Escaping Pavement

Escaping Pavement

 Ferndale, Michigan, USA
DuoAmericanaFolk

Americana wildflowers amongst blades of bluegrass. Have you Escaped the Pavement lately?

Biography

The phrase, Escaping Pavement means so much more to singer-songwriters Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz than a name for a group. They also see it as a description of how they wish to live their lives. “In this very technology-based day and age, we feel it is more important now than ever to hold on to the things that ground us and remind us we’re all in this together. It’s about getting back to the essence of the human experience,” says Emily. The newly formed duo that arose from the ashes of a quartet, are getting ready to release their sophomore effort entitled, The Night Owl. “On this album we were striving to keep the human element very present. There might be a slightly off vocal note, or a floor board creaking that was picked up by a mic but it’s all one hundred percent real,” explains Aaron. “Almost every minute of this album was recorded live. I think that really comes across when you listen to the record. It gives you a very true representation of who we are,” adds Emily. 

The Detroit, Michigan-based duo masterfully blends and blurs the lines of bluegrass, folk, country, and rock garnering favorable comparisons to artists as diverse as The Band, tastemaker/producer T Bone Burnett, The Civil Wars, and Emmylou Harris. Their unique, joint front-person arrangement that showcases their lush vocal harmonies is combined with melodic mandolin passages and hard driving guitar rhythms. When all of these elements collide, they allow for astounding musical interplay.

The duo’s new album is a compilation of stories about life’s complexities and the ways in which we deal with them. Themes such as the search for true happiness, the loss of a loved one, or moving on after a tragedy are found throughout the record. On songs such as “The Sweetest Lady” and “Silver Lining” two of these themes shine brightly. The latter was written after the pair had seen a painting of a barn that had burned revealing a full moon. The painting’s artist had been commissioned to create a visual representation of the Japanese proverb, “my barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.” “When we saw the painting and learned the story behind it, we were floored by its simplicity and positivity. It’s wisdom one could only hope to summon when facing a major crisis,” says Aaron. The song "The Sweetest Lady" takes on one of life’s biggest challenges-dealing with the loss of a loved one. The lyrics were written by Emily shortly after her grandfather had passed away. “It was the first time I had experienced the loss of someone with whom I had a fairly close relationship. It was hard to come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t going to be around anymore and to come to terms with the kind of impact his passing was going to have on my grandmother. It wasn’t an easy song to write but in many ways it was very therapeutic. I feel every aspect of the song from the arrangement, to the melody, to the lyrics, to the instrumentation, really captures the essence of how we felt in that time period. It’s a song we’re very proud of and it’s definitely one of the most personal songs we’ve ever written,” says Emily.  

Being hailed as, “One of the best americana bands out of Detroit, MI,” Escaping Pavement hopes to spread their roots-based message far beyond their home state. With a lengthy tour planned for summer 2016, they’ll be taking their “americana-master blend” to the west coast and back making numerous stops along the way in Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, California, Missouri and many other states. Emily explains: “We feel we’ve grown so much as songwriters and people in the years since, UpRooted (EP’s 2013 debut album). This album feels like a huge leap for us. It’s decidedly different from our first in more ways than we can count. We’ve never been more sure of the direction we’re headed with our music than we are with this record. It’s definitely a milestone for us and we hope others will see that too.”

Lyrics

Mary-The Night Owl

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Matkovitz

Searching everywhere and looking
Those old memories
In your eye
Fill your plate and consume you
Till your missing
In that time
Aren't there any wonders that you've looked upon?
Are they any blunders that you wish to be undone?
Are there any heroes that you wish to become?
Will you ever join us in the present?

And hide
All those thoughts behind you
Cry
Release the fears that bind you
To a place you don't belong

Holding on so tightly
To that bright and shining time
When everything was simple
Life was like a
Natural high
Is it any wonder that this time has passed?
Did you ever ponder how you were going to make it last?
Looking through photographs and through the looking glass
All the while present moments moved on past so

Hide
All those thoughts behind you
Cry
Release the fears that bind you
To a place you don't belong

When you open
Yourself up to the life that surrounds you
All your actions
Thoughts and deeds will be
All you need
To fulfill
Your dreams

So hide
All those thoughts behind you
Cry
Release the fears that bind you
To a place you don't belong

Derailed-The Night Owl

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz

Darkness
Hides the dirt
All this pain
And this hurt
One more drink before I go
Before I leap
Before I fall
Every night's the same damn thing this road I've travelled heavily

Suffer
In silence
Inside of these four walls like an island
Just can't wait till the sun goes down
Before I take another sip
Before I drown
Ceilings spinning walls are closing in could I be dreaming?

Screeching steel and sparks are flying oh I'm set back on my heels
Engine steam is rising high oh I just don't know what's real

Fuel the Fire-The Night Owl

Written By: Aaron Markovitz,Emily Burns

Why'd you call me out,
why'd you call me out
why'd you call me out tonight
I heard your name
on the wind
and it was
something I could not fight
oh something I could not fight

I know a place where the river is wild
and the water runs deep and cold
just the way I would feel if I lost you and I
hope I never know
Well I hope I never know

We don't need to Fuel the Fire
it's already burning red hot coals
we don't need to lead desire
it's already found us all on its own
Please oh lord bring the morning light
before things get out of control

Meet me where
the road runs out and the moon's the only light
If I'm not there
don't bother waiting round
he's already got me in his sights
he's already got me in his sights

We don't need to Fuel the Fire
it's already burning red hot coals
we don't need to lead desire
it's already found us all on its own
Please oh lord bring the morning light
before things get out of control

We don't need to Fuel the Fire
it's already burning red hot coals
we don't need to lead desire
it's already found us all on its own
Please oh lord bring the morning light
before things get out of control

The Sweetest Lady-The Night Owl

Written By: Aaron Markovitz,Emily Burns

The sand's still on my shoes and the words they are
swimming in my head
the image of that house imprinted clearly in my mind
I could not easily forget
Or ever regret

The water washed down the way with you
firmly in its grasp
as we watched our hearts were slowly sinking in
Another soul sent out to rest
and we all looked our best

As we carried on our way
the feelings began to take hold
wrapping around us like a vine to a tree
reaching for the sun to make us whole

Going to see the sweetest lady I have ever known
Her world's been turned upside down
but she goes on smiling
last sixty years have been her home
She'll never be alone

Words left unspoken are
sometimes better said
With a gesture a touch that can mean so much
unlike saying it can

Dumb Luck-The Night Owl

Written By: Aaron Markovitz,Emily Burns

What is it
that lies beneath this house
the ground
my feet?

There is no way of knowing
and there may be no signs
keep digging but the task may never be complete

We'll keep digging this hole as far as we can go till our
brows our full of sweat
and our fingers are worked to the bone

We'll keep chasing our blind faith till we find any kinda
dumb luck we can get
and we'll run with it just like a pot of gold

So complacent
with this disrepair
alright with those few things broken here and there
Like that gap
in the trim that don't quite
meet the wall
the garden's overgrown but I could not heed the call

Can I do it all tomorrow save it for another day
put these things upon a shelf?
They're not going anywhere anyway

Let's keep digging this hole
until we find any kinda dumb luck we can get
and we'll run with it just like a pot of gold
just like a pot of gold

Oh let's just keep
digging this hole as far as we can go till our brows are full of sweat
and out fingers are worked right to the bone

Oh let's just keep chasing our blind faith till we find any kinda
dumb luck we can get
and we'll run with it just like a pot of gold

Silver Lining-The Night Owl

Written By: Aaron Markovitz,Emily Burns

I wake up
with a cold vacant stare
as i trekked out through the snow
the absence
of any soul fire or flare
as I made my way back home

But my barn burned down and now I can see the moon
The joy i've found well no one no one understands like I do
One look around
all the things I can see that were hidden from me
This patch of ground
Where once stood all that my life meant to me
can you see it?
Cause I can feel it
Since my barn burned down

The relics
In a shroud of dust
They await us light return
Their cast iron
is fading to rust
as their struggling engines turn

But my barn burned down and now I can see the moon
The joy i've found well no one no one understands like I do
One look around
all the things I can see that were hidden from me
This patch of ground
Where once stood all that my life meant to me
can you see it?
Cause I can feel it
Since my barn burned down

Well it may sound crazy to you
but I'm a lot happier since
that old place is gone
oh I don't need nothing to get on
see my barn burned down
but now I see the moon

What good
could come of this?
See my life's gone up in flames
What silver lining
could possibly exist?
In the mess that has been made

But my barn burned down and now I can see the moon
The joy i've found well no one no one understands like I do
One look around
all the things I can see that were hidden from me
This patch of ground
Where once stood all that my life meant to me
can you see it?
Cause I can feel it
Since my barn burned down
Down

Wanderers-The Night Owl

Written By: Aaron Markovitz,Emily Burns

Hey there darling
Take my hand
Trust in me to
understand
and We'll do
just what we want to
soon as we can

Once in a lifetime
one of a kind
choosin' to hear not
going blind
to a world of standing
still

Saying nothing is impossible we ride
with the wind on our nose
running uphill into the sun with the
scorching sand between our toes
if we were to ever let the feeling go
would it ever be the same
Everything seems impossible come on and blow
the winds of change

Sometimes you'll wander
You'll take it slow
A time to ponder
sometimes you'll know
where it is you need to go

Saying nothing is impossible
we ride with the wind on our nose
Thousands of miles worth blown through our hair and wrinkles in our clothes
Slowing down every now and then to a road just to see what lies between
where we're going where we've come from what we want and what we need.

Hey there darling
Take my hand

Discography

The Night Owl-June 4th, 2016

Uprooted-released July 26th, 2013

Set List

Winter Homecoming
Mary
Silver Lining
Dust From the Moon
Fuel the Fire
Derailed
Burn This Bridge
Here Again
Drive Me to Sadness
3 Weeks
Words of a Dying Woman
Wanderers
4th of July
Empty Room
The Sweetest Lady
Leave the Light On
The Night Owl
Dumb Luck
Running Wild
Second Time I've Breathed
What Will We Do? (What Will We Say)
Girl From the North Country
Watching the Wheels