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Artist profiles: Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull

Sierra Dawn Hull was born September 27, 1991 in Byrdstown, Tennessee. She began playing mandolin at age eight and quickly became noted on the national festival scene for her fluid inventive picking, winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process.

She self-released an instrumental CD, Angel Mountain in 2002. She recorded Secrets (Rounder) at 15 and released it in 2008 at 16. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are Ron Block, Barry Bales, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Jim VanCleve, and the banjo phenom Cory Walker who was seventeen years old at the time and had already played alongside Sierra for several years.

“What I’ve seen in Sierra over the months of working on Secrets is a passion for music in general, and specifically for bluegrass,” said Secrets co-producer Ron Block. “She has an intense desire for excellence a love of good songs and an attention to detail that is not often found in someone so young; she’s only going to get better and better as time goes on. It’ll be intriguing to watch how her vision and creativity affect the future of bluegrass in the coming years.

Sierra was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour which included an all-star bluegrass lineup performing songs from the soundtracks of the hit movies O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. A seasoned performer, she has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows and shared the stage with various bluegrass legends such as Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart, and Ricky Skaggs.

An active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Sierra has been performing in that organization’s annual convention showcases of young bluegrass talent since she was ten. As co-host (with Ryan Holladay) of IBMA’s educational DVD release Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, Sierra played an integral part in their effort to introduce young audiences to this uniquely American genre.

Her third album Daybreak was produced by Union Station’s Barry Bales and features some of the best singers and pickers in the bluegrass scene.

Discography:

Angel Mountain (independent release, 2002)
Secrets (Rounder Records, 2008)
Daybreak (Rounder Records, 2011)
Weighted Mind (Rounder Records, 2016)

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MerleFest Announces Six More Artists to 2017 Lineup

The great American roots music festival MerleFest has announced six more acts to the 2017 lineup: The Avett Brothers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Chatham County Line Electric Holiday, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers and Sierra Hull. MerleFest is presented by Window World and scheduled for April 27-30, 2017.

This year will be the 30th celebration of this influential music festival that attracts over 75,000 participants every year. MerleFest has already announced over 75 artists for 2017, including Zac Brown Band with a very special acoustic set, Del McCoury Band, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Mountain Heart and many more. The rest of the lineup for MerleFest 2017 will be revealed over the next few months.

Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

headline photo: The Avett Brothers

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International Bluegrass Music Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The International Bluegrass Music Awards 2016 winners were revealed on Thursday, September 29. The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome and Becky Buller won multiple awards.

List of winners:

Entertainer of the Year
The Earls of Leicester

Female Vocalist of the Year
Becky Buller

Male Vocalist of the Year
Danny Paisley

Vocal Group of the Year
Flatt Lonesome

Instrumental Group of the Year
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Song of the Year
“You’re the One,” Flatt Lonesome

Album of the Year
Runaway Train, Flatt Lonesome

Flatt Lonesome - Runaway Train
Flatt Lonesome – Runaway Train

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
“All Dressed Up,” Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year
“Fireball,” Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown

Emerging Artist of the Year
Mountain Faith

Recorded Event of the Year
“Longneck Blues,” Junior Disk and Ronnie Bowman

Banjo Player of the Year
Charlie Cushman

Bass Player of the Year
Barry Bales

Dobro Player of the Year

Jerry Douglas

Fiddle Player of the Year
Becky Buller

Guitar Player of the Year
Bryan Sutton

Mandolin Player of the Year
Sierra Hull

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees

Clarence White
Rounder Records founders Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton-Levy and Bill Nowlin

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Bluegrass Unlimited magazine
Boston Bluegrass Union
Bill Emerson
Jim Rooney
SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction

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