“In this day and age it’s refreshing to hear an artist whose music comes straight from the heart.” -Sam Bush
Jenni Lyn is heading underground for the February 25, 2017 Bluegrass Underground radio show taping supporting legendary Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. You may know Jenni Lyn from her mandolin playing in the Grammy nominated & IBMA winning Della Mae. She is now posed to take a step out & to the front leading a brand new band of top notch musicians. This is one of your first opportunities to check out this new project plus it’s in one of the world’s coolest venues with one of the genre’s greatest performers. This will be a return trip to the cave for Doyle Lawson, check this video out from his last underground set. We recently talked to Jenni Lyn in Nashville, TN while she is off the road about food, music, more music & lot’s more. There are limited tickets left to see this great show here.
BGU: Many people might know you as a member/mandolinist of the Rounder Recording artists Della Mae. You’ve started a new solo band, give us the scoop on this exciting new band?
JL: You will be seeing a side of me that you’ve never seen because I’ve always been in a support role, until now. The musicians on tour with me will vary a bit this year. In the cave I will have Frank Rische (Miranda Lambert, Jipsy) on guitar/vox, Adam Chaffins (Town Mountain, Deadly Gentleman) on bass/vox, Cory Walker (Sierra Hull, Chris Henry) on banjo and special guest Matt Combs (Reba, Opry Staff Band) on fiddle. You can expect to hear lots of new music off my record + a few bluegrass standards I have picked out for the show.
BGU: Tell us about the new band came together?
JL: I had known for a while that Della Mae would be taking a break so I spent a lot of time asking myself, “what do I want to do next?”. Initially, I thought I might put out a record with Jenni Lyn & The Palmetto Bluegrass Band. That dream is still alive, but it was clear once I started collecting and writing songs that the next thing was very much a solo project.
BGU: Are you taking the new band on the road this summer?
JL: I will be on tour this Spring and my booking agency and I are working on dates for Summer and Fall. For updates visit jennilyngardner.com to sign up for the mailing list.
BGU: What are your favorite foods & favorite things to do while traveling on the road?
JL: Some of my favorite foods are Vietnamese, Thai and Southern Soul Food. I usually eat super healthy on the road, and love trying local foods while traveling.
BGU: Name 3 albums that have heavily influenced your career?
JL: Alison Krauss & Union Station So Long So Wrong, JD Crowe & The New South My Home Aint In The Hall of Fame, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver The News Is Out
BGU: Speaking of Doyle Lawson, did you listen to his albums growing up?
JL: Yes, I used to listen to Doyle Lawson cassette tapes in my daddy’s pick up truck on the way to church. He would let me rewind and playback all my favorite parts over and over. Doyle is known for having killer harmony vocals which probably influenced my ear for harmony and ability to sing different parts.
BGU: Tell us your top 3 Doyle Lawson tracks so folks can get schooled before going into the cave?
JL: Here’s what I’ll be listening to to get pumped up for the show and you should, too: Julie Ann Come Home, Sweet Heart You Done Me Wrong, On The Sea of Life
BGU: How has Doyle Lawson influenced your career?
JL: I grew up going to The Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival in North Carolina. It was there that I got exposed to some of the best live bluegrass music and jamming around. I see friends from that era on the music scene today. All of us were heavily influenced by going there. Denton was the best…
BGU: Where would you like to you see yourself musically in 10 years?
JL: Still making records.
BGU: Have you ever performed in a cave?
JL: This will be my first time playing in a cave. It’s been on my wish list for some time! I’m excited!!
BGU: Can you tell us any secret info about your unreleased album?
JL: It’s called “Burn Another Candle”. I produced it myself and 8 out of 12 songs on it are original. The official release date is March 31, 2017, and I just might have a few copies for sale @ Bluegrass Underground.