"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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Urban Monroes November Update - Thanksgiving Turkey in the Straw

Urban Monroes News
November 2011

Halloween came and went along with many bags of candy, all tried and tested in advance of course,...for safety...that is, and now suddenly Thanksgiving is approaching. What a great time to put out an update as the Urban Monroes are thankful for so many things. In October as well as November, the band has been moving steadily up the Fireball Mail Top 20 Bluegrass singles chart and is now at number #5. Chart as follows  
At this time one year ago, we sat in the  #1 spot at Airplay Direct on the Global Top 50 Bluegrass chart. We held that spot for many weeksthen we continued onto the Roots Music report and others including Nashville's Powersource Magazine Top 35 Bluegrass. It's been a great year so far and we're looking forward to the excitement that the rest of the year holds.

We celebrated Halloween by kicking off the Lonesome Pine RFD Show on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. We will be giving an interview on the show in the coming weeks.

Recently w
e played at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival,massive event in Issaquah, Washington that included an equally massive rain storm. By the end, I think the honored salmon were returning to the spawning grounds via the sidewalk, but that 
day included what was perhaps one of the most rewarding moments we've experienced. As a wall of rain was dumping EVERYWHERE, people gathered, more than had been there before we played, and stood till the last song during a torrential downpour. We played to the end and they stayed to the end. We were on a covered stage, they were drenched. We were so grateful to them for their support. It should have been awful, but it was ridiculously FUN!!!

The following week, we played to a packed-to-the-rafters, standing-room-only Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington for the Bluegrass at Birdfest festival. Nothing beats a bluegrass audience...but you already know that!
         Photos by Eric Frommer


Here Is Some Recent Fan mail:

"You were AWESOME at Birdfest! What a GREAT show!!! Can't wait to hear you again!" - Sandy

"I caught "Time of Your Life" on KBCS last night and thoroughly enjoyed it!  I'm planning on catching you @ Salmon Days and anticipate purchasing your CD." -  Kevin
"Dear Urban Monroes,
Thank you for your music. I heard your "Secret Agent Man" on KVMR and had to have it! The CD is very good! When you're in Sacramento I'd really enjoy seeing your show" - Jim 

Thank you for your time! We hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving 
~the Urban Monroes