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Sierra Hull

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A good chunk of popular music’s real estate has been carved up along lines of age these last half-dozen decades, and we’re used to seeing young musicians aim exclusively for young audiences then flounder as they outgrow teenaged listeners’ tastes and concerns. Pan-generational mentoring and mingling has done much to insulate bluegrass from this coming-of-age quandary. Still, Sierra Hull is the rare soul to make it through these years entirely unscathed.

Secrets—the debut album she recorded at 15, and released at 16—struck the ear with sensibilities that seemed both seasoned and fresh; kids’ stuff this was not. Three years and a move from her family’s home in tiny Byrdstown, Ten. to Boston’s Berklee College of Music later, she’s followed with one of the most surefooted transitions into early adulthood put to record. Thirty seconds into the opening track, she sings a line that puts a fine point on it: “I’m not a child anymore.”

Of course, the evidence of Sierra’s uncommon maturity—musical and personal (one might say she embodies the perfect balance of humility and capability)—has been there all along, and won her formidable fans: by age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder was expressing interest; first Ron Block and now Barry Bales have served as co-producers, and her studio bands have featured the cream of the contemporary bluegrass crop—Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs and Bryan Sutton this time, alongside members of Sierra’s own crack band Highway 111.

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  • arionspace

    :)

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • medusoid

    loooooove

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mullington

    Super and rather attractive too.

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gebhardino

    Great girl.

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Thinspread

    Really wonderful artist. If you like her, you might like this as well: http://www.last.fm/music/Ike+Catrett/Shine+Brightly

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • kali_ram

    1st listen, great sound, lovely female voice! Beautiful!

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • drbunnig

    Discovered her a day or two ago. Really good stuff. New album is great.

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • ZombiePsyche

    Sierra's got soul, she has integrity. She's got a fucking mandolin.² Haha inf'ndeed!

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • MohammadReza20

    She reminds me of Alison Krauss.

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • chf451

    Love a girl that can lay that bluegrass down like she does!

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • eclectic93

    All her songs are beautiful, and I really admire anyone who can sing well and play an instrument like Sierra.

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • MaxPizza

    Teenage icons these days make me sick. They're pawns of the Disney channel, whores and sluts glorified to appeal to the offspring of consumers. Little girls should be aspiring to be Sierra Hull. She's that beautiful teenage girl that millions would fall head over heels for, but she lacks the sickening, empty shallowness of mainstream musicians. Sierra's got soul, she has integrity. She's got a fucking mandolin.

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • longknife41

    Please come back to Nashville, Sierra. I'm sorry I missed your set at the Loveless Barn on Music City Roots.

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • JKBirch

    There is incredible maturity in Sierra's music. While others her age may be trying desperately to jump from Nashville to LA or NY, Sierra is true to the roots of bluegrass. She is playing at the MACC in Columbus, OH on July 21 (2010) with some of the best in current bluegrass. Sierra, please always keep true to the music...the humble and grateful fans of bluegrass would be crushed to lose you! :-)

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • annieloonie

    beautiful voice

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SteveNimmons

    Stunningly brilliant. A superb début album, beautifully recorded, wonderful melody and a scintillating vocal. Sierra must be destined for world-wide stardom. If you've not heard her, you are genuinely missing out.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lrmill

    Woderful vioce great mandolin. Love it

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • serenamatthews

    Much love from another Byrdstown girl. ♥

    24 May 2009 Reply
  • OldNinThWay

    "If You Can Tame My Heart" makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up! I'll wear out this track.

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • trolltunes

    voice of a song bird!!!!!!!!

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
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