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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. "

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Friday, January 7, 2011

New Years Resolutions




Urban Monroes' New Year's resolution: Tell everyone "Happy New Year!" So here we go... Happy New Year! Glad that's taken care of.

Just a few tidbits to start off 2011. The band finished up December in the Top 10 Global Bluegrass Albums at APD. We've managed to remain there for three months. Thank you to the DJ's playing the Urban Monroes. One of the songs recently added there, our version of You Don't Have to Move That Mountain, will be on Poetman Records' premier bluegrass sampler, which comes out at the end of January. The sampler will also include cuts from the Grascals with Dolly Parton and Kathy Matea with the amazing Jens Kruger. I'm looking forward to hearing this CD myself. You can get a preview of that brand new UM's cut along with our other new tunes in our player at www.urbanmonroes.com or www.myspace.com/urbanmonroes. The new songs feature Martin Stevens who is a recent addition to the Urban Monroes. Martin's playing is hot enough to melt tortoise shell picks so it's a good thing you can get a chance to listen to him now during the cool winter months.

Here are some recent live shots