...a few years later became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Now 24, the kid wonder has come into her own as an artist. On her fourth album, the Béla Fleck-produced “Weighted Mind,” Hull proves as deft a songwriter as she is a mandolinist.
"Many people ask me what I call the music I'm playing," Hull says. "It's original music with a bluegrass foundation. Though inspired by a lot of other kinds of music, everything I do will be built upon that base. I'm really proud to have grown up being a part of bluegrass. That will always be home for me."
Sierra Hull’s Weighted Mind begins with a composition called “Stranded”, but the hopeful jubilance on display in the ethereal, explorative nature of the way Hull impressively plucks her mandolin would call for more of a lilting sense of self-assuredness than anything else.
"The "Black River" video plays up the idea of being emotionally stranded, with shots of Hull getting drenched in a storm and lying on a bed in the woods. A shadowy, robed figure — possibly another aspect of Hull's psyche — follows her around and eventually runs her off. As with the song, her conflicts in the video remain unresolved and out of reach." - Rolling Stone Country
Sierra will be appearing on Garrison Keillor's, A Prairie Home Companion on September 26th with Ethan Jodziewicz & Justin Moses. They will be performing songs from Sierra's forthcoming album, Weighted Mind.
You can listen on your local public radio station or you can live stream the show (5pm to 7 pm CT) at www.prairiehome.org!
Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts as the City of Hopewell and the Beacon Theatre prepare for the production of the motion picture "Imperium", the Sierra Hull concert scheduled for tomorrow evening, Friday, September 11, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 5. Doors will remain 6:30pm. The new date coincides with the release of Sierra's new CD (which comes out on January 29) and will be one of the first shows in support of the new release.
Sierra is no stranger to the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show. For the past 8 consecutive years, she has been listed among the top 5 nominees for Mandolin Player of the Year. Though she has never taken home the award, she continues to be the youngest and only woman to be nominated in the category. This years nominees are: Jesse Brock Sam Bush Sierra Hull Ronnie McCoury Adam Steffey
Those of you that have been able to catch a live Sierra show this year have seen this beautiful LandLand Poster at the merch table. We've received so many compliments on this item that we've decided to make it available in the online Sierra Store! Since Sierra can't make her way on tour to all of you this year, we've had her sign them for you here! Each poster is numbered and signed by LandLand artist, Jessica Seamans.