Kenny Karr - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Foot Drums/Harmonica
Growing up in a small town in Texas, Kenny began playing music from Singer/Songwriters like Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and others in the mid 70's after seeing the success his older cousin was having playing bars in east Texas, while in College. He's been playing, singing and writing music ever since. Kenny played guitar, bass and vocals in several Country and Southern Rock Bands while living in Texas in the mid 80's. When he moved to Central Florida, he branched out into Folk, Rock, Blues and Singer/Songwriter styles of music as part of the band 'Proper People' from 2009 to 2012.
After moving to south Florida in 2012, he concentrated on getting his fitness business up and running, putting his music aside.
Eager to get back into the music scene, in 2014 Kenny began searching for musicians to form a new band that would be similar in style to the band he left behind in Orlando, but have it's own identity and uniqueness. The result of that search is his newly formed band Altered Roots.
Amy Snow - Vocals
Amy grew up in Massachusetts, and her childhood home was always filled with music, as her mother, grandmother and sister all loved to sing and play various instruments. Developing her vocal skills, Amy sat in with several local bands as a guest singer.
After relocating to South Florida in 2014 with her husband John, and their daughter Tori., she sat in as a guest singer with a local country band in Florida.
Amy and Kenny connected on a musician's website in July, 2019, and agreed to meet to go through the band's song list, to see how they fit together musically.
After jamming and singing together for a couple of hours in Kenny's music room, they both agreed that this would be a good fit.
Amy was excited to be joining Altered Roots and ready to get started!
Bob joined Altered Roots in 2014 after he and Kenny discovered each other on Craigslist. They were both looking for the same type of band! He especially clicked with Kenny’s idea for doing a wide variety of songs but doing them differently based on the musical “roots” of the members. As a member, Bob mostly takes care of the low side of the musical equation on acoustic bass guitar or bass ukulele. But, like the mad Scientist he is at heart, Bob continually experiments so now you might see him on tenor banjo or mandolin as well!
Steve Handras - Lead Guitar
Steve Handras grew up in the melting pot that is Long Island, New York, listening to a very wide variety of music in practically all genres. This truly has shaped his distinctive guitar-playing style. After moving to South Florida, Steve picked up a guitar in early 2000 and was intrigued with its complexity and intense sound. Music has since become Steve's refuge and his abyss to pour all of life’s emotions and challenges into. Over the years Steve has embraced the never-ending grind of perfecting his guitar playing abilities. As a self-taught musician, Steve makes it a rule to pick up his guitar every single day to create music.
Steve has performed with several bands over the years playing both lead and rhythm guitar. and has been playing both lead and rhythm guitar using an Olympic White, Fender American Stratocaster he bought in 2004, after he fell in love with the music of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Guns & Roses, Bush and Creed. It is customized with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup in the bridge and he uses Ernie Ball strings. He plays his Strat through a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue 22-watt amplifier, with only a few effects pedals for a pure, piercing sound.
Steve joined Altered Roots in June 2019, and was quoted as being "energized by the opportunity to play lead guitar for Altered Roots, a unique band consisting of motivated musicians with an extensive range of talent."