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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. "

BMP Interview

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pavement and Pathways... No Lane Changes Next 1/4 Mile

Urban Monroes News
June 2011

We officially released Pavement and Pathways in May and the response couldn't have been better. We were in the top sellers at various outlets. We had three singles released from the album on Kentucky's Poetman Records. The singles were "You Don't Have To Move that Mountain", "When the Aspens Turn" and "Time of Your Life".  The CD showed up on many different charts and we appreciated all of the attention it got and the people who featured our music. We especially want to thank Gentleman Jim from World Wide Bluegrass who has been playing our music on every show, twice a week since 2008. We could never thank him enough for his support and friendship.  We selected the song "Secret Agent Man" and recorded it with Jim in mind. It's dedicated to him and his show Bluegrass in the BASSment. So when we got the following review from Backroads Bluegrass yesterday, it made us very happy:  
"The piece de resistance was "Secret Agent Man".  What a great finish!!  I was speechless the entire time thisproject was playing." 

Some of the songs from the album were released as singles in prior months in advance of the release of the full project and the following are some of the charts that we have been on going back to October.

Here are some new reviews for Pavement and Pathways:

"With You Don't Have to Move that Mountain and Hole in My heart you have taken it to a whole new level"

-Fan Review

"I love your voice and the soul in your sound" 

Lonesome Pine RFD /WAMU

"You have a great sound! 
I can't wait to share your music with my listeners" 
Jeanie at the Bluegrass Mix


Our new CD Pavement and Pathways is #4 in the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart. We have 7 singles on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart. It is #2 on the Washington Roots Report Chart and it is in the National Top  50 Bluegrass Albums on the Roots Report Chart. 

June Charts at links below:

All of us in the Urban Monroes are having a great festival and event season. We hope you are too.

Thank you for your time.