Cara Louise, born Cara Louise Wegener, is a singer-songwriter from St. Louis, MO, now residing in Nashville, TN. Louise's unique and soulful sound comes from her powerful and emotive vocal chops. The artist's extensive range, coupled with inspired melodies and sincere, relatable lyricism, set her aside as a true force of nature. Originally fronting Cara Louise Band from 2013-2018 Cara cut her teeth playing open mic nights, dive bars, and honky-tonks regionally around St. Louis City. During that time, Cara released two EP's and an LP via Gaslight Records, each thoroughly inspired by golden country and the 70's Nashville sound. In 2019, Cara dropped the "Band" from her name, and released a new EP, "Fragile Heart", produced by David Beeman at Native Sound Studios, and released via Soul Step Records. "Fragile Heart" redefined the artist's sound and built a strong foundation where her signature meld of indie-rock, folk, and Americana could begin to coalesce.
While some saw 2020 and the COVID pandemic as a setback, Cara used this time off of touring to her advantage. Throughout 2020 and into 2021, Cara flexed her creative muscles, writing and producing a new LP, a 9-song collection, aptly titled "Wholesome Dread". Louise's upcoming LP further pushes the envelope, blurring the lines of indie rock, folk, and Americana. Continuing her work with producer David Beeman, the two pulled inspiration from Lynchian doo-wop, the echoes of Laurel Canyon, along with the atmospheric synth tones and driving guitars of early 90's indie rock. Louise's upcoming release continues to push the songwriter's style and career, further separating her from her classic country roots, and launching her creative potential to new sonic heights.
Cara has toured her music nationally, and has opened for notable acts such as Margo Price, Nikki Lane, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll and more. Cara has played Twangfest, Open Highway Music Festival, Musician's Corner and more. Cara will embark on a release tour in Fall of 2022, in support of her latest LP "Wholesome Dread", show dates and times TBA. Recording and touring band members include Scotti Iman, PJ Schreiner, Simon Chervitz, Dylan Lancaster, Nigel Solomon, and Buddy Schumaker; as well as husband, frequent collaborator, and co-writer, Adam Donald. Cara's music would pair well with fans of Sharon Van Etten, Stevie Nicks, Broken Social Scene, and Brandi Carlile. Her latest single "Empty Me" is available now everywhere music is streamed, with more singles to be released along the way. "Wholesome Dread" will release via Soul Step Records Sep. 30th, 2022.