Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and her Tennessee-based bluegrass quintet Highway 111 at Next Stage on Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm.
Sierra Hull is a leading light in the new generation of bluegrass musicians. Her phenomenal mandolin playing, eloquent vocals and musical maturity well beyond her years have drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss. A seasoned performer, Sierra has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, as well as at numerous music festivals including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series. She has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby McFerrin and Edgar Meyer.
The 23 year-old, Byrdstown, TN native began playing the mandolin at age eight, and quickly became known on the national scene for her fluid, inventive picking, winning several mandolin and guitar championships. Mentored and befriended by Alison Krauss, herself once a child prodigy on the fiddle, Sierra self-released a CD “Angel Mountain” in 2002 and later signed with Rounder Records. By age 14, Sierra had begun to sing onstage, and in 2008, she released “Secrets,” her national debut CD on Rounder Records, which is co-produced by Krauss and features bluegrass superstars Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, Stuart Duncan and Tony Rice. Sierra’s latest CD “Daybreak” showcases one of bluegrass’ few full-fledged virtuosic instrumentalist/singer/songwriters, with fleet-fingered mandolin playing, heartfelt and powerful singing and seven original songs.
“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” – Alison Krauss
“Every so often, a talent comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. That time is now for Sierra Hull.” – Sam Bush
“A prodigy” – The Boston Globe
Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert. For more information, visit www.sierrahull.com, www.nextstagearts.org and www.twilightmusic.org.