With all the bad news the city of Detroit has been receiving due to the city filing bankruptcy, it is refreshing to see something good from the city. Escaping Pavement out of Detroit, released their debut CD Uprooted in June of this year. The quartet is made up of Emily Burns, Aaron Markovitz, Niall Sullivan and Evan Profant. Their music is a blend of rock, country, folk and americana. Emily and Aaron share lead vocal duties and guitar while Niall handles bass and background vocals and Evan plays drums and background vocals. Emily and Aaron have been working together ever since they met at an open mic night. The two have played in various bands, worked on cruise ships and attended the Los Angles Music Academy College of Music together.
About the CD they describe it “If you listen to the lyrics of every song on the record, you can bring it all back to being uprooted in some way,” Aaron says. “It comes down to change, someone’s life changing in a way that’s out of their hands, like loss, or someone wanting change themselves. Being uprooted in life happens to everyone,” Emily says.
The songs are just good down to earth songs about life. The acoustic version of the song “Burn This Bridge” while good, I enjoyed the full version a whole lot more. The electric guitars and the drum really add to the song for me. Of the four songs I have heard from the CD my favorite was “Here Again” with the lyrics that are so relatable:
“Everything is headed for the wrong
Money in the bank well it’s all gone
Still you’re headed for
your surcharge ATM
You’ve got mouths to feed
But who cares about them and now we’re
In this broken dream
On this crazy scene
For reasons I can’t see
But for the last time”
The group has several shows this month in Austin, TX, Nashville and then back to Michigan. You can learn more about them by going to http://www.escapingpavement.com I will be featuring a couple of songs off the Uprooted CD on Front Range Radio this Sunday.