"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

Monday, May 28, 2012

Urban Monroes May Update-Redwood Runaway Tour

We had a wonderful time playing in California again. Tucked away among our shows through Oregon and California, was a stop in Crescent City where we had the honor of playing the reception for the union of two remarkable people, both of whom just happen to be attack pilots. U.S Army Captain Michelle is an Apache helicopter pilot, and U.S. Air Force Captain Aaron is an Air Force A-10 pilot. Who ever said the different branches of the military couldn't get along? The joint mission these two war veterans have embarked upon seems to be off to a magnificent start. The UM's wish Capt. & Capt. all the best! These are great people who have performed a great service and held an event that was great fun!
We are #1 locally, nationally and globally on the Bluegrass Charts at Reverb Nation.  Thank you  to all of those who have connected with us there and shared us on your Facebook

We have been nominated for the Best of Portland awards with our CD Pavement and Pathways.
We also have a few special broadcast "thank yous" we'd like to say thanks to: Gentleman Jim and WWWB, Jeanie Evans and  KRSC, WDRT the Newgrass show for spinning the Urban Monroes, WOBC-RadioActivity, Bluegrass Radio Sacramento, Bluegrass Radio Chicago,Real Kentucky Radio, Mostly Folk Show, Ranch Breakfast WPR, Honkytonks and Heartaches, Classic Tracks Radio, Country Bear  Radio, WAMU, Bluegrass Planet  Earth  and World Wide Bluegrass in general.