First single from new Detour album

Detour fans have been anxiously awaiting new music from the band since word first started circulating about a new recording some months ago. Expectations have been high since the success they enjoyed with their last record, A Better Place, and today Mountain Fever Records has announced a debut single from their upcoming album.

Too Blue To Have The Blues is a co-write between Detour mandolinist Jeff Rose, and Bluegrass Today’s Terry Herd. It’s sung by the band’s fast rising star, Missy Armstrong, who recalls the first time she heard this one.

“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.”

Rose tells how the song got its start.

“Songwriters are always waiting for that phrase that jumps out. 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.”

Here’s just a taste…


In addition to Rose and Armstrong, the band consists of Peter Knupfer on fiddle, Scott Zystra on guitar, Lloyd Douglas on banjo and Jeremy Darrow on bass.

Radio programmers can download the track now from Airplay Direct. The single is available from iTunes.

Look for the new album, as yet untitled, later this year.

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