Neko Case was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up all over North America, spending enough time in Tacoma, Washington to consider it her hometown. When she was 18 and already on her own (she left home at 15), she began playing drums in a several punk rock bands, including Cub. In 1997, Case recorded her solo debut, The Virginian, a traditional country album that revealed The Voice—rough around the edges but possessing a vulnerable strength. Since then, Case has been hard at work, touring non-stop on her own, opening for folks like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and working with bands like The New Pornographers and The Sadies. Her most recent album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006), has been praised for its use of poetic imagery and unconventional song structure.