Sierra Hull is in the studio again this month trying to finish up her third project for Rounder Records, which is expected to be released sometime in 2015. When discussing this record with Rounder’s Ken Irwin this summer, he suggested that she was “going in a little different direction,” and so it seems to be.
The remarkably gifted young musician and singer is working, with Béla Fleck producing, on a record with only her on mandolin and vocal, and Ethan Jodziewicz on bass. It will still focus on Sierra’s original songs, but in a new setting where her mandolin is the harmonic focus of the duo.
Hull tells us that Ethan was suggested by Béla, who received a recommendation from Edgar Meyer, with whom Jodziewicz studies at the at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She says he has been a perfect fit for this new approach to her music.
Sierra also says that working with Fleck has been a lot of fun, but it has likewise taught her a lot about discipline.
“I’ve learned so much about hard work and focus. I’m really looking forward to sharing this new music with everyone. It’s been a long time in the making.”
There’s no suggested release date yet from Rounder, as the recording isn’t quite done yet, and Sierra didn’t want to share too much before she finishes.
Suffice it to say that her legion of fans can look forward to a new musical adventure next year.