Sierra Hull’s Virtuoso Skills Were on Full Display At Palomino Fest REVIEW+PHOTOS: Sierra Hull at Palomino Festival 7/9/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… I forgot how much I loved a good banjo/mandolin jam…. until I was reminded how glorious they are by Sierra Hull.
There was a good year in my college days that I went on a Bela Fleck bender. Every since I found that Flight of the Cosmic Hippo CD at my university’s record store, spend hours on the weekend digging through record crates finding every Flecktones album I could find. That musical journey had me diving into bluegrass and I’ve got a nice collection of some quality vinyl on my shelf as a result.
This performance by Sierra Hull was my introduction to her and her music. As soon as I saw her strap on her mandolin, my curiosity piqued. As soon as I saw her fingers start to pluck away at those strings, my jaw dropped at her virtuoso skills. Mind blowing. I’m sure she could have played an entirely instrumental set, and the crowd would have been satisfied. This young lady’s mandolin skills are beyond reproach.
While I was gobsmacked by her mandolin skills, my festival coverage cohort, Max, pointed out that I should discount her vocal abilities as well. I couldn’t agree more. Her voice is no joke. There was something deceptively powerful in it, and as Max pointed out, her voice was “like getting knocked flat on your ass by the softest wind.” I don’t think I could have said it better. Just lovely …”