Portland, OR-based singer/songwriter Sarah Dougher
has played in groups like the Lookers, The Crabs and Cadallaca, which also features Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. In addition she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, teaches Greek and Roman Literature and writes for the Willamette Week, San Fransisco Bay Guardian and other publications. Dougher also wrote Sent Out On The Tracks They Built: Sinophobia in Olympia, 1886, a book on racism and railroad building in Olympia, WA, with artist Nikki McClure. Her personal and political solo debut album, Day One
, was released in 1999 on K Records; Walls Ablaze
, her second album and her first for Mr. Lady Records, appeared in spring 2000 and shows in England, Japan and the eastern U.S. followed. She and fellow collaborator Jon Reuter played The Knitting Factory in New York City for a month-long residency in January 2001, selling out every show and earning props from The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Village Voice. As one of the founders of the rising Ladyfest festival, Dougher played Ladyfest Glasgow in summer 2001, just prior to issuing her third studio effort The Bluff.