Danny Barnes / Grant Gordy / Joe K. Walsh -PLUS- Jenni Lyn Gardner
Date(s) - 04/26/2017
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The Prism Coffeehouse is excited to present a special All-Star Bluegrass Co-Bill and Jam:
Wednesday April 26th
Time: 7:00 pm
$20 adv. / $22 door
At C’ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St. Charlottesville, VA 22903
Danny Barnes / Grant Gordy / Joe K. Walsh
“Banjo legend with master pickers”
Jenni Lyn Gardner
“Grammy nominated Della Mae founder with Kyle Tuttle, Mike Bub and Frank Riche“
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. Joining Danny for the Wednesday, April 26th show will be two of the finest bluegrass pickers on the circuit today, Grant Gordy (guitar, vocals) and Joe K. Walsh (mandolin, vocals). Look for Danny to be jamming along with Jenni Lyn Gardner and her bandmates as well.
Danny Barnes Released an all-acoustic homage to Don Stover, Stove Up, on March 3, 2017.
With Stove Up, out March 3, 2017, Danny’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.”
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.”
Kind words about Danny and Stove Up:
“My friend Danny. The truth. This is the thing that struck me most strongly when I first heard Danny Barnes and is something that continues to grow stronger and clearer. What we hear from Danny is true. It can be coming from no one else. His story. Whether it’s the songs he writes himself or those he chooses to play. He has lived it. He’s not playing ‘at’ it. He ‘is’ it… Danny’s love of, connection to, and history with this music is long and deep. What a joy now to listen to these songs transformed through his lifetime of experience. It is a wonderful thing… Thank you Danny. Sincerely.” —Bill Frisell
“Danny Barnes represents all that is good about heartfelt music. He has deep passion, exemplary technique, great abilities as a songwriter, richly burnished vocals, and the fearsome desire to break through boundaries while still staying solidly rooted in tradition. He’s as fine as they come.” —Tony Trischka
“Like Superman squeezing a lump of coal, Danny Barnes can transform crumbling musical remnants into cutting edge innovations, but avid fans have long known that Barnyard Electronics’ chief engineer has some serious traditional banjo chops.” —Tim O’Brien
Jenni Lyn Gardner is a rising star in the bluegrass world. Known as a founding member of Grammy award winning Della Mae, she is about to release her first solo record Burn Another Candle due out April 7th. The record features mostly her original songs including the first song she ever wrote when she was just a young girl. Playing on the record is her touring band – Kyle Tuttle (banjo), Mike Bub (bass) and Frank Riche (guitar) who will all be joining her at the Prism show at C’ville Coffee on April 26th.
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 a passion for music and a love of bluegrass when she was just five years old.
“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 (Daughters of Bluegrass) and a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.
“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. — Sam Bush
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