Sierra Ferrell has been on a tear lately as she firmly ensconces herself as a headliner in the independent country/roots space. But the recent run of shows that have seen Sierra go from Florida, up to North Carolina, out to Colorado, on to Virginia, and then up to Massachusetts have apparently taken their toll, and she has decided to cancel the next week of shows. Ferrell was scheduled to perform at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada, the 4848 Festival in West Virginia, along with multiple shows in Wisconsin and Michigan.
“We’ve been working really hard for you all, and have loved every minute of it, but I need to slow down for a bit,” Sierra Ferrell said in a statement. “I know you’re disappointed, and so am I, but I also know that some rest will do me good. I’ll be back on stage soon, and can’t wait to see you then.”
Sierra Ferrell was scheduled to play in two countries, and four states in the span of a week. There is the possibility that some of the dates will be rescheduled, but those dates have not been announced yet. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. The tour dates affected include,
Jul 8, 2023 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB
Jul 9, 2023 – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, WI
Jul 10, 2023 – Door Community Auditorium – Fish Creek, WI
Jul 12, 2023 – Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Kalamazoo, MI
Jul 13, 2023 – The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
Jul 14, 2023 – Snowshoe Mountain Resort (4848 Festival) – Snowshoe, WV
Ferrell is currently scheduled to resume touring on July 21st when she is scheduled to play the Nelsonville Music Festival in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Sierra Ferrell has spoken openly about the importance of keeping a good balance with mental health in the past, and knowing when to not push herself too hard. When asked in 2022 about her relentless tour schedule, she responded, “It’s amazing but can also be terrible at times. It’s great that people are interested in me and they want to hear my music, because it’s always been my life and my passion and always been something I knew I was going to be involved with. But I never really knew it was going to get this far with it. I’m very honored but I also feel like I need to pay more attention to my mental health a little bit more.”
In August of 2022, Sierra Ferrell also canceled a week’s worth of shows for similar concerns.
On a more positive note, those hoping for new music from Sierra Ferrell to tide them over until her next album got their wish on Friday. Sierra’s version of Dolly Parton’s iconic song “Coat of Many Colors” was finally released to all streaming platforms. Previously, the song had only appeared via Amazon as part of an exclusive around the induction of Dolly Parton to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I’ve admired pretty much everything about Dolly Parton since the first time I heard that one-of-a-kind voice,” Sierra says. “From her work ethic, to how she balances her personal and professional life, to how she’s helped pave the way for women in music… she inspires on so many levels. She came from nothing and is now an international icon. But, it’s her heart and it’s her love of people that I admire most.”
Expect a new original single from Sierra Ferrell later this year, and perhaps a new album late 2023/early 2024. Ferrell also said recently that she might be collaborating with Zach Bryan in the future.