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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. "
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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Monday, February 28, 2011
28.25 Days of Music, Chocolate, and Presidents
In case you hadn't heard, the planet Pluto has been demoted in the Solar System's hierarchy of who's who among celestial bodies. The last time I checked, Pluto had been reclassified as a dwarf planet. In honor of that, I think the 28.25 day long February should also be reclassified as a dwarf month. It deserves special recognition for supporting President's Day, Valentine's Day, Washington's birthday, Lincoln's birthday, and Oregon's birthday all during its short span.
But even as the abbreviated month passes into history for another year, we managed to pack it full of UM-activity. For the month, tracks from our new CD Pavement and Pathways as well as tracks from our first release One Fret Makes a Difference put the band on the "All Time" APD Top 50 Global Bluegrass Albums Chart.
Click here for February chart That made five straight months of charting there. Thanks to a lot of DJ's playing our music, in January we were on the Top 50 APD Global Bluegrass "Albums" Chart. We were there for the entire month just as we had been in December for our Christmas release. Earlier in October and November, we held the #1 spot on the Top 50 Global Bluegrass Albums Chart and the Top 50 Global Bluegrass Singles Charts.
Click here for January chart We also managed to squeeze in having the CD of the Month at Country Festival Radio.
Looking forward, some things have already overlapped from the tightly packed February into the more spacious March. One of these is an article in Cybergrass magazine about our single release on Poetman Records/Acoustic Rainbow. It can be found by CLICKING HERE
And just in case you missed it, you can read our Artist of the Week interview in Bluegrass Music Profiles by clicking on the image below.
We hope everyone had a wonderful February full of chocolate candy and Federal holidays, but if your February wasn't the greatest... well, at least it goes by fast!
~the Urban Monroes