DOWN HOME CONCERT
Sierra Hull and Justin Moses perform a rare, acoustic duo set in the intimate AJ Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Joseph Decosimo opens the show with a set of tunes from his new record “While You Were Slumbering” released on Sleepy Cat Records.
Sierra Hull’s career started early. That is, if you consider a Grand Ole Opry debut at age 10 to be early. She played Carnegie Hall at 12; at 13 signed with Rounder Records and issued her debut, Secrets, and garnered the first of many nominations for Mandolin Player of the Year. She played the Kennedy Center at 16 and the next year became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. As a 20-year-old, Hull played the White House. By 2016, Hull had reached a more mature place in her life and in her art. She tapped legendary bluegrass musician Bela Fleck to produce her third album, Weighted Mind. A departure from her opening pair of records that blended progressive elements with traditional structure, Hull let go of whatever preconceptions existed- both hers and those of her audience- and birthed a Grammy- nominated masterpiece. Through it all, Hull has maintained a rigorous touring schedule. Even when off the road, she is frequently guesting with friends and legends, joining such icons as the Indigo Girls, Garth Brooks, and Gillian Welch, and performing at the Country Music Awards with Ricky Skaggs, Brad Paisley, and Marty Stuart.
Justin Moses has become known as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in acoustic music. He has been awarded Dobro Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association three times, and has become a prominent Nashville session player. Moses began his musical journey at the age of six after becoming interested in the mandolin. He soon developed a lasting passion for making music. He started to hone his skills playing in his family’s band as a child. Since then, he’s toured with bands such as Blue Moon Rising, Newfound Road, Band of Ruhks, The Dan Tyminski Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. In his two-year stint with Tyminski, he realized an early dream of playing the Grand Ole Opry for the first time and recorded the 2009 IBMA Album of the Year and Grammy nominated album, Wheels.
He has appeared on stage or in studio with such diverse artists as Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Frampton, Rosanne Cash, Dwight Yoakam and Barry Gibb.
In 2017, Justin married acclaimed mandolin player, singer and songwriter, Sierra Hull. The two now often perform together as a duo, showcasing their instrumental prowess and close vocal harmonies. These days Moses may be seen almost anywhere and with almost anyone. But he is performing regularly with multi-award winning band The Gibson Brothers.
Old Time Banjo and Fiddle player Joseph Decosimo opens the Down Home show with a trio performing music from his new album “While You Were Slumbering.” Music writer David Menconi called the Sleepy Cat Records release “…a spectacular new album.”