WILMINGTON — Memorial Day weekend was punched up with color when country folk and gypsy jazz artist Sierra Ferrell made her way through Wilmington.
Backed by a three-piece acoustic outfit, the 34-year-old sang through a little more than a dozen songs off her three releases, including “Bells of Every Chapel,” “Garden” and “Fox Hunt.” They brought to the forefront the bluegrass rhythms infused with Latin sounds, tango and calypso included.
She also indulged the audience with a handful of covers including “Years,” a 2020 release by John Anderson.
“He may be the best songwriter,” she praised of the musician, who has charted more than 40 singles on Billboard country music.
Ferrell, whose voice combines the richness of Patsy Cline with the twang of Loretta Lynn, also tackled the Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down,” a full singalong with the audience, and capped off the evening with her recent cover of Willie Nelson and Ray Charles’ ’80s hit “Seven Spanish Angels.” Ferrell recently released the song ahead of Nelson’s 90th birthday party at the Hollywood Bowl.
Opening the show was songwriter Paige Anderson and fiddle player Emilie Rose, also known as Two Runner. The modern folk duo from Northern California are known for their vocal harmonies, clawhammer banjo and flatpicking guitar, and Oldtime fiddle playing.
Below are pictures from the show, as captured by Tom Dorgan of MoonFrog Media.
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