Sierra Ferrell Beckons Fans to Follow on New Album, ‘Trail of Flowers’
Sierra Ferrell (photo by Bobbi Rich)
It’s hard to imagine Sierra Ferrell finding time to make an album amid near constant touring and a slew of collaborations with artists from a wide range of genres, but making magic is part of her charm, and her latest trick is a new LP, Trail of Flowers.
Coming March 22 on Rounder Records, Trail of Flowers blends Ferrell’s signature old-time musical leanings with some very modern themes that might just blaze a new path in roots music.
“With Trail of Flowers, I wanted to make a fuller sound with bigger drums, but still stay true to the stripped-down feel of old-time music whenever it felt right,” Ferrell says in a press release announcing the album. “I wanted to create something that makes people feel nostalgic for the past, but excited about the future of music. I’m just trying to put words and melodies together and build it into something people can pour their feelings into, all their happiness and sorrows, so that it changes their reality a little bit and gives them some comfort. To me music is like medicine. Whenever I write a song and it feels healing to me, I know it can heal other people too.”
“Fox Hunt,” released last year, is already a crowd favorite and in heavy rotation on roots music radio, and today a second track from Trail of Flowers debuts. “Dollar Bill Bar” stands to be another singalong, with its catchy chorus warning against falling in love with a serial heartbreaker. Don’t miss backing vocals from Nikki Lane and Kristen Rogers as you shout along.
If you haven’t caught Ferrell’s live show yet, as a headliner or opening act or at seemingly every roots music festival, you can get a taste in her national television debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET. You can also watch an exclusive two-song set for ND readers in her No Depression Session at DelFest 2023.
The previous album from West Virginia native Ferrell, Long Time Coming, made 2021’s Best Roots Music Albums lists from No Depression readers and writers. Read our interview with Ferrell about that album here.
Ferrell was named Emerging Artist of the Year in the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards and sold out all of her live shows in 2023. She has recorded collaborations with Zach Bryan, Margo Price, Shakey Graves, The Black Keys, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Diplo and appeared onstage with The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Lana Del Rey.
In March she’ll launch her own Shoot for the Moon tour and open stadium shows for Zach Bryan and The Avett Brothers. Find her full touring schedule here.
Here is the track list for Trail of Flowers, which was produced by Eddie Spear and Gary Paczosa:
- American Dreaming
- Dollar Bill Bar
- Fox Hunt
- Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time in Cheatham County
- Wish You Well
- Money Train
- I Could Drive You Crazy
- Why Haven’t You Loved Me Yet
- I’ll Come Off the Mountain
- No Letter