Sierra Hull Lowell-fest video

Sierra Hull - photo from the Boston HeraldWhen Sierra Hull was performing at the Lowell Folk Festival just north of Boston, Massachusetts, she did an interview with Kathleen Pierce of the Lowell Sun.

The article, which ran on July 31, discussed a number of topics, including her upcoming move to the area to attend college.

Between filling the air in sets at Boarding House Park and JFK Plaza with the prettiest shade of bluegrass, the petite up-and-comer let out a pretty, little secret.

“I’m going to Berklee on a full scholarship.”

Not even John Mayer or Aimee Mann could drop this bomb a month after graduating from high school. It seems the mandolin player from Byrdstown, Tenn., is living up to her Alison Krauss comparison, maybe even on her way to surpassing Bill Monroe’s protege, who took Hull on stage at the Grand Ole Opry six years ago.

“Of course I’m flattered by the compliment, but I am my own person,” she says moments before taking the stage at Boarding House Park Friday night.

Pierce also speaks with Clay Hess, who plays guitar with Hull’s band, and Christian Ward who is on fiddle. You can read the full piece online.

The article also includes an online video with both bits of the interview, and clips of Sierra and Highway 111 on stage at Lowell, also created by Kathleen Pierce.

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