Volume 53, Number 20

twenty four pages two sections

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 19, 2016

9th Annual Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival set for October 8th

This year's festival has been revamped with a day packed full of fun. The location has been moved to Downtown Byrdstown, at the old OshKosh Parking lot across from City Hall. Cruise on in at 12:00 p.m. when the gates open to a car show, and enjoy the band competition kicking off at 1:15. At 4:15 the DAV will begin the opening ceremony with The Hill Sisters performing “The National Anthem.” The star of our show, Sierra Hull & Hwy. 111 will take the stage at 4:30 and again at 7:30. In the meantime check out JC & Last Resort, featuring Sierra's brother Cody. We are also proud to boast Chris Scruggs, who will take the stage at 5:45; with a name like that need we say more? End the night with fireworks and I think you could call it a show!
Chris Scruggs, a Nashville native with a famous last name, son of Gail Davis and the grandson of Earl Scruggs, has been described by the Washington Post as "part John Lennon pop and part Mailton Brown western swing with a little bit of White Stripes edginess." Scruggs got his start as the frontman for BR549 and has continued to develop a style quiet his own.
Steeped in a musical upbringing and experiences, justice can only be done by experiencing this guitar slinger, singer and songwriter for yourself.
Since her last homecoming Sierra has earned a degree from Berklee College of Music, released her sophomore album Daybreak, with her first music video for Easy Come, Easy Go to boot. With a video for the track Daybreak soon to be released and two IBMA nominations, Sierra's talent continues to take her to new levels. In midst of so many accomplishments, what a homecoming this will be!

Band Stats
Jacob Eller - upright bass
Hometown - Chilhowie, VA
Noteworthy - The Crooked Road Tour
Christian Ward - fiddle
Hometown - Apple Valley, CA
Noteworthy - 2005 CMA Fan Fest with Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs
Zach Gilmer - banjo
Hometown - Ivy, VA
Noteworthy - Playing with Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain
Clay Hess - guitar & vocals
Hometown - Athens, OH
Noteworthy - Playing lead and rhythm guitar in Ricky Skaggs' band Kentucky Thunder. Recording with Skaggs on the grammy winning project "Soldier of the Cross".


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