Smart bets: Sierra Hull

The word “prodigy” should be used with restraint, but in the case of Sierra Hull, it’s warranted. Given a mandolin at 8, the native of rural Byrdstown, Tenn., was soon plucking the strings with exceptional deftness at familial jam sessions. By 11, she was astounding audiences onstage, eventually incorporating her crystalline voice and lyrics into her music. Renowned for her fluid, innovative playing style, Hull’s bluegrass rings with talent and wisdom beyond her age (she’s now in her mid-20s). After an educational hiatus, Hull released her third album, Weighted Mind, in January. Featuring masters Ethan Jodziewicz, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens, Weighted Mind is being touted as a landmark achievement. Brevard listening room 185 King Street hosts “An Intimate Evening with Sierra Hull” on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. $23/$18 members. Photo courtesy of Hull

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Writer scribbling away in the shaky lines of the mountains.

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