Five Firsts: Hunter Sagehorn of Alta Mira

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Alta Mira at Northern Lights in September, 2009. Photo by Terrance McNally.

NAME: Hunter Sagehorn

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first CD I can remember buying with my own money was “II” by Boyz II Men. What can I say, even at nine years old I was a softie.

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Neil Young used to put on these Christmas concerts to benefit cerebral palsy, which both of his sons suffered from. They were put on at churches in the San Fransisco Bay Area, and our dad took the family to these for a few years. We were pretty young, elementary school-aged, so I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but I do remember them fondly.

The first concert I went to without parental supervision was to see Third Eye Blind on the campus of UC Berkely when I was in the sixth grade. They started out in San Fransisco, so when they exploded that year it was a big deal in the area. The Bay Area was kind of a hotbed for the alternative-pop-rock bands that were getting signed to big record deals in the mid-90’s, and that’s what I grew up listening to. I guess that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I played the trumpet middle school. By high school, I had decided to pursue other interests, but I wish that I had stuck with it. The first guitar I ever played was my mom’s late-70’s Japanese Epiphone acoustic. I still play it all the time, and I think it sounds better every day.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters at a high school open mic.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I did a lot of jamming with friends in high school, but my first real band was an early incarnation of Alta Mira. Tommy, August and I started playing together our first year out of high school, and we were introduced to Joe not long after that. We cut our teeth playing acoustic sets at coffee shops and open mics in 2005 and 2006 before changing our name to Alta Mira and finally figuring out what our “sound” was. We’ve been making music together for five years now, and still manage to challenge each other creatively, which I think is a rare and rewarding opportunity.

Hunter Sagehorn and the other members of Alta Mira will be performing in Albany’s Washington Park this weekend, as part of the annual Tulip Festival. You can find them at the Lakehouse Amphitheater Stage at 3:30pm on Saturday. Admission is, of course, free.

Sagehorn and Matthew Carefully will also be making their debut as a new duo, Rosary Beards, at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday, to kick off the CD release party for Carefully’s new disc, “Community Balloon.” Admission is $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

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One Response to “Five Firsts: Hunter Sagehorn of Alta Mira”

  1. nickasdfkjhlkdsf says:

    awesome… that kid sure can do some sassy guitar stylings. really who doesn’t own a boyz II men album??

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