Kenbridge, VA -- On Saturday, March 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM the Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment is pleased to present bluegrass music artist Sierra Hull and Highway 111 at the Kenbridge Community Center, 511 West 5th Avenue in Kenbridge, VA. Kenbridge is about 15 miles north of South Hill, just minutes off of I-85. Tickets are available through ticketstobuy.com, at select Benchmark Bank Locations, and at WSVS radio in Crewe, VA. Attached is a show poster with details. This concert is made possible with assistance from The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.
Sierra Hull first emerged on the bluegrass music scene several years ago as a mandolin playing "child prodigy." But the evidence of Sierra's uncommon maturity - both musical and personal - has been there all along, and has won her a legion of fans. By age 11 she had appeared with Alison Krauss on Grand Ole Opry and with Ricky Skaggs on the IBMA Fan Fest. By 12 she had attracted the interest of Rounder Records, and at 15 she recorded her first album, Secrets. Upon finishing high school, Sierra was offered the Berklee College of Music's most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician.
Today, Sierra Hull has truly arrived as one of bluegrass music's few full-fledged virtuosic instrumentalist/singer/songwriters. Her studio bands have featured the cream of the contemporary bluegrass crop, including Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs, and Bryan Sutton, alongside members of Sierra's own crack band Highway 111. Her latest recording, Daybreak, was named #4 in the Top 100 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 by the Roots Music Report. She's already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA's voting members having nominated her for five awards over three years. There's a good chance she'll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. But as a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and to give performances of broad cultural importance, as she's done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. Boundaries - age, genre or otherwise - don't hamper Sierra Hull. Matt Glaser, head of Berklee's American Roots Music Program, put it this way: "She has no limitations as a musician."
The Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment (VMRE) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Crewe, Virginia. The mission of the VMRE is to archive, sustain, and perpetuate roots-based American music, and to enhance public awareness of central Virginia's rich musical heritage. In addition, the VMRE partners with school systems in several counties, presenting special programs to educate students about music business. The VMRE has hosted concerts with some of the top names in acoustic music, including The Steep Canyon Rangers, Curly Seckler, Jesse McReynolds, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, Riders in the Sky, Missy Raines & the New Hip, and The Quebe Sisters Band. In 2012, the VMRE will expand its concert series to include several new and bigger venues!
The VMRE offices are currently housed at historic WSVS radio. WSVS 800 AM first went on the air in April of 1947. During the 1950s and '60s its programming included a mix of bluegrass, gospel, and traditional country music. Today WSVS stays true to that same format, while including the latest Americana artists as well. The station airs 3 hours of bluegrass each weekday, and features live bands on the High Noon Hoedown show on Saturdays. It broadcasts over the air at 800 AM (10,000 watts) and over the internet at: www.wsvsam.com
The Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment welcomes donations, which are tax deductible, and may be sent to: VMRE, PO Box 607, Crewe, VA 23930. For more information about the VMRE or for concert information, call: 434-645-7734. PLEASE VISIT OUR BRAND NEW WEB SITE at: www.vmre.org