Sierra Ferrell | Long Time Coming Review
Sierra Ferrell is releasing her mesmerizing debut album on Rounder Records called Long Time Coming. Ferrell sings a dozen songs beautifully uncontrolled by category or period, and the project was co-produced by 10-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Sarah Jarosz) and Australian musician Stu Hibberd and recorded at Nashville’s Southern Ground and Minutia studios. Ferrell was joined by an extraordinary collection of guest musicians, including Billy Strings, Sarah Jarosz, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Chris Scruggs, and Rory Hoffman.
“Jeremiah” has a strong foundation in bluegrass, not only because of its instrumentation and feel but because of the melody. However, Ferrell’s agile singing incorporates elements of Alison Krauss, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. That is an impressive list, but there are elements of each that ring in Ferrell’s melodious voice, which makes her music have such appeal. Bringing elements of the past and combining them with today’s themes and players is a winning combination. Not to mention Ferrell’s wonderful personality that shines through on this tune.
“At The End of the Rainbow” gives another side of Ferrell’s many talents as she sings to a ragtime-era feel with New Orleans improvised trombone and clarinet. At times there are elements of Gypsy jazz and even a Delta blues spirit. However, the consistent factor is Ferrell’s ear-catching singing. She will spin phrases that remind you of the past but then do something completely unique and truly hers, and that’s where the beauty lies. Her command of so much music in such a tiny young frame is astonishing.
Long Time Coming is an album that captures an artist that was born to sing. Ferrell excels at mixing genres and iconic country singing styles that are forged through heartfelt lyrics. Ferrell is bringing such an authentic and unique sound to country roots music that she simply cannot be ignored. Spend some time absorbing in her singing, and you will be lured by her charms in a matter of a few bars.
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Long Time Coming
August 20, 2021