Sierra Hull and ShadowGrass are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday June 23 at 7 p.m.!
Sierra Hull’s musical journey began at eight years old when she received a mandolin from her grandmother. Over the years, she branched out to guitar and vocals and found a mentor in Alison Krauss. Her path has included a deal with Rounder Records, touring with her band, Highway 111, developing her own songwriting perspective, and collaborating on albums by Rhonda Vincent, Mac Wiseman, and Brandon Heath. Hull’s third solo album, Weighted Mind, produced by Béla Fleck and featuring guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Ethan Jodziewicz, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens, was nominated for a Grammy Award as well as Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). She has been named Mandolin Player of the Year twice by the IBMA.
While blazing their own trail, the young members of ShadowGrass hold a deep reverence for the elder bluegrass legends who paved the way. Fast picking and fresh arrangements have earned the band numerous awards in regional competitions. With a professionalism beyond their years, the group has taken the stage at The Lincoln Theatre, the Historic Earle and Rex theaters, the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, HoustonFest, the Richmond Folk Festival, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and IBMA. The band, comprised of Presley Barker (guitar), Luke Morris (mandolin), Clay Russell (banjo), and Kyser George (bass), was chosen as a featured youth act for the IBMA World of Bluegrass event in 2016.