Digital Only Release of New Detour Album “Going Nowhere Fast” Now Available

“Frankly, this band just blew us away.” ~ Prescription Bluegrass

“Detour is poised to put Michigan on the bluegrass map. Watch for this band to break the speed limit!” ~ Bluegrass Breakdown, California Bluegrass Association

2014-detour-album-going-nowhere-fastMountain Fever Records will soon release the brand new, highly anticipated album Going Nowhere Fast by Michigan’s popular bluegrass band, DETOUR. With an almost magical buzz surrounding this band for the past 2 years as a special to fans, Mountain Fever is releasing a full album digital download starting today. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and dozens of other outlets.

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.

Band members include Missy Armstrong (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

For direct digital download including the covers and inserts, contact Mountain Fever at radio@mountainfever.com

For more information on Detour, visit www.detourbluegrass.com or www.mountainfever.com

Detour Bluegrass Band Continues Support of Homeless Veterans

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Detour-Bluegrass-Jeff-and-Lilly-500wDETOUR, a power-house bluegrass band based in Michigan, announced last year they would be donating proceeds from the sales of their song “Homeless Of The Brave” to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans. Last week, songwriter and band member, Jeff Rose presented another check to Lilly Nowicki, Event and Database Coordinator with Goodwill.

Ruth Blick, the Director of Marketing and Communications with Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan said, “Thank you, to you and the band for your continued commitment to Patriot Place and our veterans experiencing homelessness across the country. You will never truly know the impact that the song and support has on so many lives.”

The song, “Homeless of the Brave” appears on DETOUR’S current album, “A BETTER PLACE.” Jeff Rose wrote the song after hearing on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans. “I am still just absolutely stunned there are approximately 70,000 homeless veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone”. The song is a story about American veterans who return home, only to find they cannot get jobs, or in some cases, even find places to live and sleep.

listen-smIt’s time we stand up and say,
there’ll be hell to pay, if another soldier dies upon these streets,
In the richest land on earth, please tell me what it’s worth,
if we let them go down in defeat, oh there has to be a way that we can save,
those living in the land of the free and the homeless of “The Brave.”

To learn more about Patriot Place and the song “Homeless of the Brave,” please visit www.goodwillnmi.org/vets. Radio stations can download Public Service Announcements and Detour’s music at airplaydirect.com/music/detour.

DETOUR 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); Jack Grant (Harmony & Lead Vocals; Bass); and Kevin Gaugier (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo). For more information, please visit DETOUR online at DetourBluegrass.com, Facebook and Twitter .

It’s “A Better Place” for Detour Bluegrass Band Band Continues to Top the Radio Charts

banner-detourPowerhouse bluegrass band, DETOUR, begins the new year with a bang as chart success for their album, A BETTER PLACE continues to pour in. This stellar project is currently: #10 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart; appears on Bluegrass Today’s Top Favorite Albums of 2012 by David Morris; is #3 on WYCO Radio’s The Bluegrass Express Top 20 Songs for 2012; and one of Prescription Bluegrass’ Top 15 CDS of 2012.  “Frankly, this band just blew us away,” said Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass.

Detour band member and songwriter Jeff Rose said, “We believe that deejays are truly unsung heroes of the bluegrass music world and we are deeply grateful for the support that we have received from them over the past year.”

Jeff penned “Quarterline Road” that has been all over numerous charts since the album’s release last year.  It hit #1 twice on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Top 20 Song chart, is currently at #10 on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs Chart, and has appeared numerous times on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks chart with the album now appearing on the Most Played Albums chart.

Another hot single, “Lovin’ Liza Jane” written by band member Missy Armstrong, is #10 on this month’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs Chart and appeared near the top of SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks last month. David Morris of Bluegrass Today recalled, “Last August, walking from the parking lot toward the stage at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, I heard a voice that stopped me in my tracks. It belonged to Missy Armstrong, who I think is destined to start showing up among the nominees for IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. I picked up their album, A BETTER PLACE, that day in the merchandise tent and it’s been in regular rotation ever since. Jeff Rose is a talented songwriter, the band is tight and the project is top-shelf.”

DETOUR is donating proceeds from the sales of its song “Homeless Of The Brave” to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans.  Detour recently presented Goodwill with a check for $1,000 which is the first of what they hope will be many installments.  Radio stations can download the PSA’s, plus the entire album at AirplayDirect.

A BETTER PLACE is available for purchase online at iTunes, Amazon, Elderly.com, Countysales.com and CDBaby.com.

DETOUR is currently on tour and will soon announce another exciting new single release that includes new on an upcoming new music video. Fans are encouraged to visit the band online at their website, Facebook and Twitter for more news and videos.

Detour Bluegrass Band Partners with Goodwill to Help Homeless Veterans

The Michigan based bluegrass band DETOUR is donating proceeds from the sales of its song “Homeless Of The Brave” to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project. Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans.  Detour recently presented Goodwill with a check for $1,000 which is the first of what they hope will be many installments.

The song, which is included on their newest release “A Better Place”, was written by band member Jeff Rose as a direct response to a story that he heard on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans.  Rose was “stunned to learn that there are approximately 70,000 homeless veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone”.

The song is a story about American veterans who return home, only to find they cannot get jobs, or in some cases, even find places to live and sleep.  The chorus of the song sums up the hopefulness that Detour has for this project:

It’s time we stand up and say,
there’ll be hell to pay, if another soldier dies upon these streets,
In the richest land on earth, please tell me what it’s worth,
if we let them go down in defeat, oh there has to be a way that we can save,
those living in the land of the free and the homeless of “The Brave.”

Rose wrote most of the song and finished it on the way to a Veteran’s Day performance in Manistee.  Rose performed the song with Missy Armstrong, Detour’s lead singer that evening to an enthusiastic, lengthy standing ovation.  Based on that response and the ongoing feedback that Detour has received around the song they decided to seek a partnership with Goodwill to do whatever they can to assist homeless veterans.   Rose noted that “I find it totally unfathomable that this situation exists in America, with all of the abundance that we enjoy”.

Michigan “bluegrass powerhouse” Detour has two songs from their current release  “A Better Place” in the top ten  on the national bluegrass charts and is targeting airplay for the “Homeless Of The Brave” across the country with the goal of helping to raise even more awareness and funds.

Detour’s “A Better Place” CD is available online at Elderly.com, Countysales.com and CDBaby.com   Downloads of the song may be purchased through iTunes, Amazon and other online retail outlets.

The needs of homeless veterans are significant.  Frequently, veterans have experienced horrific scenarios in war zones, resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These challenges often lead to substance abuse issues.  Sometime the skills learned while in active duty do not necessarily easily translate into the civilian workforce.  However, these men have learned many other very employable leadership skills – they just need our help. Each of these factors can contribute to homelessness, and studies have shown that veterans overcome such obstacles in an environment of their peers.

Goodwill’s Patriot Place helps homeless veterans:
– cope with mental disabilities such as PTSD
– overcome substance abuse issues
– secure income through employment or VA and/or Social Security/Disability benefits
– find permanent housing.

To learn more about the song “Homeless of the Brave” visit Detour Bluegrass  or www.goodwillnmi.org/vets

Radio stations can download Public Service Announcements and Detour’s music at airplaydirect.com/music/detour