Sub Pop artist Sera Cahoone didn’t stay away from Billings long, returning to a room less occupied than it was during her full band performance in May. However, the presence of close friends and fans provided an informal, communicative atmosphere for her to perform with pedal steel player Jay Kardong, who said such informal shows are often his favorite.
Though Cahoone typically performs with a full band, she and Kardong reduced their lineup to the essentials to open for Son Volt on a cross-country three-week tour, which exposed the duo to larger crowds and plenty of potential new fans.
In their Billings performance, the two played many of the songs from Cahoone’s 2008 Sub Pop debut, “Only As The Day Is Long,” as well as few from her self-released first album, “Sera Cahoone.” Kardong’s pedal steel cried out sweetly through the venue as Cahoone’s alluring vocals drifted softly among the charmed audience.
Cahoone makes a stop in Spokane tonight then heads back to Seattle, where she said she plans to keep working on new songs for an upcoming album.
Burke Jam, an indie artist from Missoula, and Dan Page, a local alt county guitarist, opened the show, both performing acoustically songs from their repertoire.