Tune in to NPR Music's Facebook page tomorrow evening at 7PM EST to watch a live stream of the Americana Music Honors & Awards Nominee Ceremony hosted by the Milk Carton Kids with guests Sierra Hull & Ethan Jodziewicz, Margo Price & Lucinda Williams.
...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!