by Sierra HullSierra Hull


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There are lots of musicians on the bluegrass scene who play traditional, straight-ahead bluegrass, and some who combine it with elements of modern acoustic jazz and country music, but there are few who move back and forth from straight-ahead bluegrass to newgrass fusion with as much grace and as little obvious effort as Sierra Hull does. On her second album, she presents a program that includes seven original songs, and it's hard to know where to start in praising her: she has a voice as clear and carefully modulated as that of a young Alison Krauss; her songs are rooted in tradition but full of sly and subtle complications that will take any careful listener by delighted surprise, and her mandolin playing is a thrilling combination of sparkling precision and jazzy abandon. For acid-grass fans there's the rock-solid but creamily smooth "Don't Pick Me Up," a 1950s-style uptempo abandonment plaint; for those who miss the halcyon days of Grisman-Rice-styled New Acoustic Music, there's the brilliant instrumental "Bombshell" (listen to that mandolin solo, for crying out loud); and for those who think they have her pegged, there's a little slice of hot Western swing called "Best Buy." And everything else on the album falls somewhere along that bluegrass-newgrass-jazz spectrum, except for the title track, which is a stunningly pretty acoustic pop ballad. Not bad at all for a 19-year-old; in fact, it would have been a proud achievement for someone with 20 years in the business. It's hard to imagine how she'll top this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2011
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661065826
catalogNumber: 610658
Rank: 25140

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sierra Hull   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Octave Mandolin
Shawn Lane   Baritone (Vocal)
Barry Bales   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Block   Guitar
Ronnie Bowman   Tenor (Vocal)
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Randy Kohrs   Dobro,Weissenborn
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Hi String
Ron Stewart   Banjo
Clay Hess   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Jacob Eller   Bass
Cory Walker   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
Christian Ward   Fiddle
Dan Tymisnki   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Shawn Lane   Composer
Barry Bales   Producer
John Pennell   Composer
Brent Truitt   Engineer
Mary Anne Ballard   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Jewly Hight   Liner Notes
Sierra Hull   Composer,Producer
Brandon Bell   Engineer
Kevin McClung   Composer
Stephanie Krey   Stylistic Assistant
Stacy Hull   Composer
Gerald Ellnburg   Composer

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