Pandora introduced me to Sierra Hull sometime around 2013. It was an upbeat, fast paced bluegrass number from her debut album Secrets. I loved it, so I bought the album. I don’t think I ever listened to it all until after this show. The instrumentation was good but the vibe was… fluffy.
I like gritty bluegrass, music that reminds me of growing up in West Virginia, listening to my Dad play Bill Monroe on the tape deck in his car.
As an early birthday gift my wife’s parents bought us VIP tickets to the Piggin and Grinnin Bluegrass festival at Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC. They were excited to see Sierra perform and seeing how they’re musicians themselves with a similar taste as mine, I was eager to revisit Sierra’s music as well.
Nothing could have prepared me for what I heard. To say I enjoyed the show is a gross understatement. Great art should invoke an emotional response. The music she and Ethan created did more than that though, they were able to touch something deep inside me, something that made me question why I was having such a personal response.
I’ll speculate on those reasons another time. Until then, sit back and enjoy these photographs I made during the performance. And of course, go buy the album. If you enjoy great music, I’m confident you’ll enjoy this.
Sierra, Ethan, if you ever come across this, just know how much I enjoyed your performance and how much I continue to enjoy Weighted Mind.
Oh yeah, and thanks for letting me photograph your hands 🙂