Bluegrass isn’t a genre always associated with uplift, self-empowerment and confidence anthems, but that’s part of what mandolin player and singer Jenni Lyn does.
“Stronger,” the first track on Lyn’s 2017 release “Burn Another Candle,” is one of those musical pep-talk sloganeering jams that one generally hears in a dance-pop setting, less often with bright banjo.
Lyn can do racing picking, rapid-fire fluttering strums and more. She can also let a backbeat, thunked on muted strings, serve as a kind of string-band funk backdrop.
Lyn grew up in South Carolina but lives in Nashville now. So on “Hickory Holler,” one at least suspects that when she sings about sweet iced tea and fresh tomatoes, she’s not faking it.
Lyn was a member of the all-female bluegrass project Della Mae. If you want further proof of her bluegrass cred, you can see footage of her meeting Bill Monroe when she was a kid, mandolin in hand, backstage at a music festival.
Jenni Lyn performs at Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $15. 203-789-8281 or cafenine.com.