DETOUR, “A Better Place,” Bluegrass Ahead. 14 tracks.
I don’t know about you, but it’s been years since I’ve been able to think about Jackie DeShannon’s “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” without hearing Bill Murray’s version in “Scrooged,” which has become a Christmas staple on cable.
Detour does a good job of grassing up the 1968 pop hit, but I’m still hearing the “Scrooged” cast in the background.
The Michigan-based band features mostly originals in “A Better Place” with eight of the 14 tracks written by mandolin player Jeff Rose and one — “Lovin’ Liza Jane” — written by lead singer Melissa “Missy” Armstrong.
The first single, “Quarterline Road,” is a nostalgic song about home.
“Homeless of the Brave” is a ballad about veterans who can’t find jobs in the country they fought for — “the richest land on earth.”
“A Better Place” is ballad about searching for a place where pain is gone and the sun always shines.
Loretta Lynn’s “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” is a bluesy gospel number.
On “Everything Is Nothing As It Seems,” Armstrong sings about always falling for someone who is falling for someone else.
“I’ve Just Seen The Rock Of Ages” is an uptempo gospel number about a dying woman.
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