Detour is familiar to just about anyone who frequents the Northern Michigan music festival scene. They’re known as a straight-ahead bluegrass band with lots of bounce and lightning-fast picking and fiddling. They’re from Michigan and regularly hit the national charts. A couple of summers ago, Detour added a female lead singer. She’s Missy Armstrong and was a fan of the band before joining it. She's given a whole new sound to the band. What attracted her was the fact that Detour performs with a lot of joy and team-effort.
Missy says, "We certainly all feel blessed that this is something that we get to do and we have a great time doing it. So I hope that when they listen or they come to one of our shows that they leave thinking, 'Man, that was a good time. That was fun. They're enjoying what they're doing. They're playing music together and I think that that is what makes a band stand out."
The members of Detour have a good sense of humor about themselves. They don’t have any pretense about coming from Michigan and not the foothills of the Ozarks. Jeff Rose, one of the founding members of Detour, once heard, “If you’re north of the Mason-Dixon line you can’t have a song on the bluegrass charts.” "My Life Just Ain't a Bluegrass Song" proved that wrong. It went up to number 20 on the bluegrass charts.
Detour performs Saturday, June 9 at the Northport Community Center and Saturday, June 16 at the Spirit of the Woods Music Festival in Brethren.