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.
Sarah Cass - Vocals
From the moment she joined school choir in third grade, Sarah has not stopped singing. At 14 she began professional voice lessons to hone the craft she loved. Concurrently, she was accepted into the Connecticut Children’s Chorus and regularly performed with the Hartford symphony, Hartt School, and numerous other professional musicians. She also lead her school’s vocal jazz quintet and did regular solo work with the school’s jazz band.
In 2005, Sarah set out to pursue a career in Music Education at the University of Connecticut. After much deliberation she instead completed an English degree with a music minor and went on to finish a Master’s in education and become a secondary English teacher. She did not stop singing though! Sarah attributes her affinity for harmonies to her experience working with several different A Cappella groups whom she also arranged music for (yes - it was a little bit like Pitch Perfect).
Sarah currently works in yacht sales, and in her spare time enjoys performing with local bands whose styles range from Rock, contemporary, and jazz, to country. Always on the lookout for a new experience she discovered Altered Roots in 2018. The style, philosophy and sound of the group were a great match – a perfect fit.
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."
Rita Liebel - Drums/Percussion
From childhood, ever since she started playing the organ at age 6, Rita has developed a love and passion for music.
After college, she continued taking piano lessons, but finally followed her heart and learned to play the instrument that she had always been drawn to the drums. Since moving to South Florida ten years ago, Rita has been playing with local cover bands, playing genres ranging from classic rock to alternative, pop, R&B and country. She loves playing out and getting the crowd on their feet. Rita continues to broaden her drumming skills and education by attending annual week-long drum clinics by well-known drumming educators.
Rita’s creativity reaches all aspects of her life. Her professional background includes architecture, design, fashion and digital communications & marketing. Her passion is all things creative.
When the opportunity came to play with Altered Roots, Rita was excited about the chance to explore her musical creativity playing in an original band with musicians with a broad range of talent.