Alternate Routes, Katie Herzig On Mountain Stage

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Led by singer Tim Warren and guitarist Eric Donnelly, The Alternate Routes emerged from Bridgeport, Conn., with a serious knack for harmonies, pop hooks and stylistically diverse, feel-good rock 'n' roll. Along with Chip Johnson on bass and keys, Mike Sembos on electric guitar and David Grant on drums, the group makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage to promote The Watershed EP, with a second full-length release set for February. To create that driving "cha-chunk" sound at the end of "Future's Nothing New," the group wired a microphone into a tackle box filled with nuts and bolts.

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The Alternate Routes' members have a serious knack for pop harmonies and feel-good rock 'n' roll. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Following The Alternate Routes is Katie Herzig, part of an emerging scene of alternative pop music coming out of Nashville. Featured in the Ten Out of Tenn compilation series, Herzig has been associated with the "Next BIG Nashville" movement, along with other former Mountain Stage guests such as Butterfly Boucher, Andy Davis and Matthew Perryman Jones. The Colorado native performs three songs from her recent Apple Tree, which is available on her Web site as a pay-what-you-want download. She is joined on Mountain Stage by Jordan Brooke Hamlin on electric guitar and Claire Indie on cello. Proving the spontaneity of live performance radio, Herzig innocently forgets to bring her capo on stage with her. What can't be heard, though, is the scrambling amongst the musicians in the wings to be the first to offer up a replacement.

This segment originally ran Nov. 11, 2008.



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