It’s been two decades since Ferrick stepped into the spotlight as a last-minute replacement for Morrissey’s opener, then joined the remaining dates of the tour. She earned a two-album deal from Atlantic, and her career’s progressed steadily since. Though certainly an acoustic-slinging singer-songwriter, she’s no understated folkie. Well-trained (Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory) and raised on rock, her hard-strumming style bristles with energy and bite, though it took time for her songwriting to match her musicianship. She hit her stride with 2004’s The Other Side, then upped the ante on 2006’s In the Eyes of the Stranger, keenly balancing her self-effacing wit, rock spirit and sharpening pop sense. Ferrick went the other direction for 2008’s spare, quieter Goodbye Youth, but rock returns on her latest, Still Right Here. It winds from the tender, Jack Johnson-inspired carpe diem testimonial “Seconds Like These” to the powerful, clear-eyed confessional “Headphones On,” featuring guitarist Kaki King, and maintains Ferrick's creative win streak.