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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. "

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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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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Urban Monroes April Update 2012-Spring Gleaning

 
 
 
UM UPDATE
Urban Monroes News
 April 2012

   Hello,

It's springtime and we are so happy to see flowers and leaves again! Things are blooming everywhere
 as winter retreats. Snowshoe and ski paths are disappearing to disclose the hiking trails they have disguised since last fall. So it seems appropriate for us to do something similar and reveal the musical trails we've been on for the last few months. 
If you are interested you can read about our adventures from November through January at our February blog at blogspot. www.urbanmonroes.blogspot.com  It summarizethree single releases we did including 2 at Christmas and 1 in January. We appeared on many charts across the country with our original "Lamp in the Window"

                                               

We are currently in the Top 30 Bluegrass at KDVX for both February and March. We have been in the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart as well as the All Time Global Top 50 Bluegrass for March.  We also appeared on the Fireball Mail Sizzling Top 20 Bluegrass Singles chart.

                                                 
We have new performance videos from March posted at your YouTube page in the Featured Playlist which you'll see in about the middle of the page at www.youtube.com/urbanmonroes

Here are a few direct links to new videos:

John Hardy with the Baby Elephant Walk:
http://youtu.be/6gjquT4Lz30

Little Maggie:
http://youtu.be/nOOD7F0O0y8

Salt Creek:
http://youtu.be/ui183r2eqM8
                                                  

                                                 
One of our new songs (Not yet released) is going to be on the next Poetman Records radio sampler from Kentucky and will be shipped to around 1400 bluegrass radio stations. 


Thank you for your time
   
 ~ the Urban Monroes