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A good chunk of popular music’s real estate has been carved up along lines of age these last half-dozen decades, and we’re used to seeing young musicians aim exclusively for young audiences then flounder as they outgrow teenaged listeners’ tastes and concerns. Pan-generational mentoring and mingling has done much to insulate bluegrass from this coming-of-age quandary. Still, ... Read more in Amazon's Sierra Hull Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0014VPFIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the sound of this first effort, she's that good.
Paul L. Laclair
I love every one of the songs on this CD and the more I listen to it, the better I like it.
C. Straub
Her instrumental talents and voice will amaze a wide variety of listeners.
Robert J. Heidemann

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Glenn M. Schoditsch on May 30, 2008
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I had the great fortune to see Sierra Hull back in 2007. There she was on stage with the Mark Newton Band, stage set about 50 feet from the RF&P railroad tracks in Ashland, VA. Her name wasn't listed in the program but leader Mark Newton kept mentioning her name and the long drive to Byrdstown, TN as Sierra had to be in school the next day.

There I sat in my lawn chair, about 20 feet away from the stage watching this beautiful young woman display her mastery of the mandolin along with delightful vocals. To hear her pleasurable voice is most enjoyable but to watch her fingers fly on her mandolin is a sight to behold!

Again I had the fortune to see Sierra in Richmond in 2009. This time she & her band were second billed to "The Grascals". 'Grascals' Jamie Johnson stated that before long everyone will be in line for Sierra Hull's autograph. I now have an autographed copy of "Secrets". She is a sweet, delightful young lady, even saying "nice to see you again" to me after mentioning that 2007 gig.

As a Berklee School of Music graduate, Sierra Hull is well on her way to developing her prodigal abilities to stardom; very much like her mentor Alison Krauss. As for her recording Secrets, all songs are pleasing, if maybe youthful work in progress. I find her efforts on the songs "Pretend" and "The Hard Way" most gratifying. The last song, "Trust and Obey" is a spiritual offering that will truly touch your heart.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 14, 2008
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Prime Cuts: Trust and Obey, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, The Hard Way

Sierra Hull is destined to make bluegrass cool again. Merely only 16 years-old, "Secrets" hits the high water mark in terms of debut CDs with Hull's impeccably pure angelic sound that calls to mind a young Alison Krauss. In fact Krauss presence is felt right through the disc: namely because this debut effort is helmed by Union Station's Ron Block together with Hull. Hopefully with her clout with Rounder Records (also Krauss' recording home), this will stream in the success Hull deserves. An austere line of Who's Who in bluegrass forms the band backup including Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Stuart Duncan, Ron Ickes AND Mountain Heart's Jim Van Cleve. Unfaultable also is Hull's mandolin licks; while teenagers her age are into the latest hip hop beeps and whistles Hull's constant love is playing her rustic string instruments. And when she plays conterminous with these bluegrass greats, she sounds like a peer.

Most importantly, it is still the songs that shine. While many bluegrass outputs veer on the technical virtuoso of exceptional playing made at the expense at the quality of the songs, this is not the case here. Opener and title cut "Secrets" is a prime example of an introspective glance into "the secret passions" of Hull's heart that s made even more bittersweet with the delicate mandolin lines. Hull has a hand in the composing "Pretend," a paean of unrequited love told with a diary-like frankness. And despite the incessant fiddle licks to mask the pain, Hull's expressive vocals could not hide the influx of feelings of pain.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William a Bourne on May 8, 2008
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If you are like me and mourning that Alison Krauss has hooked up with Robert Plant this year (I know it is a multi platinum album/cd) Sierra Hull can help you survive through this period. Whereas, Alison plays the "fiddle" Sierra plays Bill Monroe's instrument of choice - Mandolin.
Yes she is only 16 years old and her voice will mature with age and experience but if Alison doesn't come back to Union Station, Sierra could fill that role very well. In fact on the various songs are members of Union Station contributing their talents. To paraphase Randy Jackson, Sierra you are the "BOMB" With Sierra being the next generation of "bluegrass" artists, Bill Monroe can rest easy that his baby - Bluegrass music is in very capable hands. Bluegrass music fans, this should be in your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wallin on July 6, 2008
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I never considered myself a fan of Bluegrass as a genre but it has slowly crept into my collection. Sierra's album has definitely won a place there. Her talents are revealed through this album. Every track is delightful -- hard to pick a favorite!
I would recommend this album to anyone who loves music. She will reach out with her mandolin and touch your soul. A lovely young woman with a lovely voice--can't wait to hear more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Falcone on December 15, 2008
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Sierra Hull's album Secrets is the musical equivalent of slipping someone a mickey. You see the fresh-faced girl on the cover, clutching her mandolin for dear life, and think 'Oh yeah, I know what this is about.' She launches into the title track, singing as beautifully as you expected. But then she starts trading mandolin licks with Jerry Douglas, giving the performance of his life on the dobro. On the second cut, From Now On, she does it again, but this time with fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan and banjo honcho Cory Walker. At this point, your mouth opens, your jaw hits the floor, and you realize: oh no, oh my; I am in WAY over my head here.

Secrets is an album of voices, both human and musical. Sierra's capable voice is undeniably that of a 16-year-old. However, the credits reveal that other voices, including Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, and Clay Hess, are present. These are not harmony vocals; they are an octave down, and have been mixed so subtly as to add extra timbre to Sierra's voice where needed. Every vocal passage is immediately answered by an instrument, sometimes multiple instruments in counterpoint, weaving scintillating, kaleidoscopic patterns of sound. There are dozens of fiery instrumental solos, but they have been so tightly, seamlessly integrated into the ensemble that it leaves the music teetering on a desperate knife edge between passion and restraint.

It is difficult to fathom the generosity of spirit which led the cadre of superstar musicians featured and quoted in Secrets to welcome Sierra Hull as their musical peer. But that spirit pervades the album, and probably contributed to the extraordinary performances found in it. In terms of instrumentation, it is traditional bluegrass.
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