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You Knew Me When is a husband and wife folk-rock pairing based in Ouray, CO, by way of Nashville, TN. The duo have toured nationally since June of 2012 throughout North America sharing their collective sound featuring what Jennifer Savage (North Coast Journal) calls "fragile folksy melodies with an elegant, edgier sound," and what Ben Salmon (Bend Bulletin) describes as "beautiful harmonies and pillowy acoustic guitar."  Now touring in support of their fourth studio album "Songs of the San Juans", You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of Colorado inspired compositions coast to coast. Find out more at, and













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Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock duo with a full band sound. Based in Ouray, CO, by way of Nashville, TN, Cie and Karisa Hoover uprooted from their home and full-time jobs in June of 2012 and set plans to tour the nation for a full year...however, they never stopped. Since that time they have served up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast, as well as releasing their first studio album “You, Me, and the Rest of the World” in late 2012, "We Found Roads" in 2014, and "Into the Looking Glass" in 2017. Many miles and memories later, the duo have released their fourth studio album “Songs of the San Juans”. Inspired greatly by the great state of Colorado, the album is available via, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon, and other online retailers.


The Music of You Knew Me When parades between a fusion of progressive indie-rock and folk compositions all infused with a myriad of pulsing and stirring beats. WRNC Radio stated, ““There is such a natural talent to You Know Me When and for the first time in quite awhile it may be a sound that is truly unique, or at least different in these musical times.” While blending their vocals, Karisa, who previously served as a tenured Nashville Public School music teacher and who now serves as the Music Teacher at Ouray School, provides the piano, ukulele, glockenspiel, and percussion, as Cie, who spent several years as the Global Events Production Manager for Gibson Guitar, supplies the guitar and other rhythmic nuances. The cumulative result is a musical style that blends a singer-songwriter soul with a rock n' roll mentality.


The foundations of You Knew Me When are rooted in Nashville, Tennessee, and while both Cie and Karisa originally went to Nashville to pursue various music endeavors, it took the husband and wife nearly a decade to create music together as a united pair. In their early years as a couple Cie could predominantly be found in within the hard-rock scene, while Karisa could be found more often in vocal seminars and music education workshops, and it wasn't until mid 2009 when the two began writing music together. It was from that point on that the two began melding their life partnership into the musical partnership known as You Knew Me When.


You Knew Me When’s 2020 release “Songs of the San Juans” is the duo’s fourth studio album. With songs such as "Colorful Colorado," "Cimarrons," "Ouray," and the title track "Songs of the San Juans," the album showcases the duo's fondness of their home state. Physical and digital copies of You Knew Me When’s albums are available at The albums are also available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online music stores.


Listen to You Knew Me When online via Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Music, and other online radio sources.For more information on You Knew Me When, please visit,, or




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"You Knew Me When came to Memphis ready to rock and delivered an unbelievable performance for the Hard Rock Caf in The Birthplace of Rock n Roll. Their music offered something unique and memorable and we definitely hope to have them back again & again!"

~ Julien Salley, General Manager, Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, TN


“The band’s lush sound belies its limited membership…it’s the percussive elements and rhythmic nuances that set “We Found Roads” apart from typical folk fare…YKMW’s music spills over with catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies and pillowy acoustic guitar, as well-crafted folk music often does. But Karisa and Cie also use rhythm to imbue their songs with a strong sense of momentum…The album is a reflection of mile-markers and moments derived from giving up everything and finding new paths together,” says the bio. And on “We Found Roads,” you kind of feel like you’re along for the ride.” – Bend Bulletin, BEND, OR

"You better listen..." - Kevin Torres, Fox 31 Denver, DENVER, CO

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“We enjoyed You Knew Me When so much. They instantly reminded me of my favorite band, Shovels and Rope. The different instruments and their vocal harmonies were captivating.” ~ Mallorie McRea, Tennessee Brew Works, NASHVILLE, TN

"You Knew Me When is a delight!  Their music was the perfect offering for a beautiful day in our park.  Audience members of all ages enjoyed their outstanding performance and engaging stage presence." - April Sommers, Events Director, MISSOULA, MT

“I had the privilege of seeing this amazing husband and wife team perform at a small venue in Park City, Utah.  It was one of those nights that I didn't want to go out, I was comfy at home and ready to put on my PJ's when my husband reminded me that we signed up to attend this event.  I am SO happy that we went!  Cie and Karisa Hoover have the gift - The gift of music, the gift of gab, the gift of reading their audience.  And they make it look so easy, which we all know it's not easy.  Their talent, dedication and love of music shine with each song.  Do yourself a favor and see this musical duo.  You'll enjoy every minute and you'll walk away humming their tunes.” - Mary Katzenbach, KPCW Radio, PARK CITY, UT


"You Knew Me When is mesmerizing in both melody and presence. Their dynamic use of layering sounds and vocals has the ability to capture and compliment most any audience, in most any atmosphere." ~ Shannon Stober, Katabatic Brewing , LIVINGSTON, MT


"You Knew Me When has played for me twice this year.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciated dealing with this duo!  They were prompt, played phenomenal music and engaged the crowd like no-one else has done at my venue recently.  It is very rare that I deal with a group or duo that has the grace and humility that they show from the moment the arrive to when they leave.  Nothing is taken for granted by them and I would have them back anytime they choose!  What a great Band!!!! A+++" 

~ Tyrone St. John, Assistant GM, The Ale House, Grand Junction, CO


"Filling a gap in the modern music scene is the sound of You Knew Me When one that blends soulful lyrics with the rhythms of indie and folk rock. The result is uniquely their own full of an authenticity, heart, and ukulele that just isnt heard often enough. If youve ever wanted to see an artist before they made it big, this is one show that will pay off."

~ Sneak Peak Vail Magazine, Vail, Colorado


"Husband and wife duo, You Knew Me When, left a lasting impression on all of us here at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado.  They kept the audience thoroughly entertained with their lush harmonies, sweet stories of their adventures on the road, life, and love, and their extremely varied and appealing repertoire. Their songs and sound appealed to the diverse audience and left us all amazed. We can't wait to have them back again."

~Trisha Moran, The Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, CO


“They are a two-person band that presents a full band sound...They are great performers, no matter the size of the venue, they put their heart and soul into the show.”

~ Jessica Paxon, Music Promoter / Host KYMN Radio, Northfield, MN


U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Cutting Ceremony (Colorado), Ouray Mountain Air Music Series (OURAY, CO), Sioux River Folk Fest (CANTON, SD), International Baloon Fiesta (ALBUQUERQUE, NM), Musician's Corner (NASHVILLE, TN), Devil's Backbone Hoopla (NELSON COUNTY, VA), Park Silly (PARK CITY, UT), Minturn Summer Concert Series (MINTURN, CO), Redstone Summer Concert Series (REDSTONE, CO), Whitewater Winter Music Series (BUENA VISTA, CO), Art Fair on the Square (MADISON, WI), Albino Skunk Music Fest (GREER, SC), Downtown Summer Concert Series (WISCONSIN DELLS, WI), Steppin Out (BLACKSBURG, VA), Indie Music Week (TORONTO, CANADA), Out To Lunch Summer Concert Series (MISSOULA, MT), RedGorilla Music Fest (AUSTIN, TX), Sundays at Six (ALAMOSA, CO), Chalk Art Festival (CENTENNIAL, CO), Parker Days (PARKER, CO), Mountain Town Music Summer Concert Series (PARK CITY, UT), Arapahoe County Fair (AURORA, CO), Sounds on the Square (HAVRE, MT), Music On The Mo (GREAT FALLS, MT), Springs Resort Summer Concert Series (PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO), Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival (ESTES PARK, CO), Telluride On the Green Summer Concert Series (MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, CO)

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This World A Box

Tick Tock

The One I Want To Be

Lucky Me

Slow Down

This Idea

Isn't It Funny

In Moderation

A Toast

'll Beer Right Back

To Whom It May Concern

Just Say Cheese

The Reason


There Will Be Days


The Game


Live Now


Only You

Whiskey Kisses

Into The Wild


Made for the Mountains

Take Me Away

Waste of Time



My Home Is You

One Way Ticket


Here's to Happiness

Somehow I Knew

Wishing Well



Oh Boy (Buddy Holly)

For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield)

Glycerine (Bush)

You and I (Ingrid Michaelson)

Summertime (George Gershwin)

On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

YKMW Has Shared the Stage with Artists Such as:

The Ballroom Thieves, Trout Steak Revival, The Black Lillies, Whiskey Shivers, Andrew Combs, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbelly's, Jeff Austin Band, Sugercane Jane, Matthew Perryman Jones, and many others.



To view a list of past shows click HERE

YKMW have performed at over 200 breweries throughout the country. View our 'beery' full list HERE.


"Upon first listen these songs, stories and sounds seem to be plucked straight out of a soundtrack for a musical. Closing your eyes while listening fosters up images of a dark stage light in cool blues with two actors, their backs turned, spotlight on each exchanging verses of love or longing until that moment of unified crescendo where song and story begin to overlap. This stems from the unconventional or untraditional vocal styling the two bring to their sound. It is easy to pigeonhole or point out bands or musicians hailing from Nashville, but these two might as well have been born on the other side of the country. This isn’t necessarily a band thing, there is such a natural talent to You Know Me When and for the first time in quite awhile it may be a sound that is truly unique, or at least different in these musical times." – Ashland Daily Press, Ashland, WI


"A match made in musical heaven...Songwriting between the couple is much like the drumming, split between the two in a way that asks for perfect cohesion." ~ Raychel Johnson, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah

"You Knew Me When is all about carefully crafted music." ~ Boulder Weekly, BOULDER, CO

"Though this husband and wife duo hail from Nashville, their music can't simply be put in a box labeled "country'. There's a rawness in their vocals, a rock 'n' roll attitude in their guitar riffs, and a sweetness in their chemistry, which often culminates in their harmonies and lyrics. Their latest album, Into the Looking Glass is an inward-looking gaze at their past, together as a couple and as musical act, combining their folksy side with their downright gritty chord progression. It's a long, enjoyable ride." ~ Monterey County Weekly, MONTEREY, CA


"(You Knew Me When) an attractive fusion of folk and indie rock rich with pulsing and stirring beats." ~ South Dakota Public Radio


"YKMW are a class act and will brave the elements to warm your souls with their unique sound.  Truly traveling troubadours who are dedicated to their craft and are able to engage the audience through music.  Whether it be a small town pub or a concert hall, YKMW will bring the heat..." ~ Mike Kennedy, Bar Antidote, Vergennes, VT


 "You Knew Me When", a favorite duo of ours from Nashville! This talented couple has a smooth style, beautiful harmonies, and riffs that will remain stuck in your head for days afterward. This is a show you will not want to miss!”

 ~ Yellowstone Cellars, BILLINGS, MT


“Their harmony, arrangement, and dedication to crafting a well-written song is what is defining You Knew Me When as one of the more unique and passionate acts out there in music today.” – Matt Douglas, Muen Magazine


“With beautiful, soulful harmonies, it feels as though there's a full band playing a sound that often incorporates a ukulele and glockenspiel.” – The Source Weekly, BEND, OR


“They're a great live band that always manages to entertain the crowds. We enjoy them every time they're in the area. It seems like they're pretty consistent in picking us as a venue when they come to Moab, which is exciting for us because they're so talented.”  ~ Jake Tanner, Owner, The Blu Pig, MOAB, UT


“You Knew Me When is an incredible duo featuring the quality of music usually only produced by a much larger band. They combine wonderful harmonies, excellent musicianship and a completely original sound. We love having them at Murphy’s and so do guests.” – Derek Belanger, GM, Murphy’s Irish Pub, SONOMA, CA


"(You Knew Me When) A house favorite!" - Highalnds Hollow Brewhouse, BOISE, ID


Music’s appeal can come from out of nowhere. The pull of the universe on a musician, is to create what one has inside and offer it to the world.. When the creation and the appeal coincide as is the case for “You knew me when”’ prodigious things begin to happen. The professionalism and dedication from this duo is mind numbing and at the same time their spontaneity is captured in every live performance. – Ric Curtice, More Music Production, Bay Area, CA


“Husband-and-wife duo Cie and Karisa Hoover pursue an indie-rock sound marked by compelling lead and harmony vocals, driving rhythms and colorful flourishes. At times, the Nashville, Tenn. pair sounds like a darker, more electrified version of Over the Rhine; at others, it takes an approach reminiscent of the sort of pop songs Aimee Mann writes.” - Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, MO


"The songs flow together to form a singular, unique sound that sets the couple apart as musicians.  With a wide range of material, those in the audience rarely have trouble finding something they like."

~ St. Peter Herald, St. Peter, Minnesota


“With a blend of oft-elegiac vocals and ripe lyrics within a style wedged within a file marked indie rock, the duo arrive with a batch of new tunes…Raw beauty emerges from snippets of tracks posted such to compel ears to yearn for more.” - The Herald Courier, Bristol, VA


“This indie duo has an amazing ability to create a full sound and engage an audience with their variety of instruments. You Knew Me When made lasting memories for our patrons, and we look forward to having them here again in the future!” ~ Layne Robinson, Oreana Winery, Santa Barbara, CA


“You Knew Me When was awesome.  We are so glad they included us in their journey.  We hope they keep in touch and plan another gig here in the future.” ~Keshia Leon, Big Rock Urban, Vancouver, BC 


"Their collaborative sound is calm, mellow and good with a glass of wine.” ~ Northfield News - Northfield, MN


"You Knew Me When: Couple doing the Mates of States shtick but not actually Mates of State. Cute, easy listening music. RIYD: The Swell Season" ~ Heavy Rotation – WDCV-FM


"You Knew Me When has written a record that could potentially be the next big thing to the masses, just like what The Civil Wars did and what The Avett Brothers are currently doing." ~ CD Review – Muen Magazine


"Husband-wife duo You Knew Me When close to next step. Fans of melancholy indie rock and singer-songwriter fare probably will find something to like in Cie and Karisa Hoover's "You, Me, and the Rest of the World.”…This is a pair with talent and ability." – Tony Bennett, Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN

“(You Knew Me When) An indie folk duo with a sound that is much bigger than they appear. “ Wolfe Brewing Co., PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO


"You Knew Me When were an absolute pleasure to work with. We like that they brought something very original and unique to their Ocean Beach farmers market performance, and it was widely popular and accepted. They are welcome back here to San Diego and the West coast anytime." - Michael Head, Cabeza Records owner and Ocean Beach, CA, talent buyer

“As good as it gets…They (You Knew Me When) are definitely ,going places.”  ~ Kirk Bloemendaal, Take 16 Brewing, LUVERNE, MN

"You Knew Me When put on a great performance at the brewery!  They were talented, professional and friendly and I had multiple customers comment on how much they enjoyed listening to the duo.  We can't wait to have them play again!"  -Thirsty Street Brewing Co. Billings, MT


“You knew me when brought the action to our farm to table dinner.  We were amazed at the variety of sounds coming out of that duo, plus who is not infatuated with whiskey kisses.” – Mike Spayed, Spradley Farms, Carbondale, CO


“The arrangement and composition create a texture that’s like nothing I’ve ever heard; soothing, eerie and oddly beautiful. Listening to them perform, I was constantly reminded of Swedish vampire films with their bleak, dreary cinematography and cold, yet beautiful ambiance...In a private loft in downtown Nashville, the two (You Knew Me When) took the stage as completely unknown musicians, but by the end of the night they had made life-long fans of the entire audience. The Hayman Loft…was completely silent within a few moments of the duo starting their set: heads turned, people took their seats and before long it seemed as though there was nothing else in the world that mattered more than the music that was filling the room...Imagine a stripped-down acoustic version of Coldplay and a less pop-y Belle and Sebastian combined with the dark, almost haunting songwriting of the Decemberists...Their (You Knew Me When) key ingredient is simplicity, however its not for lack of talent or skill but rather a stream-lined and to-the-point approach to reaching the crowd, and its this beautiful simplicity that lends itself to the strange, wintery aura that enraptured the room while they were on stage...If you’re a fan of groups like Matt Costa, The Shins, The Postal Service, The Decemberists and Coldplay, then you simply must check out You Knew Me When.” -Jeff Greene, The Nashville Reel


"We were very excited to host You Knew Me When at our brewery.  These two musicians put on a great show and bring in a good crowd.  They played an amazing array of originals mixed in with nice variety of cover songs.  We look forward to having them back again on their next trip through the state!" ~Michael Hoard, Kalona Brewing Co., Kalona, IA


"Thanks again for coming into the station! It was a treat to have you here and to hear you play again!" ~ Amber McDaniel, KVNF Community Radio, Paonia, CO


“You Knew Me When represented themselves as professional music entertainers. They were on time, set up with great equipment and sound system. They worked well with the bar staff and, took charge of the music venue which worked very well for us here at Luna.  During the performance they talked about things that happened in their travels from town to town. They played a great selection of music.  Both are great entertainers and I highly recommend them.  They kept people in their seats all night and that kind of great entertainment makes a customer want to come back.  I would have them back any time!” ~Andy Shimek, Luna Art & Wine, Cedar Falls, IA


"They are great! We loved having them at the Riverside Hot Springs Inn! If you are looking for a great duo, look no further!" ~ Gail Palen, Riverside Hot Springs Inn, Idaho

"Having YKMW perform is like coming home." ~ Timeless Pints, LAKEWOOD, CA


"The duo's sound is up-beat enough to attract an audience from off the street - and stimulating enough to keep them in their seats for the entire evening. You Knew Me When demonstrated to me that they have what it takes to to create lasting memories for our guests. What more could any Pub owner ask?" ~ Jennifer Fox, Andy's Old Port Pub - Portland, ME


"You Knew Me When delivered the perfect performance for our crowd at Prairie Berry Winery. They were professional and timely in booking the show. They picked up on the tone of a relaxed Sunday afternoon and created a wonderful musical experience for our guests. There's a dynamism around the music Cie and Karisa create together that we know will keep them busy touring! We hope their tour routing will bring them back to the Black Hills of South Dakota for another stop at Prairie Berry Winery." ~ Sarah King, Prairie Berry Winery - Hill City, SD


"Being a big Ben Gibbard fan (Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service), I dare say this is some seriously good music. Well produced with great dynamics. I love these husband & wife duo projects, they always seem to harmonize better in some unique way." ~ Christopher Paxton, Event Producer - Live On the Green / WRLT Lightning 100.1FM


"We enjoyed a beautiful evening out on the patio with You Knew Me When.  They drew us in with their sweet songs and sounds, and we can't wait to have them back in San Diego again!" Stephanie Raso, Nate's Garden Grill, San Diego, CA


“Shout out to You Knew Me When! You guys blew me away! Thanks for being apart of Swiggs' history! All you music lovin' Swiggers our there... follow these 2 on their journey and catch their live performance if you can...” ~ Gina Jew, Swiggs, Fresno, CA


"We were so excited to have You Knew Me When perform at our bar and restaurant.  They provided a great evening of entertainment for regulars and tourists alike!  We can't wait for them to come back and share their music with us again!" ~Juli Mor, Spring Brook Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI 


“They are a husband/wife duo that makes incredible music together...In a nutshell, if Cie was yin, then Karisa is yang. These seemingly polar opposites in the music world seem to match and fit one another’s collective styles like a glove...Their self-titled CD offers haunting, brooding, yet somehow angelic vocal arrangements along with a wall of sound in their musicianship. The ambiance that they offer in their music is second to none as well...In essence, this is a CD that the listener can enjoy while sitting around a bonfire while the sunset adds a wonderful backdrop to the music. If one cherishes good songwriting, quality arrangements, and deep and poetic lyrical content, with a sense of catchiness to the songs and melodies, then this is the CD to get.” You Knew Me When CD Review – Muen Magazine


"You Knew Me When were a great fit for our wine bar.  They provided a perfect ambience with their relaxing harmonies, upbeat tunes, and clever lyrics.  We're so glad they made a stop in Monticello, Iowa and hope to have them back again soon! " Katie Farrowe, Co-Owner, The Jitney Wine Bar, Monticello, IA


"We're always looking forward to promote good music on RadioX and You Knew Me When fit perfectly."- Daniel URdaneta, Music Director , WNSU RadioX 88.5 FM


"You Knew Me When was a great fit for a picturesque Iowa evening outdoors on our farm filled with great songwriting, rhythms, harmonies, and melodies that stuck with you.  Our community really appreciates good music, and these two were just the ticket." ~Julia Stutzman, Stone Wall Brick Oven Pizza, Wellman, Iowa 


"We've been honored to have You Knew Me When play at our winery three times now, and every time they draw a great crowd and put on an awesome performance!  They even wrote a song about wine at our winery."  ~Steve & Bonita Patton, Post Town Winery, Rochester, MN


“It was great to have "You Knew Me When" at Corrales Bistro Brewery. Their youthful energy as a duo creates a full yet gentle sound that was well received by the audience and fit the room perfectly .  Original music and a visually interesting presentation make them a group we definitely hope to have back again.”  ~ Fritz Allen, Corrales Bistro Brewery, Corrales, NM


“You Knew Me When create an atmosphere that soothes, entertains, and engages the listener.  These two are good with a glass of wine, and we truly enjoyed having them perform at our wine bar.” ~Kellie Stevens, The BackRoom Wine Bar, Pagosa Springs, CO


“YKMW takes on a more ethereal, expansive and grand aesthetic than what one would imagine is reserved for boy-girl duos from Nashville.” -Jason Stringer, Salem Weekly, Salem, OR


"It was a true treat for myself, my staff, and my patrons to have You Knew Me When perform at The Living Room. Their music fit perfectly at our laid-back, speakeasy style establishment." -Lisa Mercado, The Living Room, Boynton Beach


“The music of You Knew Me When is an intoxicating blend of vocals with keyboard and a variety of string instruments. It's hard to believe such beautiful music is performed by only two musicians. Their performance was outstanding and enjoyed by all who came to hear them at Stellar Beans Coffee House. If you are a lover of music and art, you definitely want to experience the music of You Knew Me When! We look forward to their return to Lake Charles!” -Danita Noland, Stellar Beans Coffee House, Lake Charles, LA


"Irish food, beer, and live music by You Knew Me When, what a great way to spend an afternoon!  They were great and great with my costumers. We hope to have this talented duo back again soon!" ~Jon Racine, Dublin Sports Bar & Grill, Conover, WI


"You Knew Me When's music was perfect for our establishment and provided a great atmosphere for our patrons to enjoy. They were professional, enthusiastic, and gracious with their talents and their time. We loved having them perform at our bar and restaurant and would have them back in a second." ~ Anthony Sillitta, The Spaghetti Stain, Dover New Hampshire


"You Knew Me When kicked off our inaugural Thursday Night Music Series at the Lucky Bucket Tasting Room and fit the bill perfectly. Their music resonates with a wide audience and was a great vibe for our crowd." -Paul Albers, Tasting Room Manager, Lucky Bucket Brewing




"Into the Looking Glass" - July 2017

"The Only You EP" - April 2016

"We Found Roads" - April 2015

"You, Me, and the Rest of the World" - November 2012

All music available at, iTunes,, CD Baby, and other online retailers.

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