Detour Continues Support of Homeless Veterans

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In the photo L-R – Jeff Rose (Detour band member and songwriter); John Bratten (Veteran, Recipient of Patriot Place Good Move Award 2014); and Kathleen Arndt (Patriot Place Program Director)

DETOUR is proud to announce they have presented additional funds to Goodwill’s Patriot Place Project from proceeds of the sale of their songs “Soldier’s Sorrow” and “Homeless of the Brave.” Yesterday, band member Jeff Rose presented Kathleen Arndt, Patriot Place Program Director, a check in the amount of $2,000. An additional $3,000 in matching funds will also be donated from Detour’s fans along with future donations from the band’s record label, Mountain Fever Records.

2014-detour-album-going-nowhere-fast-200w“Soldier’s Sorrow” appears on the DETOUR’s current album, GOING NOWHERE FAST on Mountain Fever. “We are honored to be able to be part of this effort to assist homeless Veterans. All of the friends of Detour have been so supportive of this effort and we thank them for buying our music to make these donations possible. You just can’t beat the Bluegrass Music family,” said Rose.

Mountain Fever Records President, Mark Hodges certainly agrees saying, “Bluegrass is the most personable genre of any music. It’s more like one big family and when you have such big hearted and humble people like Jeff Rose and Missy Armstrong along with the rest of Detour, it’s easy to see how their fans and friends are so willing to help out and get involved with this great cause that they have chosen to support. I’m proud to know them and honored to work with them.”

detour-albumcover200Several years ago, Rose wrote “Homeless of the Brave” (from their previous album A BETTER PLACE) as a direct response to a story that he heard on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans. He was stunned to learn that there are approximately 70,000 homeless veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone. He then made the decision to donate proceeds of the sale of the song to Goodwill’s Patriot Place that is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans.

For more information on Goodwill’s Patriot Place, please visit their goodwillnmi.org/homeless-housing/patriot-place/.
For more information on DETOUR, please visit detourbluegrass.com and MountainFever.com.

Detour Receives IBMA Award Nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year

Detour Bluegrass 11Detour bluegrass band featuring the talents of Missy Armstrong, Jeff Rose, Peter Knupfer, Scott Zystra, Lloyd Douglas, and Jeremy Darrow, received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. Final nominees for the 2014 IBMA Awards were announced today during a press conference held at The Factory in Franklin, TN hosted by Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale.

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.

For more information on the band, please visit www.detourbluegrass.com.

For more information on IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, please visit www.ibma.org.

Detour Joins Sam Bush, Balsam Range, Becky Buller at Music City Roots August 13, 2014

Music-City-Roots-620Detour bluegrass band is proud to announce they will perform Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Music City Roots – Nashville’s acclaimed Roots and Americana variety show hosted by Jim Lauderdale. This live concert event, featuring Sam Bush, Detour, Balsam Range and Becky Buller, will be webcast nationwide at musiccityroots.com or via the new Livestream app for phones and tablets. Fans can also tune in to Hippie Radio 94.5 FM in Nashville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at MusicCityRoots.com.

Detour Bluegrass 12This 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.

Music City Roots is held at The Factory at Franklin Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin TN 37064. Please visit them at www.MusicCityRoots.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

Detour Celebrates #1 Single “Too Blue To Have The Blues”

20140711-161107-58267965.jpgThe buzz surrounding the bluegrass band DETOUR continues as they kick off July with the #1 song on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Top 20 Song Chart. “Too Blue to Have the Blues,” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, appears on the band’s Mountain Fever Records’ album GOING NOWHERE FAST.

“Too Blue To Have The Blues” and GOING NOWHERE FAST made it in the Song of the Year and Album of the Year categories on the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2nd round award ballot. Results of that ballot will determine the final award nominees for 2014 IBMA Awards. DETOUR has a very strong presence as they also appear in the Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Emerging Artist categories, along with a well deserved nod for Melissa (Missy) Armstrong in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

GOING NO WHERE FAST also includes many other notable tracks including the moving “Soldier’s Sorrow” – a song that has certainly touched the hearts of their fans. As DETOUR continues to support homeless veterans from sales of the song, they were honored that three of their fans have joined Mountain Fever Records by generously matching dollar for dollar in donations. For several years, the band has also been donating proceeds from another song, “Homeless of the Brave” from their previous album A BETTER PLACE.

DETOUR is now on tour with 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).

Fans can see them live tonight at the Homecoming Arts Explosion at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI and tomorrow at Aten Place in Byne Falls, MI. This top notch band will also be performing at numerous other festivals and events this year including the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Woodstown, NJ, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS and many more. For a complete tour schedule, please visit http://www.detourbluegrass.com/, and join them on Facebook and Twitter @detourbluegrass, #detourbluegrass.

Detour Debuts on Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart

2014-detour-album-going-nowhere-fastThe powerful and talented bluegrass band, DETOUR, made their debut this morning at #6 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart with their popular new single “Too Blue To Have The Blues.” The song was written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd. Missy Armstrong, one of the most talked about new female vocalist in acoustic music, lends her beautiful lead vocals to the song that is highlighted by the tremendous talents of Peter Knupfer (Violin), Scott Zystra (Guitar & Vocals), Jeff Rose (Mandolin & Vocals), Lloyd Douglas (Banjo), and Jeremy Darrow (Bass).

“We are incredibly blessed to work with the best DJ’s in music. We can’t thank them enough for the long hours and tireless work they put into getting bluegrass to all the music loving ears. We are so excited and humbled they’ve given our song a spot on their playlists,” said Missy.

Mountain Fever Records recently released the digital version of Going Nowhere Fast available on iTunes, Amazon.com and dozens of other outlets with the physical album releasing soon. For direct digital download including the covers and inserts, contact Mountain Fever at radio@mountainfever.com and visit mountainfever.com.
Fans can learn more about Detour including upcoming tour dates, please visit detourbluegrass.com and join them on Facebook, Twitter.

DETOUR Releases New Single – “Too Blue To Have The Blues”

dj.qbihviqf.170x170-75“Guaranteed air-play right out of the box! Not too many songs can actually obtain that status but this one does for sure!” – Prescription Bluegrass Media
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detour-joeval-2014The tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies of Michigan bluegrass band Detour, are about to get a broader listening audience. Detour will release the first single off their upcoming Mountain Fever Records album TODAY. The single is titled “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” and was co-written by Detour’s own Jeff Rose and longtime bluegrass songwriter and radio DJ, Terry Herd. Their sound had taken listeners down a unique bluegrass road for years and this new venture is no different.

Detour bandleader Jeff Rose says, “Blues is a huge part of bluegrass. Most songs about the blues revel in swimming in the blues. This song is about being beyond the blues, so low that you have to look up to even see the blues. For Detour it shows a whole new level of grassiness.”

With bandmate Melissa “Missy” Armstrong on lead vocals, by the end of the second line of the first verse, there is no doubt that the blues are about to be crushed.

“Missy Armstrong is my favorite singer,” Rose says. Most people know of her from her mid-tempo bluegrass and ballads but she also has a blues side to her voice that is riveting. Our last CD “A Better Place” focused mostly on her sweet side. “Too Blue” is one of the songs on the new CD that really show off the blue side of Missy.”

Armstrong is a fan of the song too. “It’s always interesting to see a song from its beginning to its release. I remember hearing this song for the first time in an air conditioned tent behind the stage at a festival in Kentucky. The entire band took to it immediately. I love the way a song takes on a life of it’s own!” says Missy Armstrong.

“Songwriters are always waiting for that phrase that jumps out,” Rose observes. “While at a festival in Kentucky, I heard something that led to the idea that you could be so blue that you couldn’t even have the blues. I created the music and the lyrics. Then leaned on my friend Terry Herd to help me wrap the song with a third verse. Most of my songs have a positive message so this was a departure for me ,” he says with a chuckle.

The single and album was recorded at Frontier Recording, frontierrecording.com, engineer Scott Zylstra, production Jeff Rose/Scott Zylstra. Mastered by Brandon Hodges at Dead Oak Mastering. It’s the record they’ve wanted to make for some time.

“We are super excited about our first single from this album,” Rose says. “Too Blue To Have The Blues” showcases the blue side of Missy Armstrong and the inescapable fact that we love playing bluegrass.”

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

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We are proud to announce DETOUR is eligible in the following categories for 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. If you are a voting member, we thank you for considering DETOUR when voting.

detour-albumcover200Album of the Year – A Better Place
Song of the Year – Quarterline Road
Emerging Artist of the Year – Detour
Female Vocalist of the Year – Melissa “Missy” Armstrong

A BETTER PLACE for ALBUM OF THE YEAR consideration
– 8 Months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart
– 3 Songs to Chart on Bluegrass Today Top 20 since June 2012: Quarterline Road, Lovin’ Liza Jane, Everything is Nothing as it Seems
– 9 months on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart
– Bluegrass Today’s Top Favorite Albums of 2012 by David Morris
– Prescription Bluegrass Top 15 Albums of 2012
– Roots Music Report Top 100 Bluegrass Albums 2012
– Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass
– Roots Music Report Michigan #1 for most weeks since release

Quarterline Road for your SONG OF THE YEAR consideration
– #1 twice on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart
– #2 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart
– #4 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Monthly Chart
–  #3 of Bluegrass Express Top 20 Songs for 2012
– Numerous times near the top of Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks

MISSY ARMSTRONG for FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR and DETOUR for EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR consideration…

A year ago DETOUR was not that well known in the bluegrass world. With the release of their current album A BETTER PLACE on June 1, 2012 all of that changed.  Airplay, charting, recording contract offers, signing with Roe Entertainment for representation and Hope River Entertainment for album support have all added up to a whirlwind year.  “We never imagined that an unknown band on an independent label with a self-produced album would have gotten the kind of attention we have.” said Jeff Rose Detour band leader and songwriter.  It is very humbling indeed.”

“Every once in a while that perfect combination of people come together to form a musical union unequaled anywhere. Stephane Grappelli and Django Rheinhardt, Les Paul and Mary Ford, the Beatles and now Missy Armstrong and Detour. When Missy joined the already formed band, it was like closing the switch and making the connection on an electrical circuit.  She made the band’s sound complete.  Missy’s delivers her vocals with true emotion that only comes from a natural gift.” – Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass

“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 (Detour), who I think is destined to start showing up among the nominees for IBMA female vocalist of the year. I picked up the CD 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.” – David Morris, Bluegrass Today

“What Detour is doing requires a specific kind of musical virtuosity, and it has it in spades.”
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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.