Season 3, Episode 5: Sierra Hull

Season Three of The JamBase Podcast continues with an interview with multi-talented mandolin player Sierra Hull. JamBase editor Andy Kahn recently caught up with Hull backstage at High Sierra Music Festival for an insightful “The Art Of The Sit-In” discussion.

After meeting at Blue Ox in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Kahn re-connected with Hull six days later at High Sierra in Quincy, California. The setting at HSMF was perfect for “The Art Of The Sit-In” given Hull’s role as artist-at-large and the many collaborations that entailed.

When the interview took place Hull had already appeared on various High Sierra stages with the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, Katie Pruitt and Eggy, and shortly after the chat she was onstage with frequent collaborators Cory Wong and the Del McCoury Band. Hull also sat-in with Steve Poltz and Neal Francis, participated in a songwriters workshop and stopped by a Grateful Dead tribute set. Hull pulled back the curtain on what it was like pulling off all of those sit-ins from both a performance and a technical perspective.

Hull also talked about collaborating with her friend and mentor Béla Fleck, with whom she is on tour with now. The interview also touched on challenging sit-ins, like a recent incident with The Fearless Flyers at Bonnaroo, the difference between sitting-in with bluegrass musicians and other types of performers and additional aspects related to live collaborations. Hull also discussed working on a new studio album, writing new music and much more.

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