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The Alternate Routes


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Bridgeport CT, United States (2002 – present)

The Alternate Routes is an American rock band based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and formed by Tim Warren (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars) and Eric Donnelly (electric guitars, backing vocals) in 2002 while studying at Fairfield University.

In 2005, the band recorded their debut album, Good and Reckless and True, with producer Jay Joyce in Nashville, TN. The next few years were spent touring and honing their live sound. In 2006, the band won an Independent Music Award for the song “Ordinary.” Later that year, the band signed with Vanguard Records.

In 2007, the band re-released Good and Reckless and True on Vanguard, and released a limited-edition acoustic album. This latter album, available only at shows, was affectionately titled The Brooklawn Sessions, referring to the house where Tim and then bass player Chip Johnson lived and recorded the album. On April 10, 2007, the Alternate Routes performed their single “Time is a Runaway” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

In 2008, the band recorded their follow-up LP, Sucker’s Dream, again with Jay Joyce in Nashville. While waiting for its release in February 2009, the band recorded a five song EP, The Watershed EP, at Tarquin Studios with producer Peter Katis in their hometown of Bridgeport.

In 2010, longtime band member Chip Johnson left the band to pursue his home studio, Alpine Red.

The Alternate Routes parted ways with Vanguard Records in 2010 and shortly headed back to Nashville to begin work on their third studio album, Lately. Produced by Teddy Morgan at Barrio East in Nashville over the course of 6 weeks, the album featured drummer Richard Medek and multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket.


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  • liam7777

    Please check out Nothing More (feat. Lily Costner) at Itunes - 50% of proceeds are for charity (Newtown Kindnes) For more info:

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • siddyburn

    Such an underrated band.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • aguzaguz

    All hail, The Alternate Routes. Hail!

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • theczar

    Saw these guys open for Toad the Wet Sprocket, and now i'm hooked. Great stuff

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • ViPeRx007

    I've listened to these guys for three straight days while at work. Good music makes for a good day and The Alternate Routes definitely deliver.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • muzikgates

    <3<3<3.. one of the best live bands I've seen (2)

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • liam7777

    The new album is great - Rocking Chair is a classic!

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • KaylaSoul

    <3 all

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • nowyoucanlaugh

    I'm just waiting for these guys to blow up - they've got so much potential. Check out some coverage here:

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • liam7777

    This band knows how to rock - one of the best live bands I've seen. Great songwriting, great musicians, GREAT BAND!

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • I_Love_Chocolat

    "Time is a Runaway" <3

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • hialliscool

    Ahhh, so good. <3

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • zuluglobe

    thank you very much for "Future is nothing new". terrific.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • siddyburn

    Stumbled on it while watching Van Wilders Freshman. I wish I could find their album... they got nice songs

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • danaajanssen

    I just stumbled upon this group and liked them more than Carbon Leaf (for whom they opened). They are great live...Tim has a really strong voice. When listening on-line, I was surprised at the resemblance to David Gray. This was not so much the case live, but they are awesome either way!

    16 Jul 2009 Reply
  • saral064

    I just heard these guys in AT L when I went to see another band and they opened. I enjoyed the alternate routes much better than the other band i paid to see. i'm officially obsessed with their music. I'm telling all my friends about them!

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • leo_zashid

    They will be popular...

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bulldogjm7

    these guys are pretty good. since they aren't too well known in nc, they have problems getting people to come to their shows, so they played in my friend's backyard and had a really good turnout which would have packed the brewery (a local venue in raleigh). it was awesome

    29 Jun 2009 Reply
  • music3451

    Can't believe these guys aren't more popular

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • lindseygop

    great band - just discovered them the other day

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
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