Escaping Pavement

Escaping Pavement

 Ferndale, Michigan, USA
DuoAmericanaFolk

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

Biography

Escaping Pavement is a Detroit, Michigan-based duo that masterfully blends and blurs the lines of country, folk, americana, and rock, garnering favorable comparisons to artists as diverse as The Band, Chris Robinson, tastemaker/producer T Bone Burnett, The Civil Wars, The Band of Heathens, and Emmylou Harris. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing, allows for astounding musical interplay.The bands debut album, UpRooted, represents a coming home to Americana from a 10-year long freewheeling musical quest.

UpRooted is refined and rustic, a celebration of American music thrown by musicians with the chops and character-making life experiences to do it right. 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, someones life changing in a way thats out of their hands, like loss, or someone wanting to change themselves. Being uprooted in life happens to everyone, Emily says.

On the pastoral Winter Homecoming Aaron sings with sweetly soulful longing about the painful complexity of moving on. That song was written as a dialogue between somebody who's gone away, and somebody who's stayed behind, he explains. I went through a time when I had very mixed feelings about being away, and at the same time very mixed feelings about being home. I think its a song that deals with the struggle of the grass is always greener somewhere else. Its bucolic beauty perfectly captures the telepathic interplay of Aaron and Emily. As a duet, it showcases how gracefully Aaron and Emilys honeyed voices interlace. The stunning Drive Me To Sadness is sweetly urgent. That song is about letting go of the small things that upset you and focusing on whats important in the grand scheme of things, Emily explains.

I feel like UpRooted is the biggest highlight so far, Aaron says thinking back. Everything we've been working on for the past five or six years has somehow been leading up to this. All of these random happenings have been our path to where we are. The schooling, the bar gigs, the cruise ships, every cover song we've ever learned. Emily adds: Its been a labor of love, we poured our heart and soul into this music. - Bio by Lorne Behrman

Lyrics

Winter Homecoming

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz

Fill me in on the good news, I feel uneasy lately
I said as I walked through the door to come inside
It's been rough around here, going through all of this alone Come in shut the door it's bitter cold outside
Now the halfway painted, smoke-tinged and faded walls surrounded me, As I gazed into some photograph's in frames
I came upon a feeling way down deep inside of me
Saying nothin here is ever gonna change
Oh, we've been waiting on a man who's passed away to come walking through that door,
Even though I know that cannot be
But maybe they're gonna make an exception for me
It's been a long year with you away Don't you feel like comin home to stay Oh my feelings are faded more each day Summertime please make it here okay
From this fair city many people come and go
and in this city, things have come undone
I don't know many people who would like to call it home, God I know I'm not the only one
It's been a long year with you away
Don't you feel like coming home to stay? Oh, my feelings are fading more each day Summertime please make it here okay
I said summertime please make it here okay Summertime please make it here okay

Mary

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

Dust From the Moon

Written By: Emily Burns,Aaron Markovitz

No celebration
Standing ovation
No pomp and circumstance
Just an empty ballroom
Filled with the sound
Of the hopeless waltz again
Solemn person sways to the music
Hoping for sweet romance
But they reach out and there's no one to take their hand

When to turn back
And when to move on
From a road that's
Led nowhere for so long
Beware of those who promise the moon
Often times they'll prove to you
That their lies are worth no more than dust from the moon

Non but a fraction
No chain reaction
No dominoe effect
You stand there slowly
Chipping away
At the wall that's holding you back
You finally start to see the light that
Shines on the other end
But your chisel is dull and you've made
But only a dent

When to turn back
And when to move on
From a road that's
Led nowhere for so long
Beware of those who promise the moon
Often times they'll prove to you
That their lies are worth no more than dust from the moon

Derailed

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

Discography

Uprooted-released July 2013

Owl and the Bear-to be released spring 2016

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
Word from the Uninformed
Night Owl
Dumb Luck

Running Wild

Restless Needs

Second Time I've Breathed

What Will We Do? (What Will We Say)