Review: Sierra Ferrell and her New Album “Trail of Flowers”
UPDATED: March 27, 2024
UPDATED: March 27, 2024
Sierra Ferrell Trail of Tears

Sierra Ferrell, aka Sierra Elizabeth Ferrell, has consistently demonstrated her ability to cultivate a devoted grassroots following within the genre, earning notable recognition with Gems on VHS and her recent inclusion on the latest Hunger Games soundtrack (RootsnRevelry’s coverage here). With the recent release of her new album Trail of Flowers, this sentiment is further solidified, affirming her position as a leading figure in the genre. Trail of Flowers features 12 infectious and authentic tracks, spanning 38 minutes, and in my opinion, currently the standout album of the year

Trail of Flowers

Sierra Ferrell has embraced her timeless vocal style to deliver a captivating album, seamlessy blending modern aesthetics with traditional influences. Trail of Flowers showcases a fusion of old-timey themes with contemporary country music, creating a rich musical landscape. Each track bleeds with rhythmic strength and memorable dynamics that beautifully emphasize the stringed intruments, twangin’ banjos, and melodic madolins.

Songs and Lyrics

The album kicks off with the powerful narrative of American Dreaming, painting a vivid picture of life on the road, the pursuit of dreams, and its ironic harshness. Fox Hunt accelerates the tempo with harmonious chants and spirited fiddles, echoing the intensity of the chase between predator and prey. Ferrell’s vocal ability will send shivers through your spine in the sultry allure of Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time in Cheatham County, as her voice dances melodically, intertwining with the lively bassline.

I Wish You Well transitions into a hauntingly beautiful country ballad, expressing sentiments of forgiveness amidst pain with the poignant line, “though you hurt me, I still wish you well.” This melancholic tone is swiftly followed by the whimsical temptation of  I Could Drive You Crazy.

As I reflect on this review, I realize my intention was to highlight standout tracks, yet it seems I’ve ended up essentially listing each song in chronological order. This inadvertent sequence speaks volumes to the album’s overall artistry. Instead of beating the already dead horse, let me emphasize the rarity of an album like Trail of Flowers where every track stands out—be it lyrically, stylistically, instrumentally, or thematically.

Tracklist

  • 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
  • Roasemary
  • Lighthouse
  • I’ll Come Off the Mountain
  • No Letter

Final Thoughts

Sierra Ferrell personifies the true meaning of Americana.

As previously mentioned, Trail of Flowers has firmly secured its place as the current top album of 2024. I firmly believe that Ferrell has found her firm footing within the genre, although artists can certainly evolve and explore new territories, Ferrell confidently embraces old-time country and Western music showcasing her Americana excellence. This latest project undoubtedly sets a new standard and is destined to become a timeless classic.

Album Release: March 22, 2024

Label: Rounder Records, Distrubuted by Concord

Favorite Tracks: American Dreaming, Wish You Well, I’ll Come Off the Mountain

 

RootsnRevelry Grade:                           

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