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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

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring Time in the Soggies

Hello Everyone,

Now that we've all made it through the rainiest, coolest April EVER, what could be more appropriate than starting an equally unseasonable May? But as the old saying goes; April showers bring May rain... So, if we let a smile be our umbrella, here are a few things that have managed to keep our metaphors dry:

First of all, our new CD, Pavement and Pathways, is available for digital download at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/urbanmonroes2). In the next few weeks it will also be at iTunes and will be turning up in various digital outlets at an Internet near you. Physical CD's are available through our website at www.urbanmonroes.com





The Urban Monroes' charting activity for the month included the APD All Time Global Bluegrass Albums Chart, where 1410 downloads by DJ's put the band at #13 (http://tinyurl.com/3vnwpck) and the Root Music Report (RMR) bluegrass Top 50. (http://tinyurl.com/3vnwpck)

We also turned up on The Nashville Showcase DJ Playlist Board. Two of those playlists can be found at: http://lnk.ms/NPGyC  Country and Souvenirs, and at: http://lnk.ms/MTCDN Peelgrass. We thank all the DJ's that have been playing the Urban Monroes.

Please tune into World Wide Bluegrass for Bluegrass in the BASSment on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can usually hear us in the playlist and one of us often haunts the chat room on Saturdays. Come join us. You can ask us anything... as long as you don't expect a straight answer.

Lastly, we've received some nice words that really made us smile:

"I love your vocals and the soul in your sound!" WFDU-FM
"Blown away...you've taken it to a whole new level" Fan Review
"It is very good stuff indeed, very fresh and appealing approach to bluegrass." Highway 61

Aww shucks,
the Urban Monroes