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Sera Cahoone

by Sera Cahoone

A unique blend of old country western and modern lo-fi.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Nowhere To Be Found
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2. Last Time
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3. Couch Song
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4. Take Me Home
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5. You're Lookin' Tired
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6. I've Been Wrong
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7. I'm On Your Side
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8. Long Highway
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9. What a Shame
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10. So Long
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Album Notes
Daughter of a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, songwriter Sera Cahoone got her musical start on the drums at twelve years old. At twenty-one she left Colorado, in favor of Seattle, Washington’s gloomy skies and drummed for--among others--now-defunct indie favorites Carissa’s Wierd (sic.,) L.A. musician Patrick Park, and Subpop’s Band of Horses acclaimed release “Everything all the Time.” Despite being an accomplished guitar player and songwriter, Sera largely preferred to stay behind the drum kit until one particular tour across the United States with Park in 2006. On that tour, she found herself particular inspired by the landscape outside of the van window, and she wrote an album in her thoughts as they drove along blue highways and back roads of the expansive west and the plains.

When she returned home to Seattle, she fine-tuned those songs on her Martin guitar, and later recorded the album with help from fellow musician friends on a wide array of instruments from pedal steel to banjo.

Her self-titled, self-released debut album reflects her love of both old-school country music and modern low fi, and has been dubbed “the love child of Cat Power and Buck Owens.” After its release in February of 2006, Sera’s album was met with wide-spread critical acclaim, including being named one of the top ten albums of 2006 by NPR’s Stephen Thompson, and “one of my favorite albums of the year local or not” by KEXP DJ John Richards.

Sera has currently set her drum sticks aside, is touring in support of her album, and working on a follow-up album to be released on Subpop sometime in the near-future.

NPR---Top 10 CDs of 2006-

"Cahoone's album is spare, arranged with meticuluos but not fussy precision. While acoustic guitar serves as the primary accompaniment, judicious integration of banj, dobro and pedal and lap steel enrich hushed cuts."
-Kurt B. Reighley

NPR- Song of the Day
"Sera Cahoone has played drums for Band of Horses and Carissa's Wierd (sic), two groups whose music can be majestically beautiful, wrenchingly powerful or both. None of their output, however, provides any reason to expect Cahoone's solo work to drift into territory as strangely soothing as her sublimely gorgeous, breezily hypnotic, Couch Song."
-Stephen Thompson

"Cat Power's exquisitely hazy voice goes southern gothic on Sera Cahoone's stunning self-titled debut, complete with lap-steel, banjo and brushed drums. It's the kind of album that steals the air from your lungs with every listen."
-Aidin Vaziri

“Imagine Mazzy Star careening through American folk and country and you get the idea. It takes me to places both beautiful and sad. It makes me want to pack up the car and drive the great wide open spaces West of the Missouri River... The band is tight and the record has the feel of a country classic...One of my top ten records of 2005.”
-Bob Fuchs

“There are just too many young indie-weaned performers playing gentle countryish songs. Sera Cahoone appears to be one of ‘em yet there is a depth and command to her voice that warrants attention. A close listen pays off in spades.”
-Jay Ruttenberg

"Fantastic record. One of my favorite records of the year–local or not."
-John In The Morning

“Consensus is that (Sera’s) much better in front of the kit. Like Jesse Sykes, she explores the textured nuances of country... her self-titled debut record came out in late January, and it may finally bridge Capitol Hill Hipsters and hard-core devotees of the Tractor Tavern.”
-Tizzy Asher - The Seattle PI included Sera Cahoone in top ten local bands to watch in 2006.

"Everything about Sera Cahoone begs you to come closer.
Her clear, aching vocals can drop to a whisper, sometimes even fading into nothing but the vague sound of words, a dreamy memory of a long-ago conversation.
The 29-year-old Seattle singer's debut solo album has none of the bombast you might expect from the former drummer of Carissa's Weird. On this rootsy, lo-fi collection, Cahoone and her band have stripped country music to its purest form, the pained, far-off moan of the pedal steel, the lonesome dobro and violin, with a little banjo and the slight heartbeat of bass and drums."
- Chris Jorgensen


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Not what I would call awesome, but a very nice CD indeed. Perhaps a tad monochromatic, with little to move beyond a medium tempo, but nice all the same.

Daniel T

I can't get enough of Sera Cahoone
Personally, I give this SIX STARS out of five. I do realize however, it may not appeal to everyone. I believe it SHOULD, but ..... I first heard Sera through her video for "Couch Song". I thought it was beautiful, sparse, compelling. I did'nt expect everything on the CD to be as good. I WAS WRONG. I listened to this CD 8 times in a row. Each time I found something new to love about it. The deceptive arrangements contain a depth that rewards repeated plays. There are many more layers to these songs than it would seem at first. Her voice is achingly beautiful. It may not be silky smooth, but it's all heart and soul. Sera draws you in like a dream that's just out of memories reach, and you want so much to remember because you know there is a compelling truth to be found if you could only get to it. I have no idea why so many people are comparing her to Chan Gailey( Cat Power ) This first release tops anything I've ever heard from Ms. Gailey. Her backing band is top notch. From Steel guitar, to electric , to fiddle (especially fiddle) and bass the band "gets" Sera's songs. I can't envision a time when this CD will be very far from my player. Where I go, it goes. And I'm sure I'll find something new to love about it no matter how many times I play it.


Great job Sera. This CD is so amazing. Also, the drums on Band of Horses is amazing too!


Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins sent me on this lovely country kick a year ago, and I am still loving finding more wonderful young hipsters exploring the wide world of Twang. I hope to see her live out in the Oakland/Berkeley area sometime. All the better that it is played on a Martin! Peace.

Richard Cooper

Nice and laid back with a folk/country groove
Whoever said this was like Mazzy Star got it right... a little more lively than MS (but not much), with some folky and country touches in the backing. No killer tunes, but the whole thing is niiice.


wonderful collection of songs
I also heard Sera on KEXP and immdiately bought her cd- I love the entire thing- I can listen to it over and over again.


Sera Cahoone
I usually judge the artists I'd like to hear by either hearing one of their songs, already knowing their music, or by looking at their faces. I saw Sera's face in Folio Weekly (Jacksonville, FL) and wanted to buy here cd's (I purchased "Only As The Day Is Long" also). I did. And I was not dissapointed. I am not a fan of country music but her voice and the unique way in which the country is mixed makes it altogether different and I love it. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Vega and Natalie Merchant. I would love to see Sera in a concert with them.

Mark P.

Really excellent CD
I heard Sera Cahoone on KEXP and bought the CD. It's a great CD--would highly recommend it.


I can't stop listening to this CD
This is not just another CD by just another singer-songwriter. Sera Cahoone has a beautiful voice--sort of reminiscent of Cat Power-- and a unique country sound. This album really is in a class of its own.


love this cd
I would highly recommend this cd. It's awesome!