Lonnie Knight will be performing an opening set for this show
Sierra Hull – vocals, mandolin
Jacob Eller – bass
Jake Stargel – guitar
Justin Moses – fiddle, banjo and dobro
Cory Walker – banjo
Bryan McDowell – fiddle
About Sierra Hull
Only in her early 20′s, Sierra Hull has already had an accomplished career since becoming a child prodigy of the Mandolin since releasing her first collection of music at age 10. The Tennessee native’s career progressed when she accepted a Presidential Scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music while in High School. Eventually, Alison Krauss took Hull under her wing and the two performed together with Dan Tyminski at the White House in 2011.
Signed to Rounder Records, Hull has released two CD’s, Secrets(2008) and Daybreak(2011), which found her coming into her own as a musician with astounding and mature results. Sierra’s new recording with Rounder Records is currently in production.
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A child prodigy by any definition, Sierra Hull began playing mandolin when she was eight years old after being given one as a gift by her grandmother, and a year later she started playing guitar as well. Born and raised in the small rural community of Byrdstown, TN, Hull was soon playing jam sessions with other musicians in her family, and by 2001 she was entering local talent contests. Mentored and befriended by Alison Krauss, herself once a child prodigy on the fiddle, Hull was soon astounding and delighting audiences on the bluegrass festival circuit with her inventive and fluid playing style. After self-releasing a CD, Angel Mountain, in 2002, Hull signed with Rounder Records when she was 13 years old, and the label wisely chose to let her develop at her own rate. A year later at 14 Hull had begun to sing on-stage as well, and her voice featured the same sort of refreshing clarity as her mandolin playing. Hull continued touring with her band, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, which included her brother Cody Hull on guitar, Cory Walker on banjo and Dobro, and John Fox on bass. Two years later in 2008, Hull saw Rounder issue a proper debut album, Secrets, which was co-produced by Krauss and Ron Block. The 19-year-old prodigy authored seven of the 12 songs on her 2011 sophomore release, Daybreak. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
About Lonnie Knight
Singer-songwriter Lonnie Knight may joke that “Legendary is just another way of saying ‘…been around a long time,’ ” but the lanky Minnesotan is one of those rare musicians who has truly earned the title Legendary. He got his start as a folkie, learning from the likes of Townes Van Zandt. Then he played in some of the Midwest’s seminal rock bands, including Jokers Wild, the Nielsen-White Band and the Hoopsnakes. His recent CDs Better Days (2005) and I Wrote My Name on You (2007) brought him back to his acoustic roots, and with his newest CD So We Jump (2010), his music is inspiring a whole new generation of fans.
Knight has long been known as a stellar guitar player – he’s won several Minnesota Music Awards for best guitarist – and his playing has been likened to Richard Thompson, Patty Larkin, Bert Jansch and Brooks Williams. But his great songwriting also comes to the fore in his recent releases, and his songs reveal a gifted artist getting a whole new creative wind.
He first picked up the guitar at the age of 12, and discovered it was something he was better than most at. He was working as a studio musician at Minneapolis’ Sound 80 Recording Studio and touring nationally on the Bitter End College Coffeehouse circuit when the late producer George Hanson (Leo Kottke, Art Resnick, Robin & Linda Williams) took a liking to his music and produced his first two albums, Family in the Wind and Song for a City Mouse.
In the 1980s, Knight joined up with acclaimed songwriter Mark Henley to form the Knight-Henley Band. They became producers for WrenSong Publishing in Nashville, and that led him to stints playing with Wild Horses and the Nielsen-White Band. The ‘90s saw Knight joining the famed Hoopsnakes, founded by Bruce McCabe. In the latter part of the decade, he signed with Aquarium Records, which released his CD Big Shoes in 1999 and Cain’s Blood in 2001. He moved to Mosquito Shoals Records in 2005, releasing Better Days, followed in 2007 by I Wrote My Name on You, and his latest release So We Jump, released in September 2010. His CDs are available at LonnieKnight.com, CDBaby.com, through Apple I-Tunes and many other physical and virtual locations throughout the world. Lonnie’s early albums Family in the Wind and Song for a City Mouse were recently remastered and released on CD in Asia, and his entire catalog of material with Jokers Wild has been remastered and released on CD and vinyl in Europe.
Currently Lonnie’s schedule includes solo performances, his duo with Reid Papke on bass, his quartet Mosquito Shoals (Reid Papke, Gary Haberman on percussion, featuring vocals from Laura Owen) and monthly shows with The Smokin’ Section. Lonnie toured Japan in 2013, and a second tour is being scheduled for October 2014. If that’s not enough, a new CD is in the works.
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“When he sings of ‘major truths in minor keys’… we know not only what he means, but how he feels.”
– critic Scott Alarik