With Special Guest Jodee Lewis
Come celebrate the release of Wilderness Cathedrals: A tribute to America’s National Parks, Escaping Pavement’s latest EP. Wilderness Cathedrals is comprised entirely of songs inspired by, and in tribute to, the history and majesty of the National Parks. Half of all proceeds from the sale of this EP will be donated to the National Parks Conservation Association.
Started in 2012, Escaping Pavement released their debut, Uprooted in the summer of 2013, with the stomp and the growl of blues-rock. However, Burns and Markovitz felt their inspirations being drawn toward the sounds of folk, country, and Americana. So, Escaping Pavement became a duo, with unplugged string instruments, and centered on their voices in melodic unison.
The talent, the chemistry, the holistic mindset, it shines in every song. Burns and Markovitz have dismissed glitz and glamour, no amp feedback or laser light shows, no bandwagons hopped nor convoluted fusing of disparate subgenres; just the beauty of acoustic music and the warm rejuvenation of two vocal intonations that perfectly complement one another.
With Escaping Pavement, we’re reminded about how vital of an instrument the human voice can be, how much a shared relationship manifests harmonic magic, and how restorative it can be, as a listener, to get back to the basics, the roots, the acoustic timbres and twangs, the elegance of which we may have forgotten while we were distracted by billboards, nightclubs and Instagram feeds… How wonderful it is, to escape the pavement, and get some dirt, and gravel under your shoes again. Have you escaped the pavement, lately?
A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honky-tonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. The Chicago Tribune says she is “a singer-songwriter whose outsized talent is as big as her voice,” and calls her first album,Whiskey Halo, an “impressive solo debut”.
Her single from the album, In The End, was chosen as the first place winner in the 16th annual Great American Songwriting Contest. Another single from the album, From A Bottle, took runner-up in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) in the country category. Whiskey Halo has also been nominated for country album of the year in the 14th annual Independent Music Awards (IMA).
She explores the themes of loss, heartache, and ultimately, finding hope and beauty during moments of challenge. Considered a true storyteller, Lewis uses music to connect with listeners through shared emotion and honesty.