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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. "

BMP Interview

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

APD Global Bluegrass Chart

Hello Everyone,

We know you have lots of things to read in this computer and gadget based
world of information overload, so we will make this as snappy as possible
and try not to send you off into a deep pre-winter/post-Halloween candy
hybernation.



"A fantastic sound...really impressive!" (fan review from WF festival)







As you may or may not know, we have released three radio "singles" through
the Poetman Records label: When the Aspens Turn, Time of Your Life, and most
recently the song Sink or Swim which will be on the label's January release
along with a track from Rhonda Vincent. This will be Poetman's premeir
Bluegrass Sampler and we're excited to be on it.

We were also excited to see that the Urban Monroes are currently number one
on the APD Global Bluegrass chart. The chart is generated as DJ's add a
bluegrass band's music to their program and the November chart includes
Daily and Vincent, Claire Lynch, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury and so many
other great bluegrass artists. We are honored to be sitting at the top of
that list. Here's a link to a screen capture of that chart:
http://tinyurl.com/37w5sa8 from the first week in Nov. We haven't had time to make a new screen capture but we are still number one on that chart as of Nov 16 with four singles from our new CD Pavement and Pathways in the top singles charts as well.

Last month, we discovered that we were number 9 in the top 35 bluegrass
artists reported at ReverbNation. Again, that list includeds some familiar
names like Daily and Vincent, Steel Drivers, Rhonda Vincent, Cadillac Sky
and so many more. This was a big surprise to us because it was right after
the IBMA named Daily and Vincent as the Entertainers of the Year. We didn't
expect to be named on a list of anything that had their names on it, yet
we've found it on two global radio charts in a month, a nice way to start
off a season full of reasons to celebrate.

We like to share a playlist from time to time. Here is a recent playlist posted on November 15th from Bluegrass on the Hill with Jeanie Evans.

Bluegrass on the Hill Playlist 11/15/2010

WHOLE LOT MORE LIVIN/RICKEY WASSON
AIN'T NO WAY OF KNOWING/STEEP CANYON RANGERS
CAROLINA SMOKEY MOUNTAIN HOME/SPEC. CONSENSUS
RAWHIDE/MARTY STUART
BOYS IN HATS & TIES/BIG COUNTRY BLUEGRASS
NORTHWARD BOUND/BEARFOOT
1946/DAVID PETERSON & 1946
GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY/RICKY SKAGGS
THAT BLUEGRASS MUSIC/GIBSON BROTHERS
DON'T THAT ROAD LOOK ROUGH AND ROCKY/OSBORNE BROTHERS
REBECCA/HEARTLAND XPRESS
SYCAMORE HOLLOW/BLUE HIGHWAY
TAKE THIS HAMMER/MASHVILLE BRIGADE
WHEN THE ASPENS TURN/URBAN MONROES
WHICH WAY TO GO/CAROLINA ROAD
YOUR LOVE IS LIKE A FLOWER/DAILEY & VINCENT
PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES/DALE ANN BRADLEY
MEMORY OF YOU/COUNTRY BOYS
FIFTY MILES OF ELBOW ROOM/DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD
MODEL CHURCH/BLUEGRASS ALBUM BAND
LOSE AGAIN/ALISON KRAUSS
BLUE MEMORIES/PATTY LOVELESS
IF THOSE OLD TRAINS/RANDY KOHRS
MATTHEW/SPRING STREET
BEEN ALL AROUND/DAVID DAVIS & WARRIOR RIVER
BLACK HEARSE FOLLOWING ME/JUNIOR SISK
RAIN PLEASE GO AWAY/ALISON KRAUSS
WAY DOWN DEEP/RALPH STANLEY & VERN GOSDIN
FOGGY MOUNTAIN ROCK/BLUEGRASS ALBUM BAND



Hope everyone is doing wonderful and that your Halloween was filled with fun
and sweetness. Here come the Holidays!!!! Bring 'em on. I love the Holidays.



~the Urban Monroes

P.S APD does not stand for Atlanta Police Department