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Sierra Ferrell

"Edith Piaf and Hank Williams had a baby," says a YouTube commenter. With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sound, Sierra Ferrell makes music that's as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. Growing up in West Virginia, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist got her start belting out Shania Twain songs in a local bar at the age of seven She left home in her early 20s to journey across the country with a troupe of wandering musicians who played everywhere from truck stops to alleyways to freight-train boxcars. "The music they were making was so honest, so pure. It seemed important to bring that kind of music back, and it's been with me ever since," she says. After years of busking on the streets of New Orleans and Seattle, Sierra moved to Nashville and started landing gigs around town. To date, she's enchanted audiences at major festivals like The Avett Brothers at the Beach, AmericanaFest, and Out on The Weekend. Sierra is at work on her full-length debut for Rounder, and listeners who attend the 2021 Ann Arbor Folk Festival just may get the first glimpse of a major new star.