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Reviews of Appaloosa Daydream


Review by Fireball Mail Magazine

"Appaloosa Daydream, the Urban Monroes’ third CD release; trots, gallops and sometimes flies across a 10-song soundscape of original and traditional bluegrass music. Songs like the upbeat and vocally divine original, “Lamp in the Window” can take you to a warm fire on a cold night, while the title track prances delightedly in a valley of instrumental bliss. Don’t be fooled by seeing “Little Maggie” on this CD’s track listing either. This is uncharted territory. That recognizable title could not prepare one for this sonic surprise package, with a performance as hauntingly beautiful as it is muscular. Combining motifs from Darling Corey and Little Maggie, the band’s arrangement exchanges energy from moment to moment like the ebb and flow of ocean waves as this trail again leads to the unexpected and exciting.

With enduring arrangements and some clever musical horse sense, the Urban Monroes nimbly negotiate a path to discover the unexplored in the midst of some familiar and some not-so-familiar terrain. The CD lays out that fresh panorama in eloquent testimony of the band’s talent. "

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Review by Jamboree Mountain Bluegrass Magazing

"From haunting bluegrass vocal ballads to joyous upbeat instrumentals, Urban Monroes' latest CD Appaloosa Daydream gallops across the bluegrass fields. The view from the saddle offers glimpses of stunning vistas both new and familiar with the Cascades of the band's home range on one hand and the Appalachians on the other.

The fan-friendly release showcases requested concert favorites and is packed with surprises such as the intricately meshed arrangement of Blackberry Shortcake; a refreshing retake of the bluegrass jam session standard Blackberry Blossom. Another is Little Maggie. Rather than just re-shoeing this old war horse and giving it a quick kick, this is an inspired reinvention of the old favorite. While in delightful contrast, the band's old time-ish arrangement of the title track pumps elements of tradition into a new tune.

Appaloosa Daydream offers the chance to gallop, trot, prance and roll in the bluegrass. Urban Monroes have put their brand on each of these tracks and prove they have the ponies to run with anybody. "

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

July Is the Best Month Ever

Hello Everyone, We sure hope your July has been as fun as ours. We played some amazing shows and had an interview in Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine  which you can read by clicking the link.

We played Darrington Bluegrass Festival and had a wonderful time as you can imagine. This was our second year there. It's always a great privilege to play at the grand daddy of the bluegrass festivals in the Pacific Northwest. I love this place. Below are a couple of photos taken by Betty Jo Rose. The mountain photo was our view from the stage. Life is tough isn't it?

Favorite Surprise Comment About Darrington Run Across Accidentally While Surfing the Net:   "The Urban Monroes blew me away" 











At Darrington, we were impressed with the big Martha White tour bus and since it was National Hot Dog Month, we joked about what it would be like to be sponsored by Oscar Meyer. We thought it might look something like this.


With apologies to Rhonda,the Rage,and Martha White


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We recently played Northwest String Summit 2010.  This was our second time. Below are some NWSS pics. What a fantastic festival. We had the most wonderful time.





We have new live tracks from our performance at NWSS streaming in our player at our Myspace site. The first two live tracks from NWSS.
Click Here: Myspace Urban Monroes



For those of you who haven't been there before,  I shot this video from back stage to give you a feel for that amazing festival. It's of the Infamous Stringdusters. We played right before them.

 






Urban Monroes NWSS Parking Video



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Some Favorite Moments:




We blew the roof off the stage at Olalla Bluegrass Festival during our sound check...or we like to think we did anyway. It was very windy that day. The photo just above is of the stage crew desperately trying to re-attach the sail they inadvertently created. This area is not far from the infamous Tacoma Narrows bridge that was blown down in 1940.


Newsreel Footage of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse



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These are photos taken on the road traveling to and from festivals. Unexpected views in beautiful places



 

Leaving the festival at Walnut Valley in Winfield Kansas





Miles of Sky in Wyoming...





The sign in the photo says "Ranch Exit". There was nothing more there than a weather beaten building and a lonely horse





This is only a quarter mile from the festival at Snowbird, Utah



 


The instrument competition stage at Snowbird, Utah






Scenes like this are everywhere on the festival grounds at Snowbird





On the way to San Francisco you see this view of Mount Shasta





Beautiful Mount Shasta