Backstage Pass: Escaping Pavement

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Escaping Pavement and discussed Americana and touring the mitten state. You can check him out on our Indie Country/Folk Station on

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Trying to achieve an old, americana sound is hard to come by these days around Detroit. With so many different genres that float around the city, it seems like traditional tunes are few and far between. Escaping Pavement are fairly new around town, but have strong roots thanks to two phenomenal duo, Emily and Aaron, who have for the last couple of years been putting the final pieces into the puzzle.

Aaron have been playing together in various bands though for at least 7 years now. Escaping Pavement is kind of like the culmination of all the things we’ve learned and kept with us from being in those bands,” said Emily.

It’s a combination between their beautiful harmonization, country edge, and energetic backing makes for a show not to be missed. Dabbling in a little bit of everything fun and western, front woman Emily Burns describes their sound nicely.

Americana on the rocks with a splash of folk.  Or it’s also been referred to as Folk-rockin altercana.”

1375680_518283501595207_1994248203_nNot only showcasing their wonderful talent around the metro area, playing small gigs in Northern Michigan help bring Escaping Pavement new fans from all over the mitten state. Having played multiple shows at Short’s Pub, one of Michigan’s premiere craft breweries, only goes to show that having a strong blend between creating new music and establishing new fans, is a health mix.

Of course it’s important to create new material to keep things interesting for both us and our fans. At the same time, I think we have the most success in gaining new fans by playing that music live in different markets,” said Emily.

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I hope to see the music industry thriving with independent artists making a living on live shows and merchandise. Although I don’t see much hope for the recorded music market with the way things are headed now.”