Sera Cahoone returned this month to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2012. The singer-songwriter and Colorado native recently released the album "From Where I Started." It features contributions from members of Death Cab For Cutie, Iron & Wine and Son Volt, with whom she performs a few Colorado shows next month.

More from OpenAir Sessions:

Cahoone performed four songs from the new album in the studio and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about self-releasing "From Where I Started" and writing a song about a family tragedy.

Stream the session above. Interview highlights:

Cahoone on writing the song "Ladybug" about her cousin who was murdered:

"Putting it on the record was kind of a hard decision. Because I didn't know if it was going to really going to make sense. People were going to be like: 'What is going on?' But it felt like something I had to do."

On naming her new record label Lady Muleskinner Records after a Dolly Parton song: 

"I love Dolly Parton and I've always loved that song. And at one point I was in a band with a friend of mine way back in the day called Lady Muleskinners. So it just seemed like the appropriate thing."

Songs performed:

  • "Better Woman"
  • "Up To Me"
  • "Dusty Lungs"
  • "Ladybug"