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      December 6, 2019

      Friday   7:00 PM

      209 E Washington St
      Bloomington, Illinois 61701

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      Sierra Hull

      with 10 String Symphony
      Sierra Hull, the singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13 and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, released 'Weighted Mind,' her first new album in five years, on January 29, 2016.15-time Grammy winner Bla Fleck produced the recording, which features eleven compelling new compositions written or co-written by Hull, and one traditional tune for which she and Fleck provided a new arrangement. While Hulls ethereal voice and fluid playing take center stage here, she receives ample support from bass marvel Ethan Jodziewicz. Bla Flecks banjo adorns the elegant Queen of Hearts/Royal Tea, and Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens add enchanting harmonies.Though she is best known for her work as a mandolin player, Hull reveals in these songs her abundant gifts as a composer and lyricist. Themes of loss and restoration run through the album, starting with the muscular opening number, Stranded, and continue on the stirring Compass, on which she declares, Ive thrown away my compass, done with the chart... Ill just step out, throw my doubt into the sea, for whats meant to be will be. The gentle, dissonant title track ponders existential questions, while the haunting Birthday and Fallen Man offer somber reflections on strained relationships and impossible choices. The album closes on an optimistic note, with the sweetly assertive Ill Be Fine, and the uplifting, philosophical closer, Black River. Fleck, Giddens, Krauss, and Washburn all guest on this track, on which Hull reflects, A thousand years is but a day, and maybe in a thousand years, Ill find my way.

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