Music City Roots has released a number of videos from their special bluegrass episode last week.
The show was held in conjunction with the announcement of the 2015 IBMA Awards nominees earlier in the day on August 12, and featured live performances from Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Sierra Hull, The Gibson Brothers, and The Travelin’ McCourys.
MCR has posted one song each from each artist on their YouTube channel, along with previous selections from programs offering their trademark blend of alternative country and Americana acts.
Here’s one of the four new ones, showcasing Sierra Hull and her new sound, with Justin Moses on banjo and Ethan Jodziewicz on bass. It’s her arrangement of the folk song classic, Queen Of Hearts, paired with a tune of hers called Royal Tea.
Sierra tells us that she learned Queen Of Hearts from an old Joan Baez record, though she changed it from a slower ballad to give the song more of a gypsy jazz feel. Royal Tea is one she wrote about six years ago but hadn’t found a place for until recently.
This arrangement will be included on Sierra’s upcoming Rounder CD, expected early next year.