“You want me to rate these? You’ve got to be kidding me,” says Sierra Hull

She’s a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year award and three times she has been a part of collaborative efforts that have won IBMA honors as the Collaborative Recording of the Year. This fall she is touring with Bela Fleck’s supergroup and Sturgill Simpson’s all-star bluegrass outfit, as well as doing some touring on her own in support of her latest album, 25 Trips.

We sat down with Sierra Hull last month, via Zoom, to catch up with what she has been up to lately. We talked a little about how she spent the pandemic lockdown, her new album, her influences, her approach to writing her own music, and her upcoming tours. Oh, we also thought it would be fun to ask what seemed to be the obvious question: Which band is better — Bela’s or Sturgill’s? And to add a third option, we asked her to also rank her good friends The Del McCoury Band, too. Her answer is interesting.