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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. "

BMP Interview

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Urban Monroes- Pickin' in a Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year!!!! 2011 has ended and 2012 has begun. It sure feels good to get back to an even numbered year again...

We have no reason to complain about last year though: another twelve months of  playing music. What's there to complain about in that? If you've been following along in the blog, you already know most of what's been going on up through last October, so we'll rejoin the Urban Monroes saga in-progress.

Late in November, we released a Holiday Single. It was our version of "The Little Drummer Boy." That's right, a bluegrass version of "Little Drummer Boy" and it signaled the kickoff off of an eventful holiday.

With Drummer Boy in tow, we reached the top of the AirPlay Direct charts not only for bluegrass, but in all genres. It was gratifying to have the new single make its way into so many Yuletide playlists. It was combined with our version of Mr. Grinch as Dec. 25th drew closer. Among others, Gentleman Jim of World Wide Bluegrass' "Bluegrass in the BASSment" show spent the month playing both and on Christmas Eve, WYSO's Joe Colvin featured the cuts on his Christmas special. We were in the Top 10 Voted songs at the Downhome Den and were played on dozens of Holiday shows. Heading into the new year, we also found that the band had been featured on the European bluegrass broadcast, PeelGrass and the Nashville DJ Public Showcase.

Last fall, we announced that the Urban Monroes would be releasing another single. Originally planning the release for November, that decision was preempted by our release of  "Drummer Boy." Now that Christmas has passed for another year, that preempted single has been "re-empted" and this new single has been released. The latest UM offering is an original, uptempo bluegrass song entitled, "Lamp in the Window" and it's available for DJ's to download at AirPlay Direct. The song can also be heard in our player at You can tune into Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble in Syracuse New York, Gentleman Jim's shows on World Wide Bluegrass and lots of others to hear it on the radio.  We are also currently in high rotation on CFBX and we wish to thank them.

Well, we hope you have a wonderful 2012. I've always like the number 12, too. It reminds me of my cousin who had that many toes. Yep, five on one foot, seven on the other. He always ran in circles.