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Sierra Hull Honored by the State of Tennessee

Sierra Hull Honored by the State of TennesseeNashville, TN -- This has been a banner week for Sierra Hull. The Grammy-nominated musician and composer started off the week by participating in a panel discussion about her career at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Leadership Bluegrass conference. For the past two years, the IBMA has named Hull its Mandolin Player of the Year at its annual awards show.

On Tuesday, March 6, Hull attended a preview of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum's new installation of American Currents. The exhibit chronicles the ever-evolving landscape that encompasses country, Americana, and bluegrass music. The "Class of 2017" is represented by artifacts from such artists as Hull, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Lori McKenna, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton, Margo Price, John Prine, Chris and Morgane Stapleton, and others. The show opens today, Friday, March 9 and runs through February 8, 2019.

"Tonight was a special night getting to see the newest "American Currents" exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I'm thrilled to share this with the lovely Molly Tuttle this year!" Hull said.

She reflects, "On a personal note, it makes me emotional to see my childhood mandolin strap in there. When I was about 8 or 9, my mom and dad made it for me from a purple "Girl Power" lanyard we found by cutting off the metal part, burning the ends with a lighter so the edges wouldn't ravel, then braiding some purple thread and sewing the end so it would fit over the scroll of the mandolin. The first time I met my hero Chris Thile he signed it. I wore it proudly 'til I eventually outgrew it! Thanks to the Hall for including me again for the 3rd year in a row! I still can't believe it."

Hull's achievements in the creative arts were celebrated at the Tennessee State Capitol on Wednesday, March 7. State Representative Kelly Keisling presented fellow Byrdstown native Hull with a proclamation recognizing the contributions she has made to the state of Tennessee through her music. As Hull accepted the proclamation, she delighted the assembled crowd with a brief performance of "Tennessee Waltz" and a rendition of "After You've Gone."

Hull remarked, "I feel very proud to be from Tennessee. In this part of the world, music is a way of life for so many people and I'm so blessed to have roots in a place with such a rich musical heritage. It's truly an honor to be recognized by the state and I owe a lot of gratitude to all the wonderful folks who have encouraged me for years in Byrdstown and Jamestown!"

Top photo, L to R: Representative John Mark Windle, Speaker Beth Harwell, Sierra Hull, Senator Ken Yager, and Representative Kelly Keisling.

Bottom photo: (Back Row L-R) Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley, Molly Tuttle, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Kyle Young, Dave Cobb, John Osborne and T.J. Osborne of musical duo Brothers Osborne and Shawn Camp, (Front Row L-R) Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of musical duo Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Sierra Hull, Randy Travis, Kane Brown and Chris Young attend Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum new exhibition American Currents: The Music of 2017 on March 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sierra Hull Honored, Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

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