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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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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Urban Monroes are excited to perform at the historic Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington on October 8th at 8pm for the 12th annual Bluegrass at Birdfest Festival. Sponsored by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, the National Wildlife Refuge System and the City of Ridgefield, the entire town will be transformed over the course of the weekend in a celebration of the changing of the season and the influx of migratory birds to the area that results. As part of that celebration, from breakfast til bedtime, an entire flock of bluegrass bands will be performing at the Old Liberty Theater and there will be ongoing jamming throughout the town with multiple locations designated specifically for that purpose. Along with all the bluegrass there will be food vendors, dozens of birding events, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, a wide variety of family activities, discussions and demonstrations of Northwest Native American traditions, and a traditional salmon bake just to name a few of the happenings to be enjoyed throughout the weekend.
With fall fast approaching and the outdoor festival season cooling off both literally and figuratively, the Urban Monroes will be migrating as well, moving to indoor stages. Playing the Old Liberty Theater kicks off this year's shift to weather-proof venues. Bluegrass at Birdfest offers the band a delightful seasonal transition, which is good because it might be hard to let go of the last few months. This summer saw the Urban Monroes' single "You Don't Have to Move That Mountain," in Powersource Magazine's Top 35 Bluegrass chart and tracks from their latest CD, Pavement and Pathways, on the Roots Music Report National Top 50 Bluegrass chart. As a result, the band is justifiably excited to see what fall has to offer.
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.