By Anita Stewart, Managing Editor
Show Date: May 30, 2023
Venue: Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, Florida
Rock at Night is a massive fan of this artist. We reviewed her previous 2021 release Long Time Coming and the first her two singles from this same album. Most people would ask why a rock magazine would write about an Alt-Country artist. It was actually her genre-bending music that piqued our interest. Ferrell’s alt-country music uniquely adds touches of bossa nova, accordion, and Spanish guitars. Her Appalachian roots are apparent in the music, but then one hears traces of honky-tonk, tango, calypso, Gypsy folk, and roots rock. And, she is undoubtedly a stellar singer-songwriter, as hooks abound in her songs.
It is hard to believe that Sierra Ferrell has risen to the top so fast and she has paid her dues along the way. If you search on Youtube, you can still find videos of her busking on the street corners of locations such as the French Quarter in New Orleans.
The show opened with the delightful folk duo, Two Runner hailing from Northern California. The band consists of Paige Anderson and Emilie Rose. Delightful and with an engaging stage presence and heavenly harmonies, this band plays bluegrass, folk, and Americana music with a hint of Appalachian and Celtic sounds on the fiddle. The ladies have just released their first studio album titled Modern Cowboy.
Looking every bit the old-time country music diva, West Virginia’s Sierra Ferrell graced the stage in a stunning golden glitter, floor-length gown. Her attire was complete with a wavy, bouffant hairdo accented with flowers. Performing an amazing set to a sold-out show at one of our venues, the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater, Florida, Ferrell focused on her latest album Long Time Coming.
At this show, each of Sierra’s songs ended with thunderous applause as her fans and audiences were totally captivated. And her audience? I saw old, young, country fans with cowboy boots, long-haired rockers and musician types, green-haired punkers, and date-night seniors. Almost everyone sang along to her songs.
My favorite songs of the evening were “Far Away Across the Sea,” “West Virginia Waltz,” “The Sea,” “At the End of the Rainbow,” “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” and “Rosemary.”
In addition to preparing songs for her second album, her tour is taking her everywhere. She is finishing her dates before the festival season begins in summer and fall. Check out her scheduled dates HERE, and make sure you get tickets early! It is definitely a show to add to your list if she comes to your town.