By Anita Stewart, Managing Editor
Sierra Ferrell, the multi-instrumentalist from the mountains of West Virginia is gaining new fans every day! She is probably one of the hardest working musicians around. Just a few years ago she was living in her van and she was jumping trains–that is how she traveled from gig to gig and busking wherever she could. She is known by her peers and fans as a magnetic live performer. And while she has stayed busy playing everywhere over the past several years–at the same time she was driven and working behind the scenes, compiling her impressive body of work with her superbly crafted songs.
After busking on the streets of cities like New Orleans and Seattle and playing music festivals, Ferrell eventually relocated to Nashville and started playing gigs around town. Her engaging live shows soon drew the attention of Rounder Records, who signed Sierra in 2019. What is impressive about Rounder Records is the attention that they give to female artists. Some of the other artists currently with Rounder Records include: Samantha Fish, Blackberry Smoke, Sarah Jarosz, Billy Strings and Alison Krause. Sierra has just released a few of her older songs–“Jeremiah” and “Why’d Ya Do It,” completely remastered and sounding better than ever.
“Why’d Ya Do It” is a song that is inspired by Ferrell’s fascination with calypso and tango music. “That song took me a few years to put together—it’s such a different vibe for me, and I’m ridiculously happy with the outcome,” Ferrell says. And with the classic storytelling and a guest appearance from Grammy Award-winner Sarah Jarosz on background vocals—“Jeremiah” is what Ferrell dubs “a broken song, with a gleam of hope at the end.”
Sierra Ferrell is now working on her eagerly awaited, debut full–length album with Rounder Records. She says, “I want my music to be like my mind is—all over the place. I listen to everything from bluegrass to techno to goth metal, and it all inspires me in different ways that I try to incorporate into my songs and make people really feel something.”
Definitely more to come from this creative lady! Keep reading Rock at Night to stay updated and hear more about the release of this upcoming album.