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November 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm
THE AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE LINDA PRESENTS: SIERRA HULL
Hosted by songwriter, roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist MichaelEck
Sierra Hull has been recognized as a virtuoso mandolin-player from the time when Allison Krauss called her to the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 11. Astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike, she is now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, and is delivering her most inspired, accomplished, and mature work to date. Hull a tone-true vocalist, and a recording artist of high order has made three acclaimed albums, played the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and she became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music.
Hulls challenging and sensitive sound speaks eloquently, with heartfelt vocals, and groundbreaking mandolin. Her trio, comprised of mandolin, bass, and vocals, is genre-transcending music at its best. Sierra Hull joins the rarefied company of the likes of Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins who have moved from a traditional bluegrass sound into postmodern singer-songwriter territory and beyond.
Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck is a respected songwriter; a nationally exhibited painter; and an award-winning cultural critic and freelance writer. He is also a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Berkshire Ramblers and the Frank Jaklitsch Trio.
“Somewhere between lovelorn cowpoke and sardonic folkster is nose-pierced Albany NY dad Michael Eck, whose sharp lyrics and quick-witted guitar reflect all over like a broken mirror and shine with liberation like a tossed-aside wedding ring.” Natasha Stovall, The Village Voice
The American Roots Series at The Linda presents programs showcasing this intimate and tradition-rich musical phenomenon, and is made possible by the support of the New York Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.