Katie Herzig is a good example of how the music machine works in these days of crumbling record labels and multi-tentacled forms of media exposure. Like so many before her, the Colorado-born singer-songwriter moved to Nashville, but her success didn't come from Music Row or Opry-aping aesthetics — she favors pop sheen over country fringe. Herzig's songs have sneaked through in television soundtracks and car commercials, but she's also done enough to wow the establishment, earning a Grammy nomination in 2007. This year's The Waking Sleep
proves that she's adept at planting earworms (the bubblegum stomper "Hey Na Na") as well as big-hearted, full-voiced ballads like "Lost and Found."
You May Know Her From: The Ten out of Tenn tours that regularly trot out up-and-coming singer-songwriters from the Volunteer State. Fellow package-tour vet Butterfly Boucher opens the show.