Sera Cahoone is stationed in Seattle, but her basic Americana sounds more like a drive around the Olympic Peninsula in autumn. The extended guitar picking, the ease with which she turns from poetry to guitar slide to near-bluegrass—it all sounds familiar but sprawling. There's a vastness to her music; you can pinpoint where it came from, though not what it is.
Deer Creek Canyon, while nothing out of the ordinary, is still enchanting with its diversity of arrangements. It's a disciplined take on Laura Gibson—less experimental, more personal and individual. Or maybe she's more like Eisleyheart-on-the-sleeve, flighty when necessary. "Nervous Wreck" is the first spark of excitement four tracks in, unless you prefer the percussion-less charm of the title track. "Shakin' Hands" really rounds out the argument that this is driving music. If you don't picture ponderosas passing overhead, then you must not enjoy a good soundtrack. Deer Creek Canyon glows like a summer drive with the windows down, but just don't expect it to give you any new scenery.
Sera Cahoone opens for Blitzen Trapper at the Palace Lounge Mon., May 20, at 9 PM. $15 in advance at Ear Candy and stonefly-productions.com.