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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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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Urban Monroes Release DJ Stocking Stuffer

The Holidays are here! Okay, no big surprise there, but we wanted to let DJ's know that there's a gift (well it's free anyway) just for them from the Urban Monroes. The band has loaded a new Christmas single into their AirPlay Direct account. Gift wrapped on 11/22, it's ready to be opened and played with right away. We peeked under the wrapping paper and discovered it to be a rollicking bluegrass version of Little Drummer Boy and it's available for download now. Also on the UM's AirPlay Direct page is another shiny package; an additional Christmas single, the Seussian bluegrass classic: Mr. Grinch. Both singles are available for download right now and you should be able to stream them from their Airplay Direct account. 

With a little help from Santa's elves and a lot of help from Santa's dj's during the eight days that the songs were in Airplay Direct, on November 30th the Urban Monroes found themselves with the #1 album in all genres,, #3 in the top singles All Genres, and # 6 in the Global Top 50 Bluegrass Albums for the month.

Fashioned from the heart of tradition and infused with adrenalin, 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 traditional and original material with a style and delivery uniquely its own

If you'd like to know what else the band is planning to put under its tree, there's an up-to-date news stream at their domain