Sierra Ferrell – 2023 NMF Sycamore Sessions

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – From box cars to the music charts, singer-songwriter Sierra Ferrell has always been associated with a refreshing blend of musical influences which swing effortlessly from jazz and calypso to country and pop while picking up the best genre conventions of everything in between.

Ferrell, a West Virginia native, self released two albums (Pretty Magic Spell and Washington By the Sea) in 2018 and 2019, respectively, before signing with Nashville-based roots music label Rounder Records, which issued her Long Time Coming record in 2021.

Sierra Ferrell played a surprise set for the 2023 Sycamore Sessions; marking her second appearance at the festival, which she first played in 2019. For her 2023 Sycamore Session performance Ferrell’s band consisted of Geoff Saunders on bass; Josh Rilko on mandolin, and Oliver Kraven on fiddle and guitar.

Ferrell’s set was a mix of songs pulled from Long Time Coming, as well as a number of yet-to-be-released tracks alongside a sprinkling of covers and traditionals.

1. Give it Time (Long Time Coming) – 0:50
2. Lonesome Feeling (traditional) – 4:39
3. Lighthouse (unreleased) – 7:47
4. Redwood Hill (Gordon Lightfoot cover) – 12:35
5. Dollar Bill Bar (unreleased) – 16:15
6. Whispering Waltz (Long Time Coming) – 20:32
7. Hey Me, Hey Mama (Ray LaMontagne cover) – 26:04
8. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (traditional, mashed-up with Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey) – 32:20
9. Seven Spanish Angels (cover of a song made famous by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles) – 37:55
The Sycamore Sessions are presented by the Nelsonville Music Festival in collaboration with WOUB Public Media and the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies. The performances were recorded and produced by Media Arts and Studies students under the supervision of Host and Director Josh Antonuccio and Associate Producers – Director of Photography Andie Walla (Media Arts and Studies Associate Professor of Instruction), Audio Supervisor Adam Rich (WOUB), and WOUB’s Arts and Culture Editor Emily Votaw. All performances took place during the 2023 Nelsonville Music Festival, which is a production of Stuart’s Opera House.