"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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Urban Monroes Release New Single on Acoustic Rainbow Bluegrass Radio Sampler

Mountain Sky Media is proud to announce the release of a new single by the Urban Monroes entitled “Hole in My Heart” which will appear on Acoustic Rainbow Bluegrass Sampler #3. Kentucky’s Acoustic Rainbow samplers have continued a proud tradition releasing 41 roots radio compilations. Recently they expanded their repertoire to include a sampler of bluegrass, old time and mountain music with distribution to over 800 radio stations world-wide and includes such artists as Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, the Grascals, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson and many others.

The new single will be the Urban Monroes fourth Acoustic Rainbow release following, “When the Aspens Turn”, “Time of Your Life” and “You Don’t Have to Move That Mountain.” Beautifully tragic, “Hole in My Heart” is bluegrass without blisters, slower and weepier. It was selected for release not only because of the band’s love for the song, but because download trends indicated listeners were moved by it as well.

“Hole in My Heart” appears on the band’s recent CD release Pavement and Pathways, which was recently nominated for the prestigious Best of Portland Awards. Several tracks have appeared on national and international charts with review accolades still coming in.

"With a panoramic view through inspiring originals and a driving rootsy style unrelentingly their own, Pavement and Pathways is a joyride down the Appalachian Trail's fast lane. "  -The Fireball Mail

“Passionately executed, high flying fun!” -The Oregonian
 “Bluegrass music in all-wheel drive.” -The Register Guard
The Urban Monroes bluegrass music follows the trail of tradition as it merges with the contemporary. This is the same roadmap the band has always used as they intricately wind through the music-scape.  Bluegrass has the ability to be sledge hammer hard, technically intricate, highly arranged and spontaneously explosive all at the same time and that’s the energy the band wants to capture.

With “Hole in My Heart” on the upcoming Acoustic Rainbow Bluegrass sampler the Urban Monroes find a soft shoulder on their bluegrass highway.