Jason Kardong

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Jason Kardong
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J Kardong performing with Son Volt 2012
Background information
Birth name Jason Kardong
Also known as J. Kardong, Jay Kardong, JB Kardong
Genres Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, alt country, Americana
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments pedal steel, guitar, piano, mandolin, engineer
Years active 1991 - Present
Labels Eminence Records
Associated acts Sera Cahoone, Ole Tinder
Website http://www.jkardong.com/

Jason Kardong is a pedal steel player based out of Seattle, Washington and is the Pedal Steel player for Sera Cahoone.[1] Originally from outside of Moscow, Idaho, he grew up directly next door to folk artist Josh Ritter. Shortly after graduating from Washington State University [2] (WSU) with a BS in Agriculture, he relocated to Seattle Washington.

His first band after moving to Seattle was the retro western swing six piece band called Six String Eric and his Lazy Ranch Hands who performed along the West Coast opening for such acts as The Lucky Stars, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Wanda Jackson and Dave Stuckey.

In 2003 he co-founded the band The Wakefields and shortly after began also playing with Sera Cahoone. Currently he also is involved with The Beautiful Confusion, Massy Ferguson and Grand Archives

Kardong is also active as an audio engineer working with such artists as Betsy Olson, Widower and The Wakefields. He graduated from the Audio Engineering program at the University of Washington.[3] and has worked at such studios as Jupiter Studios, Soundhouse and MRX. He also started the music label Eminence Records [4] in 2005 as a way to promote his music.

Member Of/ Performed With[edit]

Son Volt,[5] Jeffrey Foucault, Matt Costa,[6] Sera Cahoone,[1] Grand Archives, Anna Coogan, Carissa's Wierd, The Beautiful Confusion, Massy Ferguson, The Souvenirs, Ole Tinder, The Wakefields

Collaborations / Tour With[edit]

Band of Horses ,[7] Son Volt,[8] Matt Costa,[6] and Grand Archives. Recently he appeared on the song "If You've Lost Someone" by Three Ninjas


Kardong plays a Rittenberry as well as a Carter steel guitar.[9] He uses various amplifiers but plays mainly through a Milkman Sound Amplifier [10] and plays a Creston [11] custom guitar.


Partial Discography[edit]

Title Artist Year
From Where I Started Sera Cahoone 2017
Notes Of Blue Son Volt 2017
The Maldives The Maldives (band) 2017
The Firewatcher's Daughter Brandi Carlile 2015
A Life Unto Itself Steve Von Till 2015
July Marissa Nadler 2014
Backwoods Massy Ferguson 2014
Sub Verses Akron/Family 2013
Victory And Ruins Massy Ferguson 2013
Deer Creek Canyon Sera Cahoone 2012
Kingdom of the Holy Sun Rose Windows 2012
Whisky Girl Bart Budwig 2012
A Better Place Jackrabbit 2012
Low Ways Ole Tinder 2012
Pull It Together Shannon Stephens 2012
Damaged Goods Massy Ferguson 2011
Todd Joseph Band Todd Joseph Band 2011
Mobile Chateau Matt Costa 2010
Hard Water Massy Ferguson 2010
Lonely Woman Blues Betsy Olson 2010
Karlson Karlson 2010
Last Night In Taupo Shotgun Social 2010
Keep in Mind Frankenstein Grand Archives 2009
Widower Widower 2009
The Beautiful Confusion The Beautiful Confusion 2009
Songs For The Open Road Heading West 2009
Only as the Day Is Long Sera Cahoone 2008
The Grand Archives Grand Archives 2008
Love Songs & Funeral Homes Facts About Funerals 2008
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues Various Artists 2008
Sera Cahoone Sera Cahoone 2006
Falling Down Blue The Wakefields 2006
Viva Las Vegas 5 Various Artists 2001


  1. ^ a b "Sera Cahoone". Retrieved 2005-01-25.
  2. ^ "Washington State University". Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  3. ^ "University Of Washington Audio Program". Archived from the original on 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  4. ^ "Eminence Records". Retrieved 2005-06-25.
  5. ^ "Son Volt". Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  6. ^ a b "Matt Costa". Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  7. ^ "Band of Horses". Retrieved 2004-02-25.
  8. ^ "Son Volt". Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  9. ^ "Rittenberry Pedal Steel Guitars". Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  10. ^ "Milkman Sound Amps". Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  11. ^ "Creston Electric Instruments". Retrieved 2012-12-19.

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