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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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Friday, July 22, 2011
Things are still buzzing from all this activity. As of today, the band is on Powersource Magazine's Top 35 Bluegrass Chart with the song "You Don't Have To Move That Mountain" and continues to be on the APD Top 50 Global Bluegrass Albums Chart and the band's heads and hearts are spinning with joy right along with the songs. Links to those charts and specific pieces of news can be found in the News Blog at www.myspace.com/UrbanMonroes or www.UrbanMonroes.com
Here are a few reviews that came in during the last couple of days:
"Pavement and Pathways, the band's second full length CD travels across 38 minutes of high flying, energetically infused bluegrass that spans the gamut from powerful original vocal beauties like "Hole in My Heart" to the adventurous instrumental arrangement of "Old Joe Clark" and the picturesque "When the Aspens Turn". None of this would be possible without the band's combination of vocal talents, instrumental skill and fearless execution of un-explored country as in their grassed version of "Secret Agent Man". This four piece band has all three in their guidance system expertly mapping a musical highway that is fast, furious and fun. From start to finish Pavement and Pathways traverses a road of original and traditional material that takes you to places you've never been before." - Blue Jam Magazine
"I received the new CD today and all I can say is WOW!! Every song is great!" - Jim Chatfield World Wide Bluegrass
The Urban Monroes have had a wonderful festival season which continues as August approaches. Here's an article about an upcoming festival on Cybergrass. Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Well, either it's the Fourth of July or someone is trying to blow up the neighborhood. My concern is that those things may not be mutually exclusive. But by the rockets red glare and with the bombs bursting in air, it's an exciting time for an Urban Monroes' update...especially since sleeping is out of the question any time soon.
June has come and gone and we look back on a wonderful month. Our new CD "Pavement and Pathways" spent 3 consecutive weeks on the RMR Top 50 Bluegrass Chart and all four weeks in the Top 10 on the APD Global Bluegrass Albums Chart with seven singles in the Top 50 Bluegrass Singles chart. We were also in the APD Top 50 Albums for all genres in the last week and on the Top Artist of June Fok Music Airplay Chart: A very successful CD release! Besides that...Just got back from a great week at the festival in Weiser. We all needed showers ...badly!...and a lot of sleep!
Click HERE for Urban Monroes at Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival Event Listing. Also, for our schedule check www.urbanmonroes.com.
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