New members, new label for Detour

Detour shows their enthusiasm for their new labelIn one of the least well-kept secrets in SW Virginia, Detour has been recording recently at Mountain Fever Studio in Willis. The Michigan band broke out nationally in 2012 with their album, A Better Place, and speculation about a follow-up has been rampant ever since.

Today it is announced that this next project will be released on the Mountain Fever Label, with a debut single set to hit next month. The song is Too Blue To Have the Blues, written by Detour mandolinist Jeff Rose and Terry Herd.

Rose shares the band’s comfort with their new partner, and label head Mark Hodges.

Jeff Rose of Detour“We are thrilled to be part of the Mountain Fever family. We have been talking with Mark for some time about the potential of working together and we have been constantly impressed with him as a label owner and as a person. He loves bluegrass music as much as we do and the quality of music that Mountain Fever is putting out is top notch. It is a great fit for us.

This is going to be fun!”

Lead vocalist, and bluegrass bright spot, Missy Armstrong concurs.

Missy Armstrong with Detour“Mark has become a dear friend and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with him and the entire Mountain Fever family!

I feel pretty blessed to play bluegrass music and being surrounded with such great folks makes it even more of a blessing.”

The new album will also feature two new faces. Jeremy Darrow has joined the band on bass, as has Lloyd Douglas on banjo. That leaves Peter Knupfer on fiddle and Scott Zystra on guitar.

All of Detour is pumped to get their 2014 touring underway with a show next month at the Joe Val Festival in Massachusetts.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.