On Friday, February 28, Sierra Hull will release 25 Trips, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to her groundbreaking Grammy®-nominated 2016 album Weighted Mind. Co-produced by Hull and producer/engineer Shani Gandhi (The Mountain Goats, Sara Watkins, Dwight Yoakam), 25 Trips continues the musical journey begun on Weighted Mind, a body of work that built off Hull’s bluegrass roots and ventured into entirely new terrain.
But while its predecessor assumed a sparse and stripped-back palette, 25 Trips embodies a far more intricately arranged sound — an effect achieved with the help of peers like guitarist Mike Seal, bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, violinist Alex Hargreaves, and fiddler Christian Sedelmyer, as well as several musicians that Hull has long admired (including bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarist Bryan Sutton, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan, and steel guitarist Paul Franklin). Other guests who grace the album with their presence include Molly Tuttle, Ron Block, Mindy Smith, Ronnie Bowman, Katie Pruitt, Angel Snow, and Hull’s husband, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses.
Along with integrating electric instrumentation and percussion into her material for the first time, Hull dreamed up the album’s eclectic textures by embracing a free-flowing process that often gave way to lightning-in-a-bottle improvisation.
25 Trips lures the listener into its unpredictable sonic world on the beguiling opening track “Beautifully Out of Place.” Although much of the album bears a rich complexity, 25 Trips also includes moments of stark simplicity that perfectly showcase Hull’s stunning vocal range.
On “Everybody’s Talking,” her luminous vocals quietly capture the frustration of finding clarity in the midst of constant chatter from the outside world. And on “Ceiling to the Floor”– co-written with Kai Welch, a songwriter/musician known for his work with Glen Campbell and Abigail Washburn — Hull spins a tender metaphor from her longtime fear of heights. Featuring a performance from legendary steel-guitar player Paul Franklin, “Ceiling to the Floor” drifts from memory to real-time reflection, slowly unfolding as a nuanced meditation on courage and love.
One of the most unexpected turns on 25 Trips, “Escape,” penned with singer/songwriter Angel Snow, emerges as a delicate collage of hypnotic percussion, otherworldly electric-mandolin tones, and poetic yet plainspoken lyrics.
In closing out the album, Hull shares an especially poignant track titled “Father Time.” With its heavy-hearted melody and choir-like harmonies, “Father Time” shows Hull’s effortless finesse in embedding her music with so many subtle details.
25 Trips Track Listing:
Beautifully Out Of Place
Middle Of The Woods
Ceiling To The Floor
The Last Minute
2/1- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall -Glasgow, SCT
2/13- Troy Savings bank Music Hall -Troy, NY
2/13- The Music Center at Strathmore -North Bethesda, MD
2/14- Colonial Theatre -Phoenixville, PA
2/15- Carnegie Lecture Hall -Pittsburgh PA
2/16- State Theatre -State College PA
2/20- Palace Theatre -Crossville, TN
2/21- Newberry Opera House -Newberry, SC
2/27- Old Town School of Folk Music -Chicago, IL
2/28- Stoughton Opera House -Stoughton, WI
2/29- Castle Theatre -Bloomington, IL
3/12- Tennessee Theatre -Knoxville, TN
3/13- Taft Theatre -Cincinnati, OH
3/14- Brown Theatre -Louisville, KY
3/20- Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center -Auburn AL
3/23- Lyric Theatre -Stuart, FL
3/29- Boulder Theater -Boulder, CO
4/1- Vilar Performing Arts Center -Beaver Creek, CO
4/3- Egyptian Theatre -Park City, UT
4/4- Egyptian Theatre -Park City, UT
4/5- Egyptian Theatre -Park City, UT
4/9- Sisters High School -Sisters, OR
4/10- Kirkland Performing Arts Center -Kirkland, WA
4/14- The Center for the Arts -Grass Valley, CA
4/17- Yucaipa Performing Arts Center -Yucaipa, CA
4/18- Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts -Whittier, CA
4/20- MIM Musical Instrument Museum -Phoenix, AZ
4/21- ArtPower -San Diego, CA