Sierra Hull and Rick Hayes

Sierra Hull has showed up on Bluegrass Today quite a bit this past few weeks. First there was news about a new banjo player for her touring group, Highway 111, and then there’s her upcoming CD, Daybreak, due March 8 from Rounder.

We posted the first half of our recent interview with the talented Miss Hull last week, and will have the second part in the next few days.

Today’s item is a bit of inside baseball, involving her recent endorsement of Rick Hayes’ guitars. Sierra is noted primarily as a mandolinist, but she scalds the six string as well. Her regular guitarist, Clay Hess, has been using Rick’s guitars for some time, and it seems like the boss lady likes what she heard when she would grab Clay’s guitar when he switched to mandolin during their show.

Now Rick has built one for her, and she is delighted with it.

“I absolutely love my Hayes guitar! To be a brand new instrument, it has the big sound of an older guitar. These guys really know what they are doing – from the great sound they produce, to the beautiful detail and time they put into each one. I’m thrilled to say I play a Hayes guitar!”

You can find all the details about Rick’s guitars and mandolins at

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.