THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Imagine, if you will, a punky, hippy, indie, nose-ring-sporting, singer-songwriter-multi-instumentalist who plays bluegrass/western swing/folk/hot club jazz and sounds like she’s coming at you through a 1920s radio set. Does that sound like your idea of what country music should sound like? You’re not alone - it’s ours too.
West Virginia-bred and Nashville-based (via stints busking in New Orleans and Seattle), Sierra Ferrell could remain a genre-defying cult favorite for the cognoscenti - she lives somewhere beyond Americana - or she could be about to break big.
Sierra has just released a two-song single, ‘Jeremiah’ and ‘Why’d Ya Do It’, on Rounder Records, produced by Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Gillian Welch). She's a must-listen, whether backed by country royalty and top-line musicians like Chris Scruggs and Nathan Leath, or pared down and solo. An album will follow in the New Year and, Covid-permitting, some European live dates.