Sierra Hull pushes the boundaries of bluegrass with ‘Black River’

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, it was only right to present an artist who marked the history of the show in an unprecedented way. At age 11, Sierra Hull found herself on the legendary stage alongside Alison Krauss and Union Station. More than a decade later, she once again surrounded herself with the best musicians in bluegrass to create her third album on Rounder records, Weighted Mind.

It’s been five years since we heard new music from Sierra Hull, time that she spent broadening her musical horizons and maturing her sound at Berklee College of Music, upon receiving the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. The result of this artistic evolution: a modernized roots identity that combines bluegrass, Americana and even an element of country pop.

This sound, we discover it on the album’s first single, ‘Black River’, a poetic ballad where uplifting lyrics meet a melancholic instrumentation. With the help of Béla Fleck on production and banjo, and Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens on harmonies, Sierra Hull sings her transformation – both as a musician and a woman.

“A thousand years is but a day, they say and maybe in a thousand more I will find my way”

Hull wrote or co-wrote all the songs of her upcoming album, affirming her lyrical talent and taking her independence from the “child prodigy” label she had been bearing all those years.

With ‘Black River’, the singer and mandolinist reveals her songwriting virtuosity and pushes the boundaries of bluegrass. An elegant song that can only announce a stunning album, expected for January 29, 2016.

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