"William's Still Alive", an Urban Monroes original, made the Roots Music Report "Best Albums of 2015" Chart

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, August 22, 2011

Urban Monroes-Two Days and 100,000 People, Jammin' With Salmon


Urban Monroes will be joining Danny Barnes, Scott Law, Wayward Vessel and many other great artists as they perform at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival just 15 minutes east of Seattle, Washington on Oct 2nd, 2011. They will be appearing on the Salmon Hatchery Stage which is located near the actual salmon hatchery grounds along the river. Sponsored by Microsoft and the City of Issaquah Arts Commission, the band is part of an event expected to draw over 100,000 people with food, free activities, vendors, crafts, and the backdrop of the Cascade Mountains in addition to the live music. The Salmon Days Festival is in its 42nd year of music and celebration of returning salmon and the Urban Monroes are pleased to be a part of the 2011 lineup.

Salmon Days will be one of the last “outdoor” festivals of the season for the Urban Monroes, but the last few months have been as busy away from the stage as on it. During the summer, the band has been enjoying the successes of its most recent CD, Pavement and Pathways, which in June and July appeared on Powersource Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass chart with their latest single “You Don’t Have To Move That Mountain,” which was released on Poetman Record’s radio sampler. Tracks from Pavement and Pathways spent three consecutive weeks on the Roots Music Report National Top 50 Bluegrass chart as well as being on the Roots Music Report Chart in Washington state for all genres, where it continues to remain. The Urban Monroes are also currently enjoying the band’s presence on the Folk and Bluegrass DJ Org’s most played bands chart.

Fashioned from the heart of tradition and infused with adrenaline, the Urban Monroes’ bluegrass style combines the skills of some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest talent. Fast-paced and highly energetic, the band performs both original and traditional bluegrass with a style and delivery uniquely its own.

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