March 1, 2016 -- Bluegrass music fans are very familiar with the sounds and stellar talents of the band DETOUR. Their current album continues its groundbreaking success on the radio charts that helped garner the group an International Bluegrass Music Association Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014. While the band will head to the studio this year, they have discontinued this year’s tour. Band leader Jeff Rose stated that “After seven years of balancing touring with home life we have decided to take a break and recharge. We want to personally thank the promoters and fans for their compassion and understanding as we spend more time with our families and other responsibilities at home.”
Jeff also stated that “This will give us the time to write and develop new material as we prepare for a second album with Mountain Fever Records." Jeff noted that “We have connected with many of our favorite song writing heroes and look forward to the opportunity to co-write new material."
Their current release, Going Nowhere Fast, continues to be a true radio chart success with almost every track appearing on a variety of Bluegrass, Folk, and Gospel charts. The most accomplished song from this album is the first single release, “Too Blue To Have The Blues,” that reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly, Monthly and Year-End Chart, #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Top 40 Most Played Tracks and many more.
Detour will continue donating proceeds from the sale of their songs “Soldier’s Sorrow” (Going Nowhere Fast) and “Homeless of the Brave” (A Better Place) to Goodwill’s Patriot Place Project. The songs were written by Jeff Rose in direct response to a story that he heard on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans and since then, DETOUR’s fans and Mountain Fever Records have matched funds to the organization.
DETOUR’s fans are encouraged to keep up with the band this year by visiting detourbluegrass.com and Facebook.
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IBMA Award winners will be announced Thursday, October 2 beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern in the Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and Grammy-winning musician Jerry Douglas will serve as host of the Awards Show. The show is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass taking place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh.
Bluegrass fans heard DETOUR featured this morning on Sirius XM Radio and their show will be rebroadcast: August 14 at 9:00 PM EDT, August 16 at 8:00 AM EDT and August 17 at Noon EDT, and also available On Demand.
This evening, beginning at 7:00 PM Central, Music City Roots (Nashville’s acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale) will feature performances by Detour, Sam Bush, Balsam Range and Becky Buller. The show is available for viewing via webcast nationwide at http://www.musiccityroots.com or at the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville.
Detour certainly made their mark on the bluegrass scene over the last year with significant chart success for their Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST. This popular album includes the #1 Bluegrass Today chart single (July 2014) “Too Blue To Have The Blues” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd and is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart and #5 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20.
This highly anticipated concert will follow the International Bluegrass Music Association’s press conference where the 2014 IBMA Award Nominees will be announced.
Detour has celebrated significant chart success with their Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST that includes the #1 Bluegrass Today chart single (July 2014) “Too Blue To Have The Blues.” The song, written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, is currently #2 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Monthly Song Chart and #5 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20.
Music City Roots fans will certainly be impressed by the outstanding talents of Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).
For more information on DETOUR, please visit detourbluegrass.com, and join them on Facebook and Twitter.
Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans. To learn more about Patriot Place, please visit http://goodwillnmi.org/vets. Songwriter and band member, Jeff Rose is set to present another check to Lilly Nowicki, Event and Database Coordinator with Goodwill. For several years, the band has also been donating proceeds from their song ,”Homeless of the Brave” from their previous album A Better Place, to the organization.
Detour is now on tour including upcoming performance at the Bluegrass on the Plains Festival in Auburn, AL May 31-June 1; the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on June 25; the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, IN and many other large and notable events.
The band is well-known for their tight, focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies that take listeners down a unique bluegrass road. The band’s first single, “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, hit radio in February.
Detour is a “bluegrass powerhouse” that features heartfelt originals, tightly focused harmonies, and high-steppin’ instrumentals from a superbly talented sextet of veterans of Michigan’s bluegrass scene. “Quarterline Road,” the kick-off tune from the group’s latest CD, A Better Place, soared to the top of BluegrassToday.com’s weekly airplay chart and scored in the top 50 of Roots Music Report’s national folk/bluegrass charts.
Radio stations can download “Soldier’s Sorrow” at airplaydirect.com/music/Detour2. “Homeless of the Brave” can be downloaded at airplaydirect.com/music/Detour. “Soldier’s Sorrow” can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, Mountain Fever Records, Detour’s website and many more outlets.
Detour is now on tour and includes the talents of: Melissa Armstrong (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar); Jeff Rose (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin); Peter Knupfer (Fiddle); Scott Zylstra (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar); Jeremy Darrow (Bass); and Lloyd Douglas (Banjo). For more information, please visit Detour online at DetourBluegrass.com
We took our maiden voyage to the bluegrass mecca of Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom festival, spent several unforgettable days playing and listening at the Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, California, and made many new friends at a dozen other festivals and venues. Along the way, our songs continued to spin out from the Bluegrass Junction radio central to attract even more wonderful listeners to our music -- so many, in fact, that we made it to the second ballot in six award categories for the International Bluegrass Music Association. We were able to give another $1000 to Patriot Place to assist homeless veterans in Northern Michigan. The Good Lord, aided by some expert surgeons and wide-awake nurses in Marion, Ohio, pulled our indefatigable sound man Jimmy Kittle back from the brink with a timely arterial stent during our run down to the Appalachian Uprising festival in southeastern Ohio. Jimmy is back at the console, duly following Peter’s insistent instructions to turn down the banjo and pump up the fiddle.
And now we head to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and on to Raleigh for a week of showcases and meet & greets with industry professionals at the IBMA annual conference. We’ve been previewing some new material for another recording and thinking about where this next venture will take us. It will be an exhausting yet exhilarating week of music and meetings, but all of it highlights the excitement of playing this great music with such talented partners while wondering what awaits us on the Road That Lies Ahead.
And of course, we are blessed with such a loyal, dedicated, and enthusiastic crowd of families and fans who encourage our creative spirit and fortify our love of a great musical tradition. Here’s lookin’ to an even greater 2013, from Team Detour -- Jeff, Jack, Scott, Missy, Peter, Kevin, Jimmy.