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Common Ground on the Hill Presents Sierra Hull and Highway 111 in Concert November 5th

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Sierra HullWestminster, MD: Common Ground on the Hill presents renowned bluegrass music artist Sierra Hull & Highway 111, in concert at 8 p.m on Saturday, November 5th, at the Carroll Arts Center (91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157). General admission tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors over 65 and those 19 and younger, children 12 and younger get in free. To purchase by phone call Common Ground on the Hill at 410-857-2771. To order online visit the Common Ground on the Hill Concert Tickets List. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

In an age where music is defined by age group, Sierra Hull is a wonder. Her music career started in her teens and is still going strong. Many contemporary young musicians in today's day and age will meet success with the adolescent audience before losing touch with that generation and floundering for success. Yet Sierra Hull is different.

She recorded her first album when she was 15 and released it when she was 16. From the first listen, it was apparent that Secrets was on a different level than other albums that were released by artists of a similar age. Her album was mature, fresh and sensible. Though she was just a kid, it was clear that her music was not meant for the ears' of children. Sierra was talented and the music world took notice.

By age 11, Alison Krauss had already called; by 12, Rounder was expressing interest; Ron Block and Barry Bales have served as co-producers, and her studio bands have featured the biggest names in contemporary bluegrass - Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs and Bryan Sutton alongside members of Sierra's own crack band Highway 111. She attended Boston's Berklee College of Music where she was awarded the school's most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician; her choice to accept it, to delay her dream of hitting the road full-time after high school in favor of expanding her musical world view, was hardly a light one.

This decision shows her incredible resolve and foresight, a quality that is often missing in today's generation. The "mature child prodigy" label was not always meant for Sierra, however. In her latest album, Daybreak, Sierra shed the label and emerged as one of the genre's most recognizable vocalists and mandolin players. She already holds an impressive following that she will only continue to add to, and is an icon in the making.

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