Listen Now: Sierra Ferrell “American Dream”

“Wake up again in an old motel, is it somewhere different? I can’t tell. Every set of curtains opens to the open road…”: This Friday, March 22nd, Sierra Ferrell will release Trail of Flowers, and in those very first lines of “American Dreaming,” the album’s opening number and final preview, she sets the scene for a remarkable journey of resilience.

In her transformation from train-hopping vagabond to viral sensation, Sierra Ferrell has honed her strange, spellbinding strain of musical magic in trailer parks, dive bars, truck stops, street corners and everywhere in between. While her ragged path and nomadic past have now led to her proving herself as a generational talent, she introduces Trail of Flowers by reflecting on a continued struggle to build a life in a culture consumed by capitalism. As the arrangement erupts into beautiful crashes of steel guitar, banjo, piano, celeste, and backing vocals from Lukas Nelson and Melody Walker, Ferrell showcases her extraordinary capacity to merge timeless musicianship with modern concerns, reckoning with loneliness, happiness and sorrows in her warm, world-weary rasp. 

Listen to “American Dreaming” via Rounder Records, and step into Sierra Ferrell’s wondrous world in the music video, following yesterday’s premiere on CMT Music and the Paramount Times Square Billboard:

“American Dreaming” begins Trail of Flowers with a climax that is sustained through barnburners (“Fox Hunt”), barstool romances (“Dollar Bill Bar”), and self-effacing singalongs (“I Could Drive You Crazy”), highlighting the many sides of Sierra Ferrell’s shapeshifting sound and inimitable style. As one of Nashville’s most in-demand musicians, she has seamlessly collaborated with artists as eclectic as Zach Bryan, Lana Del Rey, Diplo, Margo Price, The Black Keys and more. But it is this collection of 12 songs that captures the true breadth of her wild imagination and wealth of wisdom.

Produced by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton), with additional production by Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Gillian Welch), Trail of Flowers is Sierra Ferrell’s first new album since her 2021 debut, Long Time Coming. It is also why she is being called “one of country and roots music’s most fascinating and fastest-rising artists” (Rolling Stone), “one of Americana, bluegrass and country’s most talented artists” (Billboard), and “one of the most exciting country musicians in all of America” (Paste), who “has what it takes to bridge the hillbilly/hippie/mainstream divide” (Variety). 

Leading up to the album release, the West Virginia native made her national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and has generated a widespread fervor that is further matched by the excitement of fans who keep selling out her tour dates. This Wednesday and Thursday, Sierra Ferrell will headline two nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium, before kicking off the next leg of her national Shoot For The Moon Tour. The 50-date run includes sold-out stops at LA’s Fonda Theatre, Chicago’s Thalia Hall, NYC’s Webster Hall, DC’s 9:30 Club and more, as well as the stadiums, amphitheaters, and arenas that she will play with Zach Bryan, The Avett Brothers and Mitski. See Sierra Ferrell’s tour dates listed below, and find tickets at

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Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Country Music On Tour. Want to collab on some content? Email me. Want my rates for commercial promo work? Get them right here.

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