Brethern, Copemish, Cadillac and East Lansing, MI, plus Nashville, TN
Composed of four Michiganders from four different towns and one Nashville cat, Detour is a new bluegrass band that has created quite a stir around the state and is beginning to turn heads outside Michigan as well.
Jeff Rose of Brethren, Michigan, plays mandolin, sings lead and harmony vocals, and writes many of the band's original songs. With bluegrass roots run deep in Eastern Kentucky, his songwriting helps Detour to stand out with fresh new material. He toured extensively for over twenty years with Iowa Rose, the High Canyon Ramblers, and the Porkypines. He has also led numerous songwriting, mandolin, and guitar workshops.
From Cadillac, Michigan, Zak Bunce drives the Detour sound on doghouse bass; when he sings lead he reaches out and grabs that high lonesome sound. Zak started singing and playing music at an early age in Lake Effect, one of Michigan's leading roots family bands, and has regularly performed with his sister, Rachael Davis.
Scott Zylstra of Copemish, Michigan, plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Scott has played throughout Michigan in a number of bands, including the Porkypines. When he's not playing music, Scott runs a highly successful recording and production studio in Traverse City, Michigan.
Hailing from southern Indiana, but living now in Nashville, Tennessee, Mike Sumner has established himself within the bluegrass world as one of the finest five-string banjo players around. He has won numerous banjo contests including the prestigious Winfield (Kansas) National Banjo Championship, the Merlefest Banjo Contest in Wilkesbaro, North Carolina, and Rockygrass in Lyons, Colorado. Mike brings a number of original tunes to the band and sings lead and harmony vocals.
East Lansing, Michigan, resident Peter Knupfer, a faculty member at Michigan State University, has been a professional fiddle player for over 30 years. Trained formally starting in the 4th grade, he later was so inspired by a recording of the late legendary fiddler Vassar Clements that he took up bluegrass and country fiddle upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin. He went on to record, travel, and perform with a number of bands in the Midwest, including 'Grass, Food & Lodging. Peter won state fiddle championships in Wisconsin and Kansas and has become a popular session fiddler.