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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 05:42 PM

I first posted about Sierra about a year ago with the following,

I have known Sierra Hull for about five years now. Out of the Dale Hollow area of Kentucky, she has been a great musician from a young age. But, she is known for her mandolin playing. When Alison Krauss and Union Station and Jerry Douglas brought her onto the Grand Ole Opry a couple of years ago, it was for her mandolin work. Apparently, however, she has been working on her guitar picking. This is unreal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNpVvDXktQY


Here is the latest;

Sierra Hull finally has a new album out and it is full of sweet, and tasteful bluegrass and newgrass tunes. And, she also throws down two rocking instrumentals reminding us that there are 16-year olds out there that aren't a novelty act in any way, but can flat out play circles around a lot of us 'older' folks (as the original smoking youtube video of Sierra on guitar above proves). there is other Sierra news as well, about the new album, and her landing a role in the upcming movie about Billy Graham's younger years. Below,

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http://www.sierrahull.com

It is rare that a young musician will take that spark of wonder that first inspired them to cradle an instrument and cultivate it to the point of full-blown virtuosity. Rarer still is for that virtuosity to emerge as just one facet of a well-rounded musical intelligence. Only sixteen years old as of this writing, Sierra Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. Hull 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.

While there is no shortage of hot picking on Secrets, what is more astonishing is Hull’s overall musicianship: she never overplays, never overwhelms the emotion at the core of the song, and is committed to a creating a band sound greater than the sum of its parts. Hull has developed into an exquisite vocalist since first starting to sing publicly two years ago, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composes Secrets. Working closely with co-producer Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station), Sierra’s vocal performances are disarmingly tender and eloquent, yet delivered with the confidence and honesty necessary to cut through a top-notch bluegrass ensemble. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are 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 remarkably hard-driving seventeen-year-old banjo phenom Cory Walker, who has already played alongside Sierra for several years.

Articulate and engaging on-stage and off, Hull has already emerged as a leading light in a new generation of bluegrass musicians. She 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 bluegrass legends such as Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart and Ricky Skaggs. Her talent and charisma never fails to awe even the most seasoned veterans. “It’s amazing to listen to her precision and agility, and the potential for musical growth is tremendous,” Bush raves in the liner notes to Secrets. “I can’t wait to hear what Sierra comes up with next.”

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.

Sierra has been exceptionally busy over the past two years, winning over a wide range of audiences via extensive festival appearances (including Merlefest and Rockygrass in 2007), numerous performances at the IBMA conventions in both 2006 and 2007, as well as IBMA-sponsored workshops and teen showcases. In addition, her state senator invited Sierra to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at the 2006 Gold Star Mother’s Day tribute. She was also privileged to participate in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Honors & Awards show honoring Alison Krauss. She also co-hosted (again with Ryan Holladay) and performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series held in the renowned Isaac Stern Hall, and in February 2008 joined Ron Block, Bobby McFerrin, and Edgar Meyer – after which the New York Sun praised her in print as a “wonderfully adapt” mandolin player and “a lovely singer.”

Secrets (to be released on May 6 on Rounder Records) promises to spread word of her formidable talents throughout the bluegrass community and beyond. Though she self-released an enchanting instrumental CD, Angel Mountain, in 2002, Secrets reflects a staggering amount of growth over the six years that separate the two projects. “What I’ve seen in Sierra over the months of working on Secrets is a passion for music in general – and specifically for bluegrass,” reflects 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.”

Despite the praise and acclaim that swirls around her, Sierra Hull remains humble, down to earth, and gracious. It is this good nature that has already endeared her to so many and continues to charm and impress all who come into contact with her. “Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being,” says Alison Krauss. “Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.”

“…displayed instrumental dexterity far beyond her years…”
– Michael Parrish, Chicago Tribune

“Sierra Hull is without doubt my favorite mandolin player! Her approach to building solos and working in all situations, both on vocal numbers and instrumentals, is SO far beyond her years that I constantly stand amazed. It’s always good to hear fresh young players with a hunger to pick and create good music, and I am convinced that Sierra Hull is going to be a player and singer that we’ll all be listening to and trying to emulate for years and years. If you’re a mandolin player and haven’t listened to Sierra, you are in for a TREAT. Get your mando out and prepare to rip off as many licks as you can figure out. I know I am! She’s a true inspiration and an even better person!!! I’m so glad I can call her my friend and you’re going to LOVE this recording.”
– Adam Steffey of the Dan Tyminski Band and formerly of Mountain Heart and Union Station.

“On the mandolin, she is wonderfully adept - unshowy and musical. And she is a lovely singer…pure and unaffected. Indeed, her whole personality [is] that way.”
– Jay Nordlinger, New York Sun

“With Secrets, Sierra Hull takes charge and leads the band with full authority. Her vocals are effortless and straight to the point, while keeping the focus on melody. Her mandolin playing is smooth, in time, and downright slippery. It’s amazing to listen to her precision and agility, and the potential for musical growth is tremendous. I can’t wait to hear what Sierra comes up with next. Every so often, a talent comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. That time is now for Sierra Hull. This CD is HULLACIOUS!!!”
– Sam Bush

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Sierra Lands Role as Billy Grahams Sister in New Film - 3/30/08March 30, 2008FROM - THE TENNESSEAN
www.tennessean.com

Teen Lands Role as Billy Graham's Sister in New Film
BY BEVERLY KEEL • MARCH 30, 2008


That's the lesson we've learned from 16-year-old Sierra Hull, who landed the part of the Rev. Billy Graham's sister, Catherine, in the movie about him that's being shot here in Nashville.

In February, I ran a column announcing that a movie on a young Billy Graham would be shot in Middle Tennessee. In that column, music supervisor Anastasia Brown said she was looking for a young girl with a voice like Alison Krauss. I asked people who knew of interested girls to send me packages containing photos and CDs. I received several armfuls of packages that I forwarded to Anastasia.

Claire Armbruster of Nashville's Keith Case & Associates saw the item and immediately thought of one of her firm's clients, Sierra, who lives in Byrdstown, Tenn. Sierra will release her debut for Rounder Records, an album called Secrets, in May.

"I sent it in without (Sierra) knowing," Claire says. "When I read what Anastasia said about needing an 11- or 12-year-old that sounded like Alison Krauss, I thought of Sierra, even though she's 16, because she's so petite. They do miracles in the movies.

"About a week later, Anastasia called and said Sierra was her number one pick."

Anastasia says, "She was the one that had the exact voice I was hearing in my head for this really important role. Director Robby Benson fell in love with her voice as well.

"I called and told her my vision and that I loved her voice. I said, 'Would you be willing to do this for the movie?' She said, 'Yes, ma'am, I sure would.' "

On Thursday, Sierra recorded "Just As I Am" and "I'll Fly Away" with producer John Carter Cash at his famed log cabin studio in Hendersonville. Participating in the sessions were top-notch musicians Randy Scruggs, Harry Stinson, John Cowan, Ronnie McCoury, Ronnie Bowman, Sarah Peasall and John Wesley Ryles. "Robbie and I were in the studio, and both of us got goosebumps about 10 times. We kept on showing each other our goosebumps," Anastasia says.

" 'Just As I Am' was being sung when Billy had his conversion and walked the sawdust trail to the altar," Anastasia says. "Her voice will be extremely highlighted during this climax of the film."

Many of the actors appearing in Billy: The Early Years are expected to arrive in Nashville today. Armie Hammer has been cast as the famed preacher. Armie, the great-grandson of industrialist/philanthropist Armand Hammer, is also slated to play Batman in George Miller's Justice League of America. He has appeared in Desperate Housewives, Veronica Mars, Flicka and Blackout.

Martin Landau will play Billy's mentor, Charles Templeton, in a role that was originally to have been played by Hal Holbrook. The movie also will feature Lindsay Wagner, Jennifer O'Neill and Stephanie Butler. The actors will meet to read the script on Monday and filming starts Wednesday. Nashville-based Ruckus Films is a production partner in the film.







[Edited on 4/1/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 05:46 PM
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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:14 PM
Yowza! This is one talented young lady! Her fingers were moving so fast in this clip I got dizzy. Went out to the net to look at info on her and found some YouTubes where she performs with Allison Krauss and she looks to be only about 9 or so at the time.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 08:59 PM
Been aware of Sierra for several years, around my house we call folks like her "freaks", with affection. She has all the skills to do what she wants & I hope she gets to do that.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 09:28 PM
She is smokin'...
 
 


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