It’s been a markontour rule to always make an effort to see the support act, ever since I was unjustly rewarded for paying good money to see Simply Red by being introduced to The La’s. It is an approach to gig-going that reaped rewards again on Friday night, when Sierra Ferrell stole the show at the Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles.
Ferrell describes herself as a “jingle-janglin’ gypsy tornado of sound hailing from Charleston, West Virginia” and it is hard to better that summation. But, if a comparison helps, there’s definitely something of Caitlin Rose, another Nashville-based singer and markontour favourite, about Ferrell’s sound and attitude.
I haven’t yet found anything online that sounds exactly like the live show, where Ferrell was accompanied by a cracking fiddle player, but this Gladden House Session provides a flavour of her brilliance. I am also pretty sure she played ‘Rosemary’ on Friday, and this studio version, courtesy of GemsOnVHS, is well worth a watch.
Other than that, you can buy/listen to 2019 album, ‘Washington on Sea’, on Bandcamp, but markontour’s advice is follow Sierra Ferrell on all mediums and get tickets as soon as she is playing near you – support act or headline billing.