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Genres  Indie Rock Lo-Fi
Labels  Sub Pop
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter
Name  Sera Cahoone

Instruments  Vocals Guitar Drums
Role  Singer-songwriter
Years active  2006-present
Record label  Sub Pop
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Born  August 4, 1975 (age 40) (1975-08-04)
Associated acts  Carissa's Wierd Band of Horses
Music groups  Band of Horses (Since 2005), Carissa's Wierd
Albums  Deer Creek Canyon, Acoustic at The Ryman, Everything All the Time, Cease to Begin, Mirage Rock
Similar People  Megan Rapinoe, Sarah Walsh, Ben Bridwell, Mat Brooke, Rachael Rapinoe

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Sera Cahoone (born August 4, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Cahoone's music combines elements of classic country-western and modern indie rock and lo-fi music. She is also well known for her work as a drummer, especially with the bands Carissa's Wierd and Band of Horses.


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Early life

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Cahoone is the daughter of Bill Cahoone, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, and Judy Cahoone (née Ahrendts), a business executive. Cahoone said that she was raised by a single mother. She has a sister named Kal Cahoone and brother named Nathan Cahoone, both of whom are also musicians.

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Cahoone grew up in Littleton, Colorado. She attended and graduated from Columbine High School.

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Cahoone got her musical start on the drums at twelve years old. She had taken up drumming to combat anxiety, and found she had a talent and affinity for the instrument. She also played her brother's guitar and sang, but not in public at that time. Her first stage performance came in a North Denver bar called Ziggie's Saloon (near the Oriental Theater). She played drums behind a group of bluesmen at an open mic night.

Drumming career

In 1998, at the age of twenty-one, Cahoone moved to Seattle, Washington, when the snowboarding shop where she worked in Colorado opened a retail store in Washington state. She worked there for two years before quitting. She subsequently worked in a coffee shop and focused on playing music.

Cahoone was the drummer in the band Carissa's Wierd until they broke up in 2003. After that, Cahoone played drums with various bands including Los Angeles singer-songwriter Patrick Park and most notably, Band of Horses. Cahoone has also played drums with Panda and Angel, and Betsy Olson. She recorded selected tracks of the critically acclaimed Band of Horses debut record, Everything All The Time, as a session player.

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In 2006, Cahoone began to release solo work. Her first album was a self-released, self-titled record called Sera Cahoone, which was praised by indie-rock radio station KEXP along with NPR. Seattle indie newspaper The Stranger called Sera’s debut "a breathtaking collection of sad and dusky songs that reveal an artist of remarkable depth as well as a truly stunning voice."

Only As The Day Is Long

In 2007, Cahoone was signed to the Seattle label Sub Pop Records which was home to former Carissa’s Weird band mates Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) and later Mat Brooke (Grand Archives). Cahoone's second album, Only As The Day Is Long, was released in 2008.

Deer Creek Canyon

Sera and her band recorded her second Sub Pop record, Deer Creek Canyon, in February 2012 at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington, over a two-week period with Los Angeles producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver). Additional vocals and tracking were done in Los Angeles over several weeks in early March. The record was released September 25, 2012.

From Where I Started

In 2017 it was announced that Sera's fourth album titled From Where I Started will be self-released on March 24, 2017. Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback in Portland Oregon, From Where I Started was co-produced by Sera Cahoone and John Morgan 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).


Cahoone has toured with Son Volt, Matt Costa, Band of Horses, Grand Archives, Sea Wolf, Patrick Park, ], Tift Merritt, Beachwood Sparks, Fruit Bats, Ben Gibbard, Jay Farrar, Gregory Alan Isakov, Blitzen Trapper, Mason Jennings, Kathleen Edwards, and Joe Pug. She has opened for Lucinda Williams, Okkervil River, Mary Gauthier, and The Indigo Girls.

Sera Cahoone, and bandmate, Jason Kardong, were the first people to ever play music on the rooftop of Seattle's iconic Space Needle as part of the Sub Pop Records Silver Jubilee Celebration on July 11, 2013. Their performance was broadcast live on radio station KEXP and streamed around the world.


  • 2005: Sera Cahoone (self-released, licensed distribution via Sub Pop Records)
  • 2008: Only as the Day Is Long (Sub Pop Records)
  • 2012: Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop Records)
  • 2017: From Where I Started (Lady Muleskinner Records)
  • Personal life

    In August 2015, Cahoone became engaged to Megan Rapinoe, a midfielder/winger for the United States Women's National Soccer Team and the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League. In January 2017, Rapinoe stated their wedding plans were on hold.


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