Sera Cahoone

Sera
Cahoone
About the Artist: 

SERA CAHOONE – FROM WHERE I STARTED BIO

The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone.
Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at
the top of the indie charts, she’s always had a streak of Americana that ran through her
music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She’s returning now to
these earliest influences with her new album, From Where I Started (to be released
March 24, 2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars,
backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain
dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in
the state. The sounds she heard there—the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots
on peanut shells—have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and
the seminal indie rock bands she’s been a part of in the city (Carissa’s Weird, Band of
Horses).

To make From Where I Started, her first new album since 2012’s Dear Creek Canyon,
Cahoone traveled south to Portland to work with producer John Askew (Neko Case,
Laura Gibson, Alela Diane). Askew brought together key Portland musicians like Rob
Burger (Iron and Wine, Lucinda Williams), Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie) and
Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie) with Cahoone’s Seattle bandmates - Jeff Fielder
(Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray) and Jason Kardong (Son Volt, Jay Farrar). The band lays a
deep bedrock beneath Cahoone’s songs, supporting her arcing vocals and innovative
guitar and banjo playing. The album is driven by a strong rhythmic sensibility, owed to
Cahoone’s background as a drummer for indie rock bands. “A lot of my songs start as a
beat, I add guitar, then lyrics at the end,” she says. “When I write songs I usually sit at
my drum kit playing both drums and guitar at the same time.”

From Where I Started plays on the rougher, darker edges of the traditional love song.
Like any good country album, the songs here deal with love and loss, but Cahoone also
knows how to surround loss with hope, to temper a sad song with a turn in the major
key. The optimism of the love song “Up To Me,” buoyed by fingerpicked guitar and
banjo, gives way to the weary resignation of “Taken Its Toll,” with its plaintive pedal
steel and echoing vocal harmonies. “Ladybug,” is a poignant song that followed the
tragic death of Cahoone’s cousin Tawnee.

From Where I Started represents a refocusing for Sera Cahoone. It positions her as a
songwriter beholden to the old country sounds she grew up with, a songwriter who’s
always been able to deftly translate a personal perspective into a universal view. It’s an
album about falling in and out of love, finding new hope, and learning that the best way
to move forward is to remember where you began.

CONTACTS:
Management: Jeff Wooding / jeff@naturenurturemgmt.com
Tour Press: Alexa Peters / alexa@hearthmusic.com

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