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Sierra Hull Tops Billboard Bluegrass Chart for 3rd Consecutive Week

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Sierra Hull - Weighted MindNashville, TN -- Singer-songwriter Sierra Hull’s “stunning coming of age album” (NPR Music) has topped Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart for the third consecutive week. The album, which was released January 29, was produced by Grammy-winning musician and composer Béla Fleck, and features guest appearances by Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Krauss, and Abigail Washburn.

Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

Weighted Mind is nothing like what we thought it would be. It is nothing like what we’ve heard before, from anyone. It is singular and emphatic, harmonious and dissonant. It is the realization of promise, and the affirmation of individuality. It is born of difficulty and indecision, yet it rings with ease, decisiveness, and beauty.

“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved,” says Bela Fleck, the genre-leaping banjo master who produced Weighted Mind. “And now her vocals and songwriting have matured to the level of her virtuosity.”

Hull and bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, along with multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses, are currently in the midst of a national tour, which kicked off in Nashville at the end of January with an almost non-stop run, with multiple sold-out shows up and down the east coast. She has announced a series of new dates, including shows in St. Louis, Denver, Los Angeles, Berkeley, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

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