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Album of the Week: 'Trail of Flowers' by Sierra Ferrell

Album art for Sierra Ferrell's "Trail of Flowers" album. In the middle is Ferrell in an oval frame, she has a lion with wings for a body. The frame is full of other mythological characters.
"Trail of Flowers", Ferrell's second album, was released on March 22, 2024.

"Trail of Flowers" by Sierra Ferrell is KAXE's Album of the Week for March 25-31, 2024.

On Sierra Farrell’s second album Trail of Flowers, we hear an artist beginning to stretch out and show off her artistry and musicianship.

Whether it’s the ruminative Americana of “America Dreaming,” the honky-tonk swagger of “Dollar Bill Bar,” or the blistering, foot stomping bluegrass of “Fox Hunt,” it is clear Farrell is confident in her songwriting skills no matter the genre.

She worked with in-demand producers Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton) and Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Gillian Welch) and they bring a larger sound and broader instrumentation to Farrell’s music.

Speaking about her cover of Fiddlin' Arthur Smith's “Chitlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County,” Farrell said:

“It’s about how enslaved people would always get the last of the meat, including pig intestines, which meant they had to learn how to cook and eat them. I wanted to cover that song because I think it’s important to acknowledge what’s happened in the past and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

"And as someone who spent a lot of time in New Orleans and who gets a lot of influence from the blues music I heard there, I wanted to show my appreciation for the roots of that music and the history behind it.”

Trail of Flowers is expansive, dreamy and a whole bunch of fun.

Must Listens:

  • "Fox Hunt"
  • "Chitlin' Cookin' Cooking Time in Cheatham"
  • "I Could Drive You Crazy"
  • "Rosemary"

Tune in to KAXE Monday-Friday (10 a.m., 3 p.m., 8 p.m.) to hear from our featured Album of the Week.

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Dan was born on the south side of Chicago and remembers dancing to Booker T and the MG's as his 1st musical memory. What followed has been a lifelong adventure of hearing new music and being exposed to the people and communities that produced the artists. Forwards in all directions!