The group has made a big splash with their latest CD, A Better Place, whose opening track, Quarterline Road, has spent several weeks at or near the top of our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart since it was released last month.
Detour is anchored by the lead vocals of their most recent member, Missy Armstrong, with Jeff Rose on mandolin, Scott Zylstra on guitar, Jack Grant on bass, Peter Knupfer on fiddle and Kevin Gaugier on banjo. Though Missy is the primary vocalist, all but Peter take a share of the vocal duties.
Jim Roe, principal at Roe Entertainment, tells us that he has had his eye on the band for almost a year.
“After the 2011 WOB Missy sent me some roughs on a few cuts that were going to be coming out on Detour’s new CD A Better Place. I was truly blown away from the first listen and have been in touch with them ever since. When I saw the radio airplay immediately take off, I made plans to see the entire band perform live, and again I was blown away.
They are the complete package on and off the stage – great material and arrangements on their originals and covers. They have been playing predominantly in the Midwest the past several years, mostly in Michigan, but they are ready to go coast to coast now and I don’t think a detour will stop them from doing it.”
Detour joins other notable acts like Danny Paisley, The Tuttles with A.J. Lee, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, The Expedition Show, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper as Roe clients.
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