Justin Schatz is The Paper's daily news reporter. He has reported on New Mexico for KRQE News, Searchlight NM and the Santa Fe Reporter.

Sierra Ferrell, a highly-touted indie-folk musician, is set to play for AMP Concerts at Tumbleroot Brewery in Santa Fe on Feb. 23. The show is part of Ferrell’s Rounder Records Tour, a 42-city debut headlining tour including Denver, San Francisco and Montreal.   

Ferrell’s debut album Long Time Coming is a treat for any folk, country or bluegrass lover. Defying genre restrictions, the tracks on Long Time Coming feature country, Appalachian and jazz influences that harmonize with Ferrell’s distinct and timeless vocals. 

The former busker is a bastion of times past, a relic of the folk artists from the mid-20th century. “In Her Dreams” and “Whispering Waltz” highlight the artist’s predominant themes, love and loss, heavily influenced by her Appalachian and folk background. Her iconic vocals are often complemented by the twang of a violin, best highlighted in “Whispering Waltz.”

The West Virginia native cultivated her distinctly Americana sound from her travels across the country. Before Ferrell headlined shows across North America, she was part of a nomadic troupe of musicians that busked from Seattle to New Orleans. It wasn’t long before her distinctive vocals and authentically Americana sound attracted a following. Ferrell rose to become one of the most promising upcoming artists in the Americana scene. 

Ferrell’s rising stock in the music industry has attracted the attention of some of the most popular Americana artists, most notably Shakey Graves. Ferrell and folk giant Graves released a single titled “Ready or Not” which supports both artists’ strengths and showcases contemporary Americana. 

Ferrell has already had 30 sold-out shows at venues across the country, with many of her scheduled shows nearly sold out. Tickets for Ferrell’s show are $22 from ampconcerts.org with $25 tickets available at the door; standing room only.