Sierra Hull & Highway 111 (#1607)

Rising young mandolin star Sierra Hull and her band perform at the 3rd annual International Newgrass Festival in 2011. A KET production.

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Sierra Hull began playing madolin at the ripe old age of 8, and by the time she was 10 this Tennessee talent had put out her own album, Angel Mountain. Not long after her parents starting taking her to bluegrass festivals, she caught the ear of a Rounder Records talent scout. And by age 11, she was being mentored by another bluegrass child prodigy, Alison Krauss. So as she enters her 20s, she is both a rising young star and something of a seasoned veteran. She has garnered both a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music and numerous award nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association. She has expanded her skills as a songwriter as well as a singer and instrumentalist--on her second Rounder album, Daybreak, released in 2011, she penned seven of the 21 songs. The members of Highway 111 are also talented young musicians with diverse musical interests and abilities. The group includes Jacob Eller on upright bass, Zach Gilmer on banjo and guitar, and Christian Ward on fiddle. Anyway you look at it, the road ahead looks bright for Sierra Hull.