Danny says, “After 45 years of practicing, this is the first acoustic bluegrass record I've ever made. Nick, Mike, Jason, and Chris are bluegrass royalty! It was a sure enough honor to be able to make Stove Up, a loving homage to the great Don Stover.”

One of his banjo heroes, Don Stover, was the inspiration for this project simply because Don knew how to play bluegrass banjo in a way that fit the style, showed respect for Earl Scruggs and others, but it still sounded like him, had his own voice. Danny delivers on all fronts here, from scorching banjo fiddle duets with Jason Carter (“Paddy on the Turnpike,” “John Hardy,” and “Bill Cheatum”) to faithful versions of Scruggs (“Flint Hill Special” and “Fireball”), or a Grandpa Jones tune (“Eight More Miles To Louisville”) to a reinterpreted Rolling Stones song (“Factory Girl”) or his own originals (“Isotope 709,” “Charlie,” and “Get It While You Can”).

This generous set of music sounds like what it is – great musicians having fun playing music in real time.

Danny says, “All these tunes on here (except the ones I made up), I’ve been playing and working on since I was a young boy. I’m STILL working on this stuff. My plan = never give up.”

If you’re looking for an antidote to the world’s problems, go find Stove Up, this new Danny Barnes record, and turn it up loud. It’s a thing of joy and beauty!
Jenni Lyn
Jenni Lyn
“In this day and age it’s refreshing to hear an artist whose music comes straight from the heart. Jenni Lyn 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, smell the flowers, 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

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...

You’re home.

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.
Man About A Horse
With their blend of heartfelt originals, unique versions of popular tunes, and traditional bluegrass, Man About a Horse makes acoustic music that cuts across generational lines. And when you see them perform, you can tell they have a heck of a lot of fun doing it.

Their highly danceable shows have charmed audiences since their start in 2014, and a steady performing schedule is helping them build a fun and loyal fan base. Man About a Horse has performed at renowned venues for acoustic music, including Jalopy Theatre (New York City), the Tin Angel (Philadelphia), and Albert Music Hall (New Jersey).

The group’s debut recording, “The EP,” was released in March 2015, and has received radio play on both mainstream and bluegrass radio stations around the country, as well as praise from WXPN’s The Key, Rock On Philly, and other reviewers.

Man About a Horse is Roy Matthews (guitar), Justin Stevenson (mandolin), Matt Thomas (bass), and Dan Whitener (banjo).

“Breathing new life into a classic art form.” – Ear to the Ground

“Their high energy and harmony is sure to make you want to dance!“ – Sierra Hull, IBMA-nominated recording artist
Venue Information:
MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107