Mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull performs on Jubilee, recorded live at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.
North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range performs on Jubilee, recorded live at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.
On the next edition of Jubilee, recorded live at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville, two acts take the stage: mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range. The program premieres Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11/10 p.m. on KET2.
Considered one of the top young mandolin players in bluegrass today, Sierra Hull calls her mandolin performances “playing with a point to prove” and her singing as “doing the songs justice.”
When Hull, native of Byrdstown, Tenn., was 11 years old, bluegrass legend Alison Krauss called her with an invitation to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. At the age of 13, Hull was signed to Rounder Records, and she released her debut album, Secrets, just three years later at the age of 16. Over three years, she has been nominated for five IBMA awards, and Berklee College of Music in Boston awarded her its Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician.
Balsam Range, made up of five acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina, got its name from the mountain range where the Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Mountains. The band was nominated for the IBMA emerging artist of the year award in 2010 and 2011, and in 2011, it won the IBMA song of the year award for “Trains I Missed.”
After airing, each episode is available to watch at www.KET.org/jubilee
Jubilee is a KET production. Nick Helton is the producer/director and Teresa Day is the executive producer.
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