By Rounder Records
February 12, 2008 - 10:00 am
Burlington, Mass. — Rounder Records is proud to announce the release of Secrets, the national debut album by 16-year old mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull.
Due May 6, Secrets is a remarkably mature album that balances hard-driving bluegrass with thoughtful, moving ballads.
At the age of eight, Hull became an adored and respected young picker in bluegrass circles. At the tender age of 11, Hull made her Grand Ole Opry debut, when she was invited to play with her heroine, Alison Krauss.
Since then, Hull has competed in and won numerous mandolin and guitar championships, showcased at The International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass, and was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour, which included an all-star bluegrass lineup (with Krauss, Ralph Stanley, and others), that performed songs from the soundtracks of O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain.
Hull also hosts her own bluegrass festival (The Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival) in her hometown of Byrdsville, Tennessee.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007, Secrets was co-produced by Hull and Ron Block (Union Station) and features Block, Dan Tyminski, Barry Bales, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Tony Rice, Jim VanCleve, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, and 17-year-old banjo whiz Cory Walker (who is in Sierra's band, Highway 111).
The album includes 13 tracks, three of which were written or co-written by Hull. "It's amazing to listen to her precision and agility at the young age of 16. If that isn't enough, check out her guitar playing on 'Hullarious' and the excellence of the self-written composition," says fellow mandolinist Sam Bush.
"Sierra's vocals are effortless and straight to the point, while keeping the focus on melody. Her mandolin playing is smooth, in time, and downright slippery. This CD is HULLACIOUS!"
From Now On
Two Winding Rails
Everybody's Somebody's Fool
If You Can Tame My Heart
That's All I Can Say
The Hard Way
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Only My Heart
Trust and Obey
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