Escaping Pavement's Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz met one night at an open mic and since then they've been inseparable. They were teen guitarists obsessed with roots music. Their band's debut, UpRooted, represents a coming home to Americana from a 10-year long freewheeling musical quest.
The Detroit, Michigan-based duo 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, Dawes, and Emmylou Harris. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily and Aaron sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing, allows for astounding musical interplay.
The band is the culmination of a decade of two gifted musicians' exploration, schooling, and on-the-job training. They formally honed their craft at Los Angeles Music Academy College Of Music. On their journey they soaked up rock, pop, jazz, reggae, blues, and funk, and tried various band permutations within these stylistic guises. "I guess that's what happens when you're fresh out of music school," Aaron says.
Upon graduating from LAMA, they moved back to Detroit. "At that point we got the crazy idea to go play music on a cruise ship in order to gather some money to record our debut album. So, we disappeared to sea for a year, playing every song you could think of on a cruise ship," Aaron explains. "At the time of our return we started writing the songs for UpRooted."
Stylistically focused and musically well seasoned, Escaping Pavement went into Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, MI. "It was an amazing experience to see and hear all of those years of hard work coming together into one cohesive statement, " reflects Aaron. Emily produced the album with the assistance of engineer Tony Hamera.
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, someone's life changing in a way that's out of their hands, like loss, or someone wanting to change themselves. Being uprooted in life happens to everyone," Emily says.
"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: "It's been a labor of love, we poured our heart and soul into this music." -Bio by Lorne Behrman