Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Welcome To Boulder Part 2
Katie Herzig

In my time in this industry, I've spoken with the likes of Steven Tyler, Art Garfunkel, Feist, John Hiatt and hundreds of other acts with ease, charisma and bolstering self-confidence. Who is the only singer that makes me buckle under the pressure so much that I've only been able to muster a simple incoherent stumbling "hey, good show" (great original comment Bodie, really)? She is the Heather Locklear to my Garth Algar. Sigh...

Katie Herzig hails from Ft. Collins, Colorado, though she calls Nashville her home now. Back in the day, a girlfriend of mine introduced me to Newcomers Home, a folk-bluegrass group that formed in Boulder while many of the members were students at the University of Colorado and headlined many of my evenings while at school. Now, why would a girl introduce her boyfriend to group with a female lead singer that plays guitar, spoons, djembe, and can make a newly married man question his recent commitment? That's shooting yourself in the foot. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for her, Boulder's Newcomers Home broke up in 2006 as Katie decided to push her fortune and move to Nashville for a shot at the solo career her fans saw coming.

After a few warm-up albums, Katie Herzig was signed to a budding record label which was followed by strategic and relentless outside-the-box promotions/alliances and finally had a few songs end up on Grey's Anatomy. Katie is now scheduled in the pristine line-up of the Hotel Cafe Tour where she'll be joining alums like KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap, M. Ward, Alexi Murdoch, Gomez, Brett Dennen, Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers and on and on. This year, The Hotel Cafe Tour is striclty estrogen-backed and features artists such as Herzig, Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Priscilla Ahn, Jaymay, Kaiser Cartel, Lenka, etc. In addtion, September's Paste magazine named her in their "Best of What's Next 2008" preview and called her style a "brightly textured acoustic pop that's clever yet sincere, sunny but grounded..." Apple Tree contains one of my very favorites that has been ending up on numerous mix CDs for friends.

Katie Herzig - Shovel

Herzig's most recent album, Apple Tree, is available (Radiohead-style) here for the price you're willing to pay for it OR passing along the artists' name to 3 friends. Very clever.

In closing, I think High Fidelity nailed my crush during their scene as they entered the venue to watch the seductive Marie De Salle. "Maybe a little picture of me in the liner notes."


Anonymous said...

Katie's record is really good and she's sweet in person too.

Have you heard Meiko's music? http://www.myspace.com/meiko

She's also on the Hotel Cafe Tour this fall - as she should be - up until recently she was still a bartender at that L.A. venue!

A true rising star - check her out.

Bodie Johnson said...

Thanks for writing in! I have heard of Meiko and actually saw here and posted on her just a week ago. Despite all the women in the Hotel Cafe Tour, I'm thinking I'll HAVE to check them all out.

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